American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF)
$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 2015, there were 241 scholarships awarded.
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.
The application deadline date has not yet been finalized for this year, but is expected to remain the same as last year. The deadline date shown here is tentative based on last year's date. Please che ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.