$297,000 Awarded Via AH&LEF’s Core Scholarship Programs

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), awarded 209 scholarships, totaling $297,000, through three of its core programs – the Annual Scholarship Grant, Incoming Freshman Scholarship, and Graduate Scholarship programs.

AHLA The Annual Scholarship Grant Program, the Foundation’s biggest program, is co-administered with 85 universities and colleges.  In 2011, 194 students, nominated by AH&LEF-affiliated schools, received $244,000 in funds.  The program is funded from proceeds of the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS); the Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign; previous AH&LEF capital campaigns, as well as annual special events, including the Big Apple Auction, Golf Classic, and Hospitality Heritage Dinner Tribute, as well as the following scholarship funds:

- AH&LA Allied Members

- Steve Belmonte

- Melinda Bush

- Carlson Family Foundation

- John Clifford Memorial

- Cecil B. Day Memorial

- Handlery Foundation

- Conrad N. Hilton Memorial

- Creighton Holden Memorial

- Steve Hymans Memorial

- Richard Kelley

- Richard Kessler

- J. Willard Marriott Memorial

- Curtis C. Nelson

This is the fourth year for two new AH&LEF scholarships – incoming hospitality management freshmen and graduate students.  Seven incoming freshmen received scholarships totaling $13,000, and eight graduate students received $5,000 scholarships.  Funding for the freshman scholarships is provided by monies set aside from AH&LEF’s last major capital fundraising initiative, the New Century Campaign, and the graduate program is funded from a portion of the ALIS proceeds. 

In total, AH&LEF awarded almost $400,000 to 265 hospitality management students through its 10 academic scholarship programs this year. For more information about AH&LEF scholarships and other programs, contact Christa Boatman, manager of foundation programs, at (202) 289-3139 or or

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