Hospitality Industry Foundation awards over $1 million in scholarships to hospitality students nationwide
WASHINGTON – The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) has awarded more than $1 million to 336 hospitality program participants for the 2022-23 school year.
This year’s diverse pool of recipients includes 51% male students of color and 72% female students between the ages of 18 and 70. With six affiliated HBCU schools, the AHLA Foundation continues its strong tradition of supporting the future of hospitality by providing financial assistance to these deserving scholars.
In the second year of its targeted partnership with 10 community colleges, the number of two-year college students awarded scholarships increased by 56% to 88 recipients. The other 248 recipients are enrolled in four-year hospitality programs at 71 institutions representing 36 states and Washington, D.C. To date, the AHLA Foundation has awarded nearly $16 million to deserving students across the United States.
“Now more than ever, it is essential to empower the future minds of the hospitality industry. Through these generous donations, fellows from these diverse institutions will draw on their skills to discover the many exciting career opportunities our industry has. to offer “, said Sarah Cozewith, Vice President of Workforce Development for the AHLA Foundation. “We couldn’t be more delighted to help them on their journey.”
Fellows for the 2022/2023 academic year offer their own unique perspectives and talents to an industry eager to serve:
- Joshua Jackson (New Mexico State University) – Joshua attended four high schools in three states while his father pursued a 24-year career in the military. After observing the substantial financial impact Covid-19 has had on the hospitality and tourism industry, Joshua pursued this college scholarship to focus on his academic studies, expand his knowledge through internship opportunities, and serve his community.
- Allison Busch (San Diego State University) – Allison grew up in San Diego after being adopted from Vietnam when she was five months old. Her curiosity about the hospitality industry was sparked when she first had the opportunity to work at Marriott in 2019, which led her to apply for the San Diego State Hospitality Program. Allison is grateful for this scholarship opportunity to achieve her academic goals and continue to advance her hospitality career.
- Santiago Reveles Gonzalez (University of Houston) – Originally from Mexico, Santiago is a rising senior who specializes in hospitality at the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership. After the pandemic took a toll on his mental and physical health, everything changed for him when he took a hospitality job at the Hilton Garden Inn in Houston. Santiago plans to use his AHLAF scholarship to pursue his dreams in hospitality.
AHLA Foundation scholarships are funded through the generous support of individual and corporate donors. The AHLAF Scholarship Program, the Foundation’s largest scholarship program, includes funds provided by the AHLAF General Campaign, AHLAF Hospitality 2000 Campaign, Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), AHLAF New Century Fund , the National Restaurant Association, John Clifford Memorial Fund, Cecil B. Day Memorial Fund, Handlery Hotels, Conrad N. Hilton Memorial Fund, Creighton Holden Memorial Fund, Hospitality Asset Managers Association, Steve Hymans Extended Stay Scholarship, Richard Kessler, J. Willard Marriott Memorial Fund, Joseph McInerney Scholarship, Curtis C. Nelson Fund, and the AHLAF Annual Giving Program.
Additional scholarship programs include: Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students; the Rama Fellowship for the American Dream Program; the American Express Scholarship Program; the Ecolab Fellowship Program; the Karl Mehlmann Fellowship; the Banks Brown Graduate Scholarship Program; the Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship Program; the Stephen P. Holmes Fellowship; the Incoming Freshman Scholarship, which awards the PepsiCo Foundation and ALIS scholarships; and the Opening Doors to Opportunity Scholarship, which awards the Minaz Abji Scholarship.
About the AHLA Foundation
The AHLA Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is dedicated to helping people build their careers, improve their lives, and strengthen the hospitality industry. From lifting individuals out of poverty and connecting them to lifelong careers in the industry to providing certifications to promote current hotel employees into leadership positions, the programs of the Foundation are changing the industry by changing lives. We are committed to uplifting, educating and empowering individuals and the public on the history of opportunity and industry advancement. The Foundation is funded solely by contributions from generous individuals and businesses who wish to give back to the hospitality industry and ensure a prosperous future. Learn more at www.ahlafoundation.org.