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

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