Academic Scholarships

Am I eligible?
AH&LEF offers a wide array of scholarship opportunities – available to incoming freshman through graduate students. Some are earmarked specifically for current hotel employees and others for minorities. A few have minimum GPA requirements, while others are open to full or part-time students. All require enrollment in a hospitality management degree program.

Is it worth my time?
More than $550,000 is budgeted in 2014 to award to a few hundred hospitality management students. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000, and unlike a loan, that money never needs to be paid back. It only takes a few minutes to apply.

How will I be evaluated?
We don’t judge applications solely based on GPA or financial need. We also review academics, hospitality work experience, extracurricular/professional activities, and honors, as well as personal attributes that you outline in your essay.

AH&LEF not only helps pay for school – we help build your career.
Scholarship recipients receive a free student membership to the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Additionally, our alumni can join a community that helps them network, advance, and gain visibility in the industry. And lastly, an AH&LEF scholarship will look great on your resume and shows you have earned recognition from the industry.

Read "How Do I Apply?" below, then Apply Now

Which Scholarship Is Right For You?

Our scholarships fall into two categories:

Self-Nominated Scholarships  You assess which ones you qualify for and apply directly. Your school doesn’t have to be affiliated with AH&LEF.

School-Nominated Scholarships
  If you’ve been notified by a faculty member that you have been nominated by your school, be sure to check the appropriate box under “school-nominated” scholarships, as well as any other self nominated ones you’re interested in.

How Do I Apply?

There is one scholarship application for all of our programs. You get to select which scholarships you think you're eligible for. Register for an account in 2 steps:

  1. Click the "Login/Register" tab in the top right corner of any page of our website, and fill out the registration information.
  2. You will receive an email from us asking you to verify your email address. Click the link in the email. You can now access your application with the email address and password you used to register.

If you don't receive an email from us, check your Spam/Junk folders, and make sure is added to your Safe Sender list. It is vital that we can communicate with you via email—that's why we ask you to verify.

If you still can't find an email from us, let us know at, and we'll help you out.

Applications are accepted each year from January 1 through May 1. Applications received from May 2 through December 31 will not be reviewed because the information provided will be outdated for the next school year.


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You can also download the paper application. If you choose to mail your application and/or any required supporting documents, send them to this address: AH&LEF's Scholarships, 1201 New York Ave., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005

Want tips on how to apply—straight from AH&LEF? View Top 5 Tips for AH&LEF Scholarship Applicants.

Congratulations to our 2013 Scholarship Recipients!

Our Scholarships do make a difference! Take a look at some of our 2013 scholarship recipients' testimonials.

Other Scholarship Opportunites

In addition to AH&LEF's programs, some of the AH&LA's Partner State Associations offer scholarship programs. The following are links to their sites:

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