Scholarship Recipient Testimonials
AHLEF scholarship recipients represent the most promising leaders in the hospitality industry. Meet some of our scholars and find out how receiving an AHLEF—funded by your donations—affected their lives:
"The AHLEF and American Express scholarship really made a difference in my undergraduate career and have inspired me to work harder in building the next generation of hotels." —Andrew Kao, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 2009 American Express Scholar, current MBA candidate at University of Southern California Marshall School of Business "This scholarship helped ease the financial pressures of school and allowed me to place all my focus on becoming the best student I can be. Thank you for your financial support, which is very much appreciated, and know that it will not be wasted. I will work hard to make sure that you feel that you have made a wise decision in selecting me as one of your recipients. Again, thank you for your generosity." —Corey Jones, Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte, 2010 Ecolab Scholar, 2010 & 2011 Hyatt Scholar "With this scholarship, I am a step closer to paying for my dream school, Cornell University, and my family has more peace of mind. I am honored to become a part of this distinguished group of scholars. The generosity of the Foundation is allowing me to study a field I am passionate about. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to attend one of the best schools in the country for my major, and my Incoming Freshman Scholarship is assisting me in doing so." —Catherine Elsaesser, Cornell University, 2013 Incoming Freshman Scholar “My grandmother came to the States from the tiny US territory of Guam many years ago, and she never received more than a seventh grade education…My parents and grandparents never received a college education because they simply could not afford it. Their American dreams were to go directly in to the workforce and start making money so that they could one day help put me through college to pursue my American Dream. As a senior hospitality major, I have that dream career that I am working hard towards pursuing after graduation, and as a recipient of the Rama Scholarship for the American Dream, the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation is helping me towards making that dream a reality.” —Jenny Troutman, University of South Carolina, 2013 Rama Scholar “I cannot express how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of the Rama Scholarship for the American Dream. I hope one day to be able to do what your organization has done. Give one of the greatest gifts possible, the gift of education.” —Peter Carrera, Cornell University, 2013 Rama Scholar
AHLEF Video Testimonial
In 2013, AHLEF invited all previous scholarship recipients to submit a 2-minute video explaining how AHLEF has impacted their lives and careers. First prize was $1,500, and one runner-up received $500.
Check out our 2013 winners below: