AH&LEF School-Nominated Scholarships

School-Nominated scholarships means that scholarship winners are selected by their respective schools—not by the Foundation. If you're attending a Foundation-affiliated school, request nomination through AH&LEF's Designated Contact Person.

All student nominees must complete sections 1-3 and 8 of the AH&LEF Scholarship Application, plus any additional sections as noted below. Additionally, under separate cover, participating schools are required to send a nomination form confirming their nominees and providing suggested award amounts. AH&LEF will not consider applicants for these awards without verification of nomination from their respective schools. AH&LEF academic scholarship applications are only accepted from January 1 to May 1 each year. Please note that any applications received from May 2 through December 31 will not be reviewed because the information provided will be outdated for the next school year.

AH&LEF Annual Scholarship Grant Program

The Foundation's largest program, the Annual Scholarship Grant Program, is co-administered with 84 universities and colleges affiliated with AH&LEF.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, a total of $330,000 has been allocated to Foundation-affiliated schools. Financial support for the scholarship grant program is provided by the following scholarship funds:

  • AH&LEF General Campaign
  • AH&LEF Hospitality 2000
  • Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS)
  • Melinda Bush
  • John Clifford Memorial
  • Cecil B. Day Memorial
  • Handlery Hotels
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Conrad N. Hilton Memorial
  • Creighton Holden Memorial
  • Hospitality Asset Managers Association
  • Steve Hymans Extended Stay Scholarship
  • Richard Kelley
  • Richard Kessler
  • J. Willard Marriott Memorial
  • Curtis C. Nelson

Click here for more information on each fund.

Additional funds for the program come from AH&LEF's Annual Giving Program and special events like the Big Apple Auction and Golf Classic.

General Eligibility Criteria

Nominees must:

  • Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate hospitality management program an an AH&LEF affiliated school
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (2.0 if receiving Conrad Hilton Funds)
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Completed 1-2 years of school depending on the program

Scholarship Award

Award amounts can range from $500 to $4,000 depending upon enrollment and recommended amount from school.

Participating Schools

View a list of the 84 colleges and universities that are affiliated with AH&LEF.

These affiliated schools agree to co-administer AH&LEF scholarships with us. In return for receiving an annual scholarship grant, the school selects the student recipients and award amounts based upon AH&LEF criteria. Schools also assist in the disbursement process. View the Scholarship Manual for a complete account of all policies and procedures.

Every three to four years, the Foundation initiates a review process of both existing and new schools wishing to participate. The Scholarship Committee will undertake this process in 2014. Online school applications will be accepted through July 1, 2014, and schools will be notified of their status by December 15, 2014. For more information, visit Become an AH&LEF Affiliated School.

Application Process

All student nominees must complete sections 1-3 and 8 of the AH&LEF Scholarship Application.

Recent Recipients

View the most recent recipients of the AH&LEF Annual Scholarship Grant Program

Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship

Arthur PackardThis scholarship honors Arthur J. Packard, who never waited for the lodging industry to ask him to volunteer his time and boundless energy.  A third-generation hotelier, his work for AH&LA extended over 30 years -- one of the longest on record.  The Packard Competition provides scholarships to the most outstanding student of lodging management and to two runners-up through an annual competition among Foundation affiliated four-year programs.

Eligibility Criteria

Each affiliated four-year program nominates its best qualified student to compete in the national competition.  Eligibility criteria for nominees are:

  • Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for upcoming fall and spring semester, or just the fall semester if graduating this December
  • A undergraduate hospitality management major at a U.S. college or university
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • A U.S. citizenship or permanent resident

Scholarship Awards

  • First-place winner receives a $5,000 scholarship
  • Second-place receives $3,000 scholarship
  • Third-place receives $2,000 scholarship

Participating Schools

View a list of the 76 four-year affiliated schools that are eligible to nominate students for the Packard award.

Application Process

All student nominees must complete all sections of the AH&LEF Scholarship Application, including Appendix A which requires a recommendation letter from both an employer and instructor.

Recent Recipients

View the most recent recipients of the Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship

Joseph McInerney Scholarship

Joe McInerneyThis scholarship was created to commemorate Joseph McInerney’s 50-plus year hospitality career, the last twelve heading the American Hotel & Lodging Association.  In his many travels, Joe made hundreds of visits to colleges and universities around the globe to champion the industry and its merits.  In appreciation of Joe’s efforts and to continue his good work, his colleagues and friends donated more than $155,000 to permanently endow a scholarship in his honor.


Eligibility Criteria

  • An undergraduate hospitality management major at DePaul University, the University of Houston, or the University of Delaware
  • Enrolled full-time for the upcoming fall and spring semesters
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident

Scholarship Awards

Award amounts can range from $1,000 to $4,000 as recommended from the school.

Participating Schools

For 2014, DePaul University, the University of Houston, and the University of Delaware have been selected to be the recipients of these funds.

Application Process

If you are attending a school receiving Joseph McInerney Scholarship funds, you can request nomination through AH&LEF’s Designated Contact Person. All student nominees must complete sections 1-3 and 8 of the AH&LEF Scholarship Application.

Recent Recipients

The first Joseph McInerney Scholarships will be awarded in 2014.

Pepsi Scholarship

Pepsico

The PepsiCo Foundation made a $250,000 contribution to the Foundation's New Century Fund Campaign, creating the Pepsi Scholarship Fund to benefit graduating seniors from the Hospitality High School in Washington, D.C.  This endowed gift provides perpetual scholarships to graduates of the Hospitality High School who are enrolled in undergraduate hospitality-related degree programs.  To date 45 students have received scholarships totaling $103,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A graduate of the Hospitality High School in Washington, D.C.
  • An undergraduate hospitality management major at a U.S. college or university
  • Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for upcoming fall and spring semesters
  • Worked at least 250 hours in the hotel/hospitality industry
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.5

Scholarship Award

Award amounts can range from $500 to $4,000 depending upon enrollment and recommended amount from school

Participating Schools

Pepsi scholarships are exclusive to graduates of Hospitality High School in Washington, D.C.

Application Process

All student nominees must complete sections 1-3 and 8 of the AH&LEF Scholarship Application.

Recent Recipients

View the most recent recipients of the Pepsi Scholarship

Rama Scholarship for the American Dream

JHMJHM Hotels, Inc. established the Rama Scholarship for the American Dream with a $1,000,001 endowment.  The five Rama brothers, principals in the company, emigrated from India to pursue their American Dream.  It began with the ownership of one lodging property and grew into a successful operation of 35 properties and more than 1,500 associates.  The fund, established on the 25th anniversary of the brothers' first hotel purchase, encourages others to create their own American Dream. Since its inception in 1998 the Rama Scholarship Fund has awarded $666,300 in scholarships to 406 recipients.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrolled in at least 9 credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, or just the fall semester if graduating in December
  • An undergraduate or graduate hospitality management major 
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Participating schools select the recipients. Preference is given to students of Asian-Indian descent and other minority groups, as well as JHM Hotel employees. 

Participating Schools

The following 13 hospitality management schools have been designated to participate in the program:

  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • California State Polytechnic University
  • Cornell University
  • Florida International University
  • Georgia University
  • Greenville Technical College
  • Howard University
  • Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte
  • New York University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Houston
  • University of South Carolina
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Scholarship Award

Award amounts can range from $1,000 to $3,000 depending upon enrollment and recommended amount from school

Application Process

All Rama student nominees must complete all sections of the AH&LEF Scholarship Application.

Recent Recipients

View the most recent recipients of the Rama Scholarship for the American Dream

     
     
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