AH&LEF Incoming Freshman Scholarship

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF)

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually. In 2015, 41 scholarships were awarded.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must be an incoming college freshman in the upcoming fall semester (defined as a student who has never been enrolled in a college or university).
  4. Must major in hospitality management at a U.S. college or university.
  5. Must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters.
  6. Must have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is available to U.S. students who will be incoming college freshmen in the following academic year. Students must plan to major in hospitality management and have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

Application requirements for the AH&LEF Incoming Freshman Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Transcript
  • Financial data
  • Essay
Additional Information: In 2008, AH&LEF created a scholarship exclusively for incoming freshman to encourage enrollment in hospitality-related undergraduate programs and attract more students to the lodging industry. The program is being funded from scholarship monies set aside from AH&LEF's last major capital giving fundraising initiative, the New Century Campaign. Students are evaluated based on academics, related work experience, extracurricular activities, financial need, honors, and personal attributes. Please note: Preference will be given to high school graduates of the Hospitality & Tourism Management Program (HTMP) or Lodging Management Program (LMP).

Award Amount: Baccalaureate students will receive $2,000, and associate's students will receive $1,000. All awards are offered annually and are non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $3,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, February 15

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, February 15

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 check back in November for a refreshed application deadline date.All students must apply via the AH&LEF online application. The student need only complete one application to apply for all scholarships for which he/she is eligible.As part of the online application, the student must provide the following supporting materials: an essay of 500 words or less describing his/her personal background; financial information, to include anticipated expenses for the upcoming academic year, financial data from his/her most recent tax return, and financials to date; and his/her most recent college, high school, or GED transcript that includes a cumulative grade point average based upon a 4.0 scale (strongly advised to upload transcript to application).Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date.
About American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF):
Contact Information: Christa Boatman, Manager of Foundation Programs
Address: 1201 New York Ave., N.W. Suite 600 Washington, District of Columbia 20005-3931

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