Not long after it opened in 1967, Jim Morrison of The Doors called the Hyatt Regency Atlanta “the most amazing hotel you’ve ever seen.”
The Lizard King wasn’t exaggerating. With its 22-story atrium, glass elevator cabs and rooftop-perched, blue-domed rotating restaurant, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta transformed the Atlanta skyline and ushered in a new era in hotel architecture.
Fifty years later, the iconic hotel continues to make history, commemorating its golden anniversary by establishing the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hospitality Scholarship with the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration in Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
“An investment in our community’s future is the best way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta,” said hotel general manager, Peter McMahon.
The $100,000 endowment, comprising contributions from Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hyatt Corporation and Hyatt Hotels Foundation, is designed to fund the scholarship in perpetuity. The inaugural recipient is junior hospitality major and Chicago native, Halle Neeley.
“I’m honored to be selected as the first recipient of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hospitality Scholarship,” Neeley said. “It will help me complete my degree and start my career in hospitality.”
“We are enormously grateful for this generous gift from our friends and neighbors at Hyatt,” said Robinson College dean Richard Phillips. “This scholarship will allow promising students to achieve their educational goals and help develop new leaders in our community and the hospitality industry for years to come.”