255 Hospitality Students Receive Scholarships

  • AH&LA
  • 10.30.09
The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) awarded 255 scholarships totaling $382,000 through its core programs – the Annual Scholarship Grant Program, Incoming Freshman and Graduate scholarship programs.

In total, AH&LEF awarded more than $523,000 to 333 hospitality management students through its 10 academic scholarship programs this year.

The Annual Scholarship Grant Program, its biggest program, is co-administered with 85 universities and colleges.  In 2009, 235 students nominated by AH&LEF-affiliated schools received $320,500 in funds.  The program is funded from proceeds of the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS); the foundation’s annual giving campaign; previous AH&LEF  capital campaigns, including the New Century Campaign; an well as annual special events, including the Big Apple Auction, Golf Classic and Hospitality Heritage Dinner Tribute, as well as the following scholarship funds:

  • AH&LA Allied Members
  • Melinda Bush
  • John Clifford Memorial
  • Cecil B. Day Memorial
  • Handlery
  • Conrad N. Hilton Memorial
  • Creighton Holden Memorial
  • Steve Hymans Memorial
  • Richard Kessler  

This is the second year for two new AH&LEF scholarships – one for incoming hospitality management freshmen and another for graduate students.  Eleven incoming freshmen received scholarships totaling $21,000, and nine graduate students received $5,000 scholarships.  Funding for the freshman scholarships is provided by monies set aside from AH&LEF’s last major capital fundraising initiative, the New Century Campaign, and the graduate program is funded from a portion of the ALIS proceeds. 

AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is a premier organization for scholarships, professional certification and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research.

Serving the hospitality industry for a century, AH&LA is one of the only national associations representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.

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