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

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