Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What scholarships does AHLEF offer?

We offer two types of scholarships:

  • Self-nominated - open to all hospitality management students enrolled in a U.S. college or university
  • School-nominated – requires school affiliation with AHLEF

All hospitality students, regardless of where they attend school, have access to more than $600,000 in scholarships offered through AHLEF's self-nominated scholarships:

How much is available?

This year, AHLEF will disburse $1 million through its nine hospitality management scholarship programs for students ranging from freshmen to graduate students. Some scholarships are reserved for current hotel employees or minorities. Others are open to full-time or part-time students. Award amounts range from $500 to $7,500.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be enrolled in a hospitality-related degree-granted program at a US college or university. Qualifying majors include programs such as hotel/restaurant management, culinary arts, travel/tourism and hotel administration. Each scholarship has additional requirements as well, so be sure to read them all before deciding which ones to apply for.

How are applicants evaluated?

Applicants are not evaluated on any one thing. All applicants must be enrolled in a hospitality degree-granting program at a US college or university. Other things the scholarship committee reviews include: 

  • Financial need
  • GPA
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Honors and awards
  • Work experience, including hospitality work experience
  • Personal attributes
  • Responses to essay questions

All of these factors are examined in order to award the most deserving students. We're not looking for a "cookie cutter" profile. Some scholarships may also require recommendations.

What is the timeline for your scholarship process?

Our online application opens in November and stays open through mid-February. Awardees will find out about their scholarships in May. Checks for the upcoming fall semester will be mailed out in June and Spring semester checks will be mailed out in December.

What does it mean to be an affiliated school?

Affiliated schools agree to co-administer AHLEF scholarships to the students on your campus. Learn more about important details on our affiliated schools page.

How can my school get involved?

AHLEF will disburse $1 million through its nine scholarship programs. Affiliated schools have some of this money set aside just for their top students in return for promoting our scholarship program. It's a win-win! Find out how to become an affiliated school here.

Additional questions? Contact scholarships@ahlef.org