My School is Already Affiliated
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of affiliated schools.
For complete details on being an AHLEF Affiliate, please review
the Scholarship Manual.
I Need to Update My Contact InformationPlease fill out the Designated Contact Form and email it to Foundation Staff at email@example.com . It is the school's responsibility to notify AHLEF of any contact
I Want to Nominate Students for Scholarship AwardsYou 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
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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
$250 - $1,500
Academic Year (Fall and Spring)
- Four-Year $2,000
- Two-Year $500
If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please
contact Michelle Poinelli, Senior VP of Foundation Programs at firstname.lastname@example.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
- 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
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.
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
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