What Scholarships Does AHLEF Offer?
This year, AHLEF has budgeted to
disburse $1.3 million through its nine scholarship programs, which cover
hospitality management studies from incoming freshmen all the way to graduate
level. Some scholarships are reserved specifically
for current hotel employees or
minorities. A few have minimum GPA
requirements while others are open to full- or part-time students. The award amounts range from $500 to $7,500
depending upon enrollment.
The scholarship programs are divided
- open to all hospitality management students enrolled in a U.S. college or
- school-nominated – requires school affiliation, which schools apply
for every three to five years.
All hospitality students, regardless of where
they attend school, have access to more than $600,000 in scholarships offered
through AHLEF's self-nominated
The 2018 online scholarship application is now closed.
Winners will be announced in July. 2019 scholarship materials will be
available in November. The deadline date
for 2019 scholarships will be February
What is an Affiliated School?
Affiliate schools are U.S. colleges or universities with
hospitality-related programs who agree to participate in AHLEF's Annual
Scholarship Grant Program, as well as promote and co-administer AHLEF
scholarships to their students. AHLEF is limited in the number of schools that
it can add to the program based on available funding. Each year, affiliate
schools are usually allocated $4,000-$7,500 that they can award to their
students who meet a set of minimum eligibility criteria.
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).
Your school does NOT have to be affiliated for your students to
be eligible to submit scholarship applications for AHLEF’s six open scholarship
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
- Hotels recruiting on campus
- Program accreditation
- Participation in AHLEF’s scholarships
Since affiliation and participation in the Annual Scholarship
Grant Program, require the schools to co-administer the scholarships with
AHLEF, be sure that your school is willing to do its part by reviewing AHLEF’s
Scholarship Manual. 2018 Scholarship Manual
My School Didn’t Submit a School Application – What Can We Do?
Promote AHLEF’s open
scholarships to your hospitality management students and encourage their
application. AHLEF is tracking the
number of applicants received from each school.
Make sure that your school shows a strong commitment to AHLEF’s
scholarships with a solid number of applications each year so that it will standout
during next school review in three to five years.