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 Campaign Leaders
Carlson
Carlson Family Foundation
The Handlery Foundation
Host Hotels & Resorts
Minaz Abji
Carlson
Carlson Family Foundation
The Robert Alter Family
Kirk Kinsell
Carlson
Carlson Family Foundation
The Handlery Foundation
Host Hotels & Resorts
Minaz Abji
Carlson
Carlson Family Foundation
The Robert Alter Family
Kirk Kinsell
Carlson
Carlson Family Foundation
The Handlery Foundation
Host Hotels & Resorts
Minaz Abji
Carlson
Carlson Family Foundation
The Robert Alter Family
Kirk Kinsell
Opening Doors to Opportunity Campaign Major Donors
Host Hotels
Robert Alter Family
Ashford
Best Western
Felcor Lodging Trust
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
LaQuinta Inns & Suites
LaSalle Hotel Properties
Lowes Hotels and Resorts
USA Today
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Host Hotels
Robert Alter Family
Ashford
Best Western
Felcor Lodging Trust
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
LaQuinta Inns & Suites
LaSalle Hotel Properties
Lowes Hotels and Resorts
USA Today
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Host Hotels
Robert Alter Family
Ashford
Best Western
Felcor Lodging Trust
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
LaQuinta Inns & Suites
LaSalle Hotel Properties
Lowes Hotels and Resorts
USA Today
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts