Marriott is offering a complimentary Silver status on their Marriott Rewards programs for number of corporate and educational customers. Normally the entry level silver status requires 10 nights. Last year, Marriott gave this Silver status for signing up to their program in the Asia Pacific region.
Having an entry level elite status with Marriott can come handy. If you are planning to have more Marriott stays, I would suggest that take advantage of the Gold or Platinum challenge that I referenced above.