AH&LEF Annual Scholarship Grant Program

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

February 15

Awarded By

American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF)

Award Amount

$500 to $6,000 annually. Award amounts vary based on the type of institution the student attends. Two-year institutions may not award less than $500 nor more than $3,000 per recipient per academic year. Four-year institutions may not award less than $1,000 nor more than $6,000 per recipient per academic year. Students who are graduating in December will receive one-half of the academic year award amount. Recipients are eligible to receive AH&LEF scholarships in subsequent years. Schools are encouraged to nominate previous AH&LEF scholarship recipients in subsequent years.


The number of awards offered annually varies. In prior years, there were 241 scholarships awarded.

Additional Information

This program is co-administered with a group of universities and colleges affiliated with AH&LEF. Financial support for the scholarship grant program is provided by the following scholarship funds: AH&LEF General Campaign; AH&LEF Hospitality 2000; Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS); Melinda Bush; John Clifford Memorial; Cecil B. Day Memorial; Handlery Hotels; Hilton Worldwide; Conrad N. Hilton Memorial; Creighton Holden Memorial; Hospitality Asset Managers Association; Steve Hymans Extended Stay Scholarship; Richard Kelley; Richard Kessler; J. Willard Marriott Memorial; Joseph McInerney Scholarship; Curtis C. Nelson. Additional funds for the program come from AH&LEF's Annual Giving Program and special events like the Big Apple Auction and Golf Classic. Each institution selects the students to receive the scholarship monies allotted to their school. AH&LEF scholarships are intended to honor well-rounded students who display outstanding qualities in all categories. The recipients must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and should be selected based on a combination of the following: academic performance; hospitality work experience; extracurricular involvement (activities, honors, and professional certification); financial need; personal attributes. Since the support for these awards comes from the lodging industry, recipients should be intent on a career in hotel/lodging management.

Deadline Info

Please note: All applicants for this award must be nominated by their institution. Students may request nomination from their school's designated contact person; a list of contact persons is available ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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