ISPA Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Cornell Student Christine Muchemu

Mary Tabacchi Scholarship recipient Christine Muchemu // Photo courtesy of ISPA Foundation

The Mary Tabacchi Scholarship will be presented to Christine Muchemu by The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation onstage at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ, from September 24-26. 

Muchemu, who hails from Ithaca, NY, is a second-year student at Cornell University earning her Master of Business of Administration with a concentration in business management. Expected to graduate in May 2019, she plans on establishing a family owned, clean-label hair and beauty brand. 

“Words cannot express the awe-inspiring gratitude I feel for having been honored as a recipient of the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship,” says Muchemu. “This scholarship represents an immense opportunity for me to network with and be mentored by leaders in the health and wellness industry. Because of this award, I believe that I am one step closer to furthering my goal to launch a family-owned business with my sisters that formulates and manufactures cosmetic products containing no synthetic ingredients.”

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Her education expenses will be offset with a $5,000 scholarship, as well as complimentary registration, a travel stipend, and hotel accommodations to attend the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo. Muchemu will also be assigned a year-long mentor to help her succeed in all of her career goals. 

“We are incredibly honored to be able to recognize a student like Christine as the ISPA Foundation Mary Tabacchi Scholarship recipient,” says ISPA Foundation chairman Frank Pitsikalis. “Christine’s educational background and strong work ethic are the exact qualities the scholarship committee looks for when selecting a recipient. We welcome Christine to the ISPA community and cannot wait to see what she will do in the years to come.”

In 2006, the scholarship was created to honor Mary Tabacchi, Ph.D. With a doctorate in biochemical nutrition and biostatistics, Tabacchi has published numerous books on nutrition, spa, and related subjects. She is a professor emerita for the School of Hotel Administration in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University.


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