AH&LEF Self-Nominated Scholarships

Self-nominated means that students do not have to attend a particular school or be nominated by their respective schools.  Applicants must complete sections 1-8 of the AH&LEF scholarship application, including any additional sections as noted. 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any applications received from May 2 through December 31 will not be reviewed because the information provided will be outdated for the next school year.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 Graduate Scholarship

After receiving many requests for graduate scholarships, AH&LEF began offering a scholarship exclusively for graduate students in 2008. The program is open to hospitality management graduate students, as well as graduate students who have an undergraduate hospitality management degree, or at least four years’ employment in the industry.

Eligibility Criteria

  • If your graduate degree is in anything other than a hospitality-related program, you must have either:
    • An undergraduate degree in hospitality
    • Four years’ employment in the lodging industry after graduation
  • OR if you do not have either of the above, then you must be enrolled in a hospitality-related graduate degree
  • Enrollment can be full- or part-time in a U.S. college or university
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident

Scholarship Awards

  • Awards: $5,000

Application Process

Applicants 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 AH&LEF Graduate Scholarship

American Express Scholarship

American Express LogoFounded by American Express in 1994, this program is designed specifically for current lodging employees and their dependents.  Endowed with more than $500,000, the fund has awarded $318,000 in scholarships to 281 students and professionals.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrolled full- or part-time in an undergraduate hospitality management program at a U.S. college or university
  • You must either:
    • Be working a minimum of 20 hours per week at an AH&LA member hotel with at least 12 months' hotel experience, OR
    • Be a dependent of a qualified employee, and have past employment in some capacity in the hospitality industry

Scholarship Awards

  • Baccalaureate Majors - $2,000 full-time enrollment; or $1,000 part-time
  • Associate Majors - $1,000 full-time enrollment; or $500 part-time

Application Process

To confirm your hotel is an AH&LA member, contact AH&LA's membership department at 202-289-3171 or membership@ahla.com. Applicants must complete sections 1-8 of the AH&LEF scholarship application.

Recent Recipients

View the most recent recipients of the American Express Scholarship

Ecolab Scholarship

Ecolab LogoThis program was established by Ecolab in 1996 as a commitment to the lodging industry and to support the development of its future leaders.  To date, more than $354,000 has been awarded to 240 hospitality management students.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for both the upcoming fall and spring semesters
  • An undergraduate hospitality management major at a U.S. college or university

Scholarship Awards

  • Baccalaureate Majors - $2,000
  • Associate Majors - $1,000

Application Process

Applicants must complete sections 1-8 of the AH&LEF scholarship application.

Recent Recipients

View the most recent recipients of the Ecolab Scholarship

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

HyattIn 1988, Hyatt established this fund to provide financial aid to minority students pursuing a degree in hotel management. Since 1988, approximately 312 minority students have received $624,000 through this scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, or just the fall semester if graduating this December 
  • A baccalaureate hospitality management major in a U.S. college or university
  • At least a junior for the upcoming fall semester
  • The competition is open to minority students: African-American, Hispanic, Native American/Alaskan, and Asian/Pacific Islander
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident

Scholarship Award

  • Scholarship winners receive a $2,000 award, and a plaque

Application Process

Applicants must complete sections 1-8 of the AH&LEF scholarship application.

Recent Recipients

View the most recent recipients of the Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

Incoming Freshman Scholarship

In 2008, AH&LEF created a scholarship exclusively for incoming freshman to encourage enrollment in hospitality-related undergraduate programs and attract more students to the lodging industry.  The program is being funded from scholarship monies set aside from AH&LEF's last major capital giving fundraising initiative, the New Century Campaign.

Eligibility Criteria

  • An incoming freshman for the upcoming fall semester, which is defined as a student who has never been enrolled in a college or university
  • An undergraduate hospitality management major at a U.S. college or university
  • Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident

Scholarship Awards

  • Baccalaureate Majors: $2,000
  • Associate Majors: $1,000

Application Process

Preference will be given to high school graduates of the Hospitality & Tourism Management Program (HTMP) or Lodging Management Program (LMP). Applicants must complete sections 1-8 of the AH&LEF Scholarship Application.

Recent Recipients

View the most recent recipients of the Incoming Freshman Scholarship

 
 
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