AH&LEF Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Three Students

  • AH&LA
  • 11.02.09
The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) ), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, recently awarded three scholarships via its Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship Program, the Foundation’s oldest scholarship award.

Christine Meyer, a junior at the University of New Hampshire, is the first place winner and receives $5,000.  Jessica Testa, a senior at Pennsylvania State University, receives $3,000 as second-place winner.  Third-place goes to John Keeley, a senior at Johnson & Wales University-Providence.  In addition, the recipients receive commemorative plaques.

The Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship Program awards three students at AH&LEF-affiliated four-year educational institutions a total of $10,000.  Each school nominates only one student to compete.  This national scholarship competition began in 1974 to honor third-generation hotelier Packard’s numerous accomplishments in the lodging industry.

“AH&LEF-affiliated schools nominate their best students based on academic performance, hospitality work experience, extracurricular involvement, financial need and career goals, so meeting the standards of this competition illustrates the high caliber of students pursuing a career to become hoteliers, “ said Joori Jeon, CPA, CAE, AH&LEF president/COO.

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 a national association 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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