Helping Our Own Go Further

Certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Association
are the ultimate distinction of professional excellence in the
hospitality industry. Certifications are offered for more than
a dozen positions in the hospitality industry, including the
prestigious CHA®-Certified Hotel Administrator.                  

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Get Certified

Our professional development scholarships are exclusively for individuals currently working at a hotel who want to advance their career. These scholarships enable them to grow their industry knowledge and enhance their professional skills. They also cover the cost of professional certifications recipients earn. 

Application deadlines are quarterly: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Working a minimum of 35 hours per week at an AHLA member hotel with at least 12 months of hotel experience. If you need to confirm your hotel is a member, contact AHLA’s membership department at (202)-289-3100 or
  • Some certifications have minimum qualifications that must be met. The certification process is administered through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.  Visit AHLEI’s Website for a complete list of certifications and to review the qualifications for each.  

Application Process

Applicants must complete the online scholarship application. There is no need to complete a certification application on AHLEI's website. All applications will be evaluated according to industry-related work experience; professional, community, and extracurricular activities; and personal attributes, including career goals as expressed in a required essay. Scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis, with application deadline dates of January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. Applicants will be notified within 30 days after application is received.

Scholarship Awards

Scholarships cover the cost of the certification study guide (if applicable), examination fee, and certification fee. AHLEF will reimburse AHLEI directly for the costs of all professional development scholarships.

Financial support for the scholarship program is provided by: 

  • Jack Vaughn Scholarship Fund
  • American Express Scholarship Fund
  • Ecolab Scholarship Fund 
  • Proceeds from previous capital giving campaigns such as Opening Doors to Opportunity

Our donors give generously. We thank them sincerely.

Opening Doors to Opportunity

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  • The Broadmoor
  • Shaner Hotel Group
  • Interstate Hotels & Resorts
  • Kinsell Family
  • P Kaufmann Fabrics
  • Sage Hospitality
  • Ruckus Wireless Inc.
  • Avendra
  • Standard Textile Co. Inc.
  • John Belden
  • Davidson Hotels & Resorts
  • Philips Lighting
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  • Omni Hotels
  • Salto Systems
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  • The Chartres Lodging Group
  • STR
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  • Summit Hotel Properties
  • The Lodging Conference
  • Sunstone Hotel Investors
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  • Nalco Company
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  • RDI (Rank Distributors Inc.)
  • Steve & Bonnie Holmes
  • Radisson Hotel Group
  • S&D Coffee
  • Westmont Hospitality/Red Roof Inns*
  • Highgate
  • REM Hospitality
  • HDSupply
  • Foodbuy
  • Robert A. Alter Family
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  • Sonifi Solutions
  • BRE Select Hotels
  • DiamondRock Hospitality
  • Red Lion Hotels Corporation
  • G6 Hospitality
  • Minibar Systems
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  • HomeBox Office (HBO)
  • Geoffrey & Leslie Balloti
  • Cintas
  • Encore
  • HEI Hotels & Resorts
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  • LG Electronics USA, Inc
  • Anhueser-Busch
  • Rigel Linen/Rubbermaid
  • American Hotel Register Company
  • EcoLab
  • Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
  • Tempur+Sealy
  • Auro Hotels
  • Hospitality Ventures Management Group
  • Caesars Entertainment
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  • Accor Hotels
  • Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
  • Pepsico
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  • Royal Cup Coffee & Tea
  • Towne Park
  • Pyramid Hotel Group and Winegardner & Hammons
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  • Handlery Foundation
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  • Two Roads Hospitality
  • Hersha Hospitality Trust
  • Vesta Hospitality
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  • Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
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  • WGL Energy
  • PSAV Presentation Services
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  • InterContinental Hotels
  • Ryman Hospitality Properties Foundation
  • Jim & Adele Abrahamson
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