Academic Scholarships

Scholarship decisions for the 2017-2018 school year will be announced in mid-July.

Please read the "How Do I Apply?" section below before beginning your application.

Am I eligible?
AHLEF offers a wide array of scholarship opportunities - available to incoming freshman through graduate students. Some are earmarked specifically for current hotel employees and others for minorities. A few have minimum GPA requirements, while others are open to full or part-time students. All require enrollment in a hospitality management degree program.

Is it worth my time?
More than $853,000 is budgeted in 2017 to award to a few hundred hospitality management students. Scholarships range from $500 to $6,000, and unlike a loan, that money never needs to be paid back. It only takes a few minutes to apply. Wouldn't you say it's worth your time?

How will I be evaluated?
We don't judge applications solely based on GPA or financial need. We also review academics, hospitality work experience, extracurricular/professional activities, and honors, as well as personal attributes that you outline in your essay.

AHLEF not only helps pay for school - we help build your career.
Scholarship recipients receive a free year of student membership to the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Additionally, our alumni can join a community that helps them network, advance, and gain visibility in the industry. And lastly, an AHLEF scholarship will look great on your resume and shows you have earned recognition from the industry.

Which Scholarship Is Right For You?

Our scholarships fall into two categories:

Self-Nominated Scholarships   You assess which ones you qualify for and apply directly. Your school doesn't have to be affiliated with AHLEF.


School-Nominated Scholarships
  If you've been notified by a faculty member that you have been nominated by your school, be sure to check the appropriate box under "school-nominated" scholarships, as well as any other self nominated ones you're interested in.

How Do I Apply?

The online scholarship application for the 2018-2019 year will be posted in early 2018.

Scholarship decisions for the 2017-2018 academic school year will be announced in late-July 2017.

Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Recipients!

Our Scholarships do make a difference! Take a look at some of our scholarship recipients' testimonials .

Other Scholarship Opportunites

In addition to AHLEF's programs, some of the AHLA's Partner State Associations offer scholarship programs. The following are links to their sites:

 
 
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