How Can My School Get Involved?

What Scholarships Does AHLEF Offer?

This year, AHLEF has budgeted to disburse $1.3 million through its nine scholarship programs, which cover hospitality management studies from incoming freshmen all the way to graduate level. Some scholarships are reserved specifically for current hotel employees or minorities.  A few have minimum GPA requirements while others are open to full- or part-time students.  The award amounts range from $500 to $7,500 depending upon enrollment.

The scholarship programs are divided two categories:
  • self-nominated - open to all hospitality management students enrolled in a U.S. college or university.
  • school-nominated – requires school affiliation, which schools apply for every three to five years.

All hospitality students, regardless of where they attend school, have access to more than $600,000 in scholarships offered through AHLEF's self-nominated scholarships:

The 2018 online scholarship application is now closed.  Winners will be announced in July.  2019 scholarship materials will be available in November.  The deadline date for 2019 scholarships will be February 15, 2019.

What is an Affiliated School?

Affiliate schools are U.S. colleges or universities with hospitality-related programs who agree to participate in AHLEF's Annual Scholarship Grant Program, as well as promote and co-administer AHLEF scholarships to their students. AHLEF is limited in the number of schools that it can add to the program based on available funding. Each year, affiliate schools are usually allocated $4,000-$7,500 that they can award to their students who meet a set of minimum eligibility criteria.

Affiliate schools:

  • agree to co-administer our scholarships with us,

  • are allocated annual scholarship grants annually,

  • select student recipients to receive those funds, based on a set of minimum eligibility criteria set by AHLEF Committee (see Student Minimum Eligibility Criteria below),

  • decide award amounts for each nominated student, based on parameters also set by the AHLEF Scholarship Committee (see Award Amount Guidelines below),

  • receive and disburse all AHLEF scholarship checks on campus (school nominated and self-nominated),

  • serve as an AHLEF point of contact on campus for all scholarships (school nominated and self-nominated),

  • agree to promote all AHLEF scholarships (school nominated and self-nominated),

  • assist in collecting transcript documentation (official or unofficial) from each AHLEF scholarship recipient at the end of the spring semester/quarter, and

  • must re-apply for consideration to stay in the Annual Scholarship Grant Program every three to five years (see school application details below).

    Your school does NOT have to be affiliated for your students to be eligible to submit scholarship applications for AHLEF’s six open scholarship competitions.

School Application

Approximately every three to five years, AHLEF’s Scholarship Committee reviews all existing schools participating in the Annual Scholarship Grant Program and accepts applications from new schools wishing to join.  

The committee has designated 2018 to be a review year. The deadline date to submit a school application was April 15th. The online portal is now closed and applications are no longer being accepted.  Schools will be notified in October regarding their affiliation status for 2019.   The committee will be reviewing the following information: 

  • Degrees offered
  • Number of students enrolled and graduating from the program
  • Program faculty
  • Student placement in the industry
  • Hotels recruiting on campus
  • Program accreditation
  • Participation in AHLEF’s scholarships

Since affiliation and participation in the Annual Scholarship Grant Program, require the schools to co-administer the scholarships with AHLEF, be sure that your school is willing to do its part by reviewing AHLEF’s Scholarship Manual. 2018 Scholarship Manual

My School Didn’t Submit a School Application – What Can We Do?

Promote AHLEF’s open scholarships to your hospitality management students and encourage their application.  AHLEF is tracking the number of applicants received from each school.  Make sure that your school shows a strong commitment to AHLEF’s scholarships with a solid number of applications each year so that it will standout during next school review in three to five years.

 

 
 
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Chartres Lodging Group
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Host Hotels
National Restaurant Association
Robert Alter Family
Ashford
Best Western
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
LaSalle Hotel Properties
LaQuinta Inns & Suites
Lowes Hotels and Resorts
Marriott International
https://www.venetian.com/
USA Today
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Host Hotels
National Restaurant Association
Robert Alter Family
Ashford
Best Western
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
LaSalle Hotel Properties
LaQuinta Inns & Suites
Lowes Hotels and Resorts
Marriott International
https://www.venetian.com/
USA Today
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts