Academic Scholarships

The 2016 application deadline has passed.

Scholarship decisions for the 2016-2017 school year will be announced in mid-July.

The 2017-2018 scholarship application will open in early 2017.

Please read the "How Do I Apply?" section below before beginning your application.

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 $860,000 is budgeted in 2016 to award to a few hundred hospitality management students. Scholarships range from $500 to $6,000, and unlike a loan, that money never needs to be paid back. It only takes a few minutes to apply. Wouldn't you say it's worth your time?

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 year of 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.

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.

Applications are no longer being accepted for 2016.  

Scholarship decisions for the 2016-2017 academic school year will be announced in mid-August.

Scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 school year will open in early 2017.


Congratulations to our 2016 Scholarship Recipients!

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

2016 Annual Giving Leaders
Carlson Family Foundation
The Handlery Foundation
Host Hotels & Resorts
Minaz Abji
The Robert Alter Family
Kirk Kinsell
Annual Giving Major Donors