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