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:
Andrew_Kao"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
Corey_Jones"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
Catherine_Elsaesser"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
Aleisha Gray

“It is with my greatest and deepest appreciation I say thank you to AHLEF for selecting me as a scholarship recipient.  Because of your financial assistance, course material and content will be the only ting I will be challenged by when it comes to school.” —Aleisha Gray, University of South Carolina, 2016 ALIS and Rama Scholarship for the American Dream Scholar

 

Regina Riojas

“Words cannot express how grateful I am to receive this prestigious honor. I have worked very hard the last few years and it truly brings me joy to know a wonderful organization sees my potential leadership in the hospitality industry and believes in my future. Thank you for this honor!.” —Regina Riojas, University of Houston, 2015 Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Scholar

 

 

 

 

AHLEF Video Testimonial

In 2016, 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 2016 winners below:

1st Place: Katrina Tahimik

 

Runner-Up: Dana Williams

 

 
 
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Lowes Hotels and Resorts
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