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of affiliated schools.
What Does It Mean to be Affiliated?
Affiliated schools receive funding through our largest
scholarship program, the Annual Scholarship Grant Program, which is a one of
nine offered by AHLEF. This year, 70 universities and colleges are
participating in the program and will be awarded more than $610,000 from over a
dozen named scholarship funds. In total, AHLEF is budgeted to disburse $1.3 million through all its scholarship
Students do not have to be
attending an affiliate school to apply for AHLEF’s six open scholarship
agree to co-administer
our scholarships with us,
are allocated annual
scholarship grants annually,
recipients to receive those funds, based on a set of minimum eligibility
criteria set by AHLEF Committee (see Student Minimum Eligibility Criteria
decide award amounts
for each nominated student, based on parameters also set by the AHLEF
Scholarship Committee (see Award Amount Guidelines below),
receive and disburse
all AHLEF scholarship checks on campus (school nominated and self-nominated),
serve as an AHLEF
point of contact on campus for all scholarships (school nominated and
agree to promote all
AHLEF scholarships (school nominated and self-nominated),
assist in collecting
transcript documentation (official or unofficial) from each AHLEF scholarship
recipient at the end of the spring semester/quarter, and
must re-apply for
consideration to stay in the Annual Scholarship Grant Program every three to
five years (see school application details below).
Important Reminders and Deadline Dates
May – Affiliate schools
will receive a confirmation regarding its 2018 scholarship nominees for the
Annual Scholarship Grant Program.
June 30 - Official
or Unofficial Transcripts for all students who received scholarships
during the academic year.
I.E., transcripts are due
by June 30, 2018 for all students who received AHLEF scholarship funds for the
fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. AHLEF needs to verify that the
students were enrolled for the required number of credit hours during the
semesters they received scholarship funds.
July – AHLEF will announce
the 2018 scholarship winners, including its six open scholarship
October – Schools
that applied will be notified of their affiliate status and asked to confirm
itsParticipation andDesignated Contact. It is the
school's responsibility to notify us of any contact changes throughout the
November – Affiliated
schools will be mailed a scholarship package, which will include your
school's allocation amountfor the upcoming 2019 academic year and
student nomination forms.
15th - School Confirmation Form,
which confirms that your school received the allocation letter and will
participate in 2019 by nominating qualified students.
15th - School Nomination Form,
which lists student nominees and amounts. Additionally, schools must
ensure that the student nominees have completed an AHLEF scholarship
application. Students completing online applications are provided a
confirmation number, which is required on the nomination form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Details regarding the policies and procedures of the Annual
Scholarship Grant Program can be found in AHLEF’s 2018 Scholarship Manual
I Need to Update My Contact Information
Please fill out
the Designated Contact Form and
email it to Foundation Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org .
It is the school's responsibility to notify AHLEF of any contact changes.
I Want to Nominate Students for Scholarship Awards
Affiliated schools will
receive a scholarship package in November 2018, which will include your
school's allocation amount for the upcoming 2019 academic year and student
nomination forms. Schools are required to submit student nominations and
ensure the student nominees have completed a scholarship application.
The 2018 deadline date to submit a Nomination Form was April 15th. The 2019 deadline date to submit the Nomination Form will be February 15th.
Failure to do so will result in the forfeit of the school's scholarship
allocation for the year and may jeopardize continued participation in the
How to Select Student Nominees
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
- Be enrolled as a full-time
undergraduate (minimum of 12 hours) in a hospitality related
degree-granting program; with the exception of Rama Scholarship nominees
who can be enrolled part-time (at least 9 hours) and a graduate student.
- Maintain full-time status
through the fall and spring semesters to receive the scholarship
checks. Students not planning to take 12 hours should not be
nominated. Students graduating in December can be nominated if the
award amount falls within the amount guidelines (see guidelines below.)
- Have a minimum overall GPA of
3.0 (except for the Conrad N. Hilton awards, which require a minimum
overall GPA of 2.0 and Rama which has a 2.5 overall GPA
minimum). Consult your allocation letter to see which funds were
- Four-year schools can nominate
rising sophomores who will have junior standing for the upcoming fall
semester and two-year schools can nominate rising freshman who will have
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent
schools determine the individual award amounts for each student within the
Graduates (Fall Semester Only)
- Four-Year $1,000 - $3,000
- Two-Year $250 - $1,500
Year (Fall and Spring)
- Four-Year $2,000 - $6,000
- Two-Year $500 - $3,000
If you have any
questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Michelle Poinelli,
Senior VP of Foundation Programs, at email@example.com or
School Application – Reviewed Every 3 to 5 Years
Approximately every three to five years, AHLEF’s Scholarship
Committee reviews all existing schools participating in the Annual Scholarship
Grant Program and accepts applications from new schools wishing to join.
The committee has designated 2018 to be a review year. The deadline date
to submit a school application was April 15th. The
online portal is now closed and applications are no longer being
accepted. Schools will be notified in
October regarding their affiliation status for 2019. The
committee will be reviewing the following information:
- Degrees offered
- Number of students enrolled and
graduating from the program
- Program faculty
- Student placement in the industry
- Hotels recruiting on campus
- Program accreditation
committee will also consider past participation in AHLEF’s scholarship programs
and school compliance/partnership, which will look at the total number of
students from each school that applied for AHLEF’s self-nominated
scholarships. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the number of
graduates and placement in the industry.
affiliation and participation in the Annual Scholarship Grant Program requires
the schools to co-administer the scholarships with AHLEF, be sure that your
school is willing to do its part by reviewing AHLEF’s 2018 Scholarship Manual
Promote AHLEF’s Self-Nominated Scholarships
an affiliate school, you are expected to promote all AHLEF's scholarships to
your students. In addition to AHLEF's school-nominated scholarships, six
self-nominated scholarships are administered. In 2018, more than $600,000
is budgeted for these programs:
ask our affiliates to email their hospitality management students regarding
AHLEF scholarship opportunities. Additionally, please place our flyer on
any bulletin boards or scholarship resources within your college or university.
2018 online scholarship application is now closed. Winners will be
announced in July.
AHLEF is moving up the
deadline dates for all 2019 scholarships to February 15, 2019 so that we can notify the students sooner regarding their award status.
Information regarding AHLEF’s 2019 scholarships and the online scholarship
portal will be available in November.