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

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