My School is Already Affiliated

Click here for a current list of affiliated schools.

For complete details on being an AHLEF Affiliate, please review the Scholarship Manual

I Need to Update My Contact Information

Please fill out the Designated Contact Form and email it to Foundation Staff at foundation@ahlef.org . It is the school's responsibility to notify AHLEF of any contact changes.

I Want to Nominate Students for Scholarship Awards

You will receive a scholarship package in February, which will include your school's allocation amount for the upcoming academic year and student nomination forms.  Schools are required to submit student nominations and ensure the student nominees have completed a scholarship application by April 15th.  Failure to do so will result in the forfeit of the school's scholarship allocation for the year and may jeopardize continued participation in the program.

How to Select Student Nominees

Student Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Be enrolled as a full-time (minimum of 12 hours) undergraduate in a hospitality related degree-granting program; with the exception of Rama Scholarship nominees who can be enrolled part-time (at least 9 hours) and a graduate student.
  • Maintain full-time status through the fall and spring semesters in order to receive the scholarship checks.  Students not planning to take 12 hours should not be nominated.  Students graduating in December can be nominated as long as the award amount falls within the amount guidelines (see guidelines below.)
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (with the exception of the Conrad N. Hilton awards, which require a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and Rama which has a 2.5 overall GPA minimum).  Consult your allocation letter to see which funds were received.
  • Four-year schools can nominate raising sophomores who will have junior standing for the upcoming fall semester and two-year schools can nominate raising freshman who will have sophomore standing.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.

Award Amount Guidelines

The schools determine the individual award amounts for each student within the following guidelines:

December Graduates (Fall Semester Only)

  • Four-Year $1,000 - $3,000
  • Two-Year $250 - $1,500

 Academic Year (Fall and Spring)

  • Four-Year $2,000 - $6,000
  • Two-Year $500 - $3,000

If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Michelle Poinelli, Senior VP of Foundation Programs at mpoinelli@ahlef.org or (202) 289-3181.

Application to Continue Affiliation

Approximately every three to five years, AHLEF’s Scholarship Committee reviews all existing schools participating in the Annual Scholarship Grant Program and accepts applications from new schools wishing to join.  The committee has designated this to be a review year. 

All participating schools and new schools must complete the online scholarship application, which collects the following information: 

  • Degrees offered
  • Number of students enrolled and graduating for the program
  • Program faculty
  • Student placement in the industry
  • Hotels recruiting on campus
  • Program accreditation

The committee will also consider past participation in AHLEF’s scholarship programs and school compliance/partnership, which will look at the total number of students from each school that apply for AHLEF’s self-nominated scholarships.  In addition, emphasis will be placed on the number of graduates and placement in the industry.

Since affiliation and participation in the Annual Scholarship Grant Program, require the schools to co-administer the scholarships with AHLEF, be sure that your school is willing to do its part by reviewing AHLEF’s Scholarship Manual. 2018 Scholarship Manual

Only online applications will be accepted.   The deadline date to submit an Affiliate School Application is April 15th.  We anticipate notifying the schools of their application status in November.  If an affiliated school fails to submit one, it will be ineligible for continued participation in the Annual Scholarship Grant Program.

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Important Reminders and Deadline Dates

January - Confirm your Designated Contacts.  AHLEF will send an email in early January confirming the designated contacts at your school.  It is the school's responsibility to notify us of any contact changes.

 

March 1 - School Confirmation Form , which confirms that your school received the allocation letter and will participate this year by nominating qualified students. 

April 15th - School Nomination Form, which lists student nominees and amounts.  Additionally, schools must ensure that the student nominees have completed an AHLEF individual scholarship application.  Students completing online applications are provided a confirmation number, which is required on the nomination form. 

April 15th – School Application,  All participating schools must reapply for affiliation.  Only online school applications will be accepted. 

June 30 - Official or Unofficial Transcripts for all students who received scholarship monies during the academic year.  For example, transcripts are due by June 30, 2018 for all students who received AHLEF scholarship funds for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters.  AHLEF needs to verify that the students were enrolled for the required number of credit hours during the semesters they received scholarship monies.

Promote Other AHLEF Scholarships

As an affiliate school, you are expected to promote all of AHLEF's scholarships to your students.  In addition to AHLEF's school-nominated scholarships, six self-nominated scholarships are administered.  This year, more than $600,000 is budgeted for these programs:

We ask our affiliates to email their hospitality management students regarding AHLEF scholarship opportunities.  Additionally, please place our flyer on any bulletin boards or scholarship resources within your college or university.  

The school application, which your school will be required to complete, will ask which scholarship promotional methods were used on your campus.  Additionally, AHLEF is tracking how many applicants are applying from each affiliate school.  Let us know how we can help you in your promotional efforts.

 
 
2017 Annual Giving Campaign Leaders
Minaz Abji
Atrium Hospitality
Jim Burba/Bob Hayes
Chartres Lodging Group
First Hospitality Group
The Handlery Foundation
Allen C. Hermansen Charitable Remainder Trust
Hotel Business
Hotel Management
Kirk Kinsell
Paul & Jill Kirwin
Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Randy Smith
Minaz Abji
Atrium Hospitality
Jim Burba/Bob Hayes
Chartres Lodging Group
First Hospitality Group
The Handlery Foundation
Allen C. Hermansen Charitable Remainder Trust
Hotel Business
Hotel Management
Kirk Kinsell
Paul & Jill Kirwin
Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Randy Smith
Minaz Abji
Atrium Hospitality
Jim Burba/Bob Hayes
Chartres Lodging Group
First Hospitality Group
The Handlery Foundation
Allen C. Hermansen Charitable Remainder Trust
Hotel Business
Hotel Management
Kirk Kinsell
Paul & Jill Kirwin
Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Randy Smith
Host Hotels
National Restaurant Association
Robert Alter Family
Ashford
Best Western
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
LaSalle Hotel Properties
LaQuinta Inns & Suites
Lowes Hotels and Resorts
Marriott International
https://www.venetian.com/
USA Today
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Host Hotels
National Restaurant Association
Robert Alter Family
Ashford
Best Western
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
LaSalle Hotel Properties
LaQuinta Inns & Suites
Lowes Hotels and Resorts
Marriott International
https://www.venetian.com/
USA Today
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Host Hotels
National Restaurant Association
Robert Alter Family
Ashford
Best Western
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
LaSalle Hotel Properties
LaQuinta Inns & Suites
Lowes Hotels and Resorts
Marriott International
https://www.venetian.com/
USA Today
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts