for individuals who are currently working at a hotel, our professional development scholarships are perfect for those that want to advance their
career by growing their industry knowledge or skill set. The scholarship covers the cost of professional certification.
from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) are the ultimate
distinction of professional excellence for the hospitality industry.
Certifications are offered for more than a dozen positions in the hospitality
industry; designations from front-line to general manager, including the
prestigious CHA ® - Certified Hotel Administrator.
support for the scholarship program is provided from:
- Jack Vaughn Scholarship Fund
- American Express Scholarship
- Ecolab Scholarship Fund, and
- Proceeds from previous capital
giving campaigns such as Opening Doors to Opportunity.
deadlines are quarterly: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.
Scholarships cover the
cost of the certification study guide (if applicable), examination fee, and
certification fee. AHLEF will reimburse AHLEI directly for the costs of all
professional development scholarships.
must complete the online scholarship application. All applications will
be evaluated according to industry-related work experience; professional,
community, and extracurricular activities; and personal attributes, including
career goals and their response to the essay question. Scholarships are awarded
on a quarterly basis, with application deadline dates of January 1, April 1,
July 1, and October 1. Applicants will be notified within 30 days after
View the most recent
recipients of the AHLEF Professional Development