Rama Scholarship for the American Dream

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Amount
Awarded

$2,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

February 15

Saturday
Awarded By:

American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF)

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually. In 2015, there were 21 scholarships 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 undergraduate or graduate student.
  4. Must be enrolled in nine or more credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters (or just the fall semester if graduating in December).
  5. Must major in hospitality management.
  6. Must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

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

Description: This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in hospitality management at select AH&LEF-affiliated schools and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Preference is given to students of Asian-Indian descent and other minority groups, as well as JHM Hotel employees.

Application requirements for the Rama Scholarship for the American Dream are:

  • Nomination
  • Application form
  • Essay
  • Financial data
  • Transcript
Additional Information: HM Hotels, Inc. established the Rama Scholarship for the American Dream with a $1,000,001 endowment. The five Rama brothers, principals in the company, emigrated from India to pursue their American Dream. It began with the ownership of one lodging property and grew into a successful operation of 35 properties and more than 1,500 associates. The fund, established on the 25th anniversary of the brothers' first hotel purchase, encourages others to create their own American Dream. Participating schools select the recipients. Preference is given to students of Asian-Indian descent and other minority groups, as well as JHM Hotel employees.

Award Amount: $1,000 to $3,000 annually, depending on enrollment status and the recommended award amount by the school. Awards are non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $2,000.

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. 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 on the AH&LEF website. Participating schools are required to send a nomination form confirming their nominees and providing suggested award amounts. AH&LEF will not consider applicants for these awards without verification of nomination from their respective schools. 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.
Contact: Christa Boatman
Address: 1201 New York Ave., N.W. Suite 600 Washington, District of Columbia 20005-3931

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