Hospitality Scholarships

After all the time she spent in the Plaza, Eloise probably considered a career in hospitality administration and management at some point. You don’t have to grow up in a hotel to want to develop or manage one but if you like interacting with people, traveling and doing work that has a true impact on the community around you, majoring in hospitality is definitely for you. And talk about entering a growing field: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the hospitality industry will grow 17 percent between 2004 and 2014, adding more than 2.2 million new jobs ranging from bellhops to executives to the work force.

As hands-on majors go, hospitality is definitely high on the list; by graduation day, hospitality majors have often completed multiple internships – lots of schools require them as part of the curriculum – to prepare students for the industry’s rigors. Of course, these additional requirements can mean additional costs and when paying for school is hard enough, students need all the financial aid they can get.

Schools like the City College of San Francisco and Purdue award hospitality scholarships specifically to majors but if your college doesn’t have university-based hospitality scholarships, consider checking out what local companies and professional organizations (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation, NEWH, etc.) have to offer. Hospitality students may even qualify for business, marketing and communications scholarships, as these classes are integral components of the major.

The hospitality scholarship opportunities below were just a few we pulled from the Scholarships.com database but for more, conduct a free scholarship search today.

Nothern California Attractions Association Keith R. Kittle Memorial Travel & Tourism Scholarship
Application Deadlines: Varies
"Your Passport to Success" Keith R. Kittle Memorial Travel & Tourism Scholarship The Northern California Attractions Association, founded in 1976, is a cooperative marketing organization made up of nine major attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area who promote the travel and tourism industry throughout the world. Each attraction recognizes the importance of the education and training of our [...] More

AH&LEF Annual Scholarship Grant Program
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The Foundation's largest program, the Annual Scholarship Grant Program, is co-administered with a group of universities and colleges affiliated with AH&LEF. Award amounts can range from $500 to $6,000 depending upon enrollment and recommended amount from school. Nominees must: - Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate hospitality management program an an AH&LEF affiliated school - A minimum [...] More

The Ecolab Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Administered through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), this program was established by Ecolab in 1996 as a commitment to the lodging industry and to support the development of its future leaders. Ecolab Scholarships are self-nominated, which means students do not have to attend a particular school or be nominated by their respective schools. Baccalaureate majors will [...] More

The American Express Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Administered through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), this program was founded by American Express in 1994 and designed specifically for current lodging employees and their dependents. Endowed with more than $500,000, the fund has awarded more than $215,000 in scholarships to approximately 200 students. Baccalaureate majors will receive $2,000 (full-time) and $1,000 [...] More

Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 02, Annually
Applicant Qualifications: - Be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois - Be accepted and plan to enroll in an accredited culinary school, college or university - Major in a culinary, restaurant management of foodservice related program How Scholarsrhip Applications are Judged and Selected: A judging panel of educators, industry leaders, and culinary professionals will evaluate [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must: - Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment - Be a United States citizen - Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis Application forms are only available through the high schools in the counties [...] More

Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 17, Annually
Each year, 10 high school graduating seniors across New York City become part of the Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program. Since 1992 the Scholarship program has had an impact on over 450 students throughout the five boroughs of New York City by providing education, work-related and financial benefits. Scholarship recipients receive a full-tuition scholarship (less financial aid) [...] More

W. Price Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Each year, the Texas Restaurant Association awards the W. Price Jr. Memorial scholarship to students with a growing passion for the foodservice industry. The scholarship is named for W. Price Jr., the first executive director of the Texas Restaurant Association who served from 1953 until 1974. Two scholarships for $5,000 are awarded to students attending a four-year university or a culinary [...] More

NTA La Macchia Family Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
Eligibility Criteria: - citizen or permanent resident of the United States - full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study - enrolled at a college or university in Wisconsin - cumulative or overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or greater on a U.S. 4.0 scale - enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university, and will be [...] More

Catching The Dream MESBEC Program
Application Deadlines: Varies
Formerly known as the Native American Scholarship Fund, Catching the Dream (CTD) was chartered in 1986 to help provide Indian tribes, Indian communities and tribal organizations with professionally trained and educated Native Americans. The MESBEC program is the oldest of CTD's programs providing scholarships for high-potential Native American students in Math, Engineering, Science, Business, [...] More

The Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
In 1988, Hyatt established this fund through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) to provide financial aid to minority students pursing a degree in hotel management. Over the years, Hyatt has continued its investment to permanently endow the fund, currently valued at more than $800,000. Since 1988, more than 200 minority students have received funding for college through [...] More

NEWH Rocky Mountain Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 10, Annually
NEWH, INC. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Hospitality Industry. It is our goal to further our industry through education. To that end the NEWH Rocky Mountain Chapter is offering scholarships to students who are pursuing careers affiliated in the Hospitality Industry. This year, the NEWH Rocky Mountain chapter will award a total of threescholarships to deserving students in the [...] More

NTA Luray Caverns Graduate Research Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
NTA Luray Caverns Graduate Research Scholarship (one award at $3,000) Please note this award will be made in two equal payments: one at the outset and the other after submission of final research to Tourism Cares. Eligibility Criteria: - citizen or permanent resident of any country - full-time or part-time graduate student, who can demonstrate a clear focus on and commitment to the [...] More

AH&LEF Graduate Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Over the past several years, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) has had increased requests for graduate scholarships. Additional proceeds from Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) have enabled the Foundation to offer this new graduate scholarship program. The program is open to hospitality management graduate students as well as other graduate majors who have an [...] More

NEWH Houston Chapter Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 31, Annually
Qualifications: - You must be attending an accredited institution of higher learning - You must have completed one half of the requirements for a degree or certification in the program which you are currently enrolled - You must show financial need - You must have a 3.0 GPA or higher - You must have a career objective in one of the areas of the hospitality industry (i.e., hotel/restaurant [...] More

CRAEF Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: May 16, Annually
Since its inception in 1981, the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) has awarded deserving students and educators more than one million dollars in scholarships and grants. Traditionally, these scholarships are allocated to eager and talented high school seniors and undergraduate students who dream of pursuing higher education in the restaurant, food service and [...] More

ABA Diversity Scholarship
Application Deadlines: Varies
The ABA Diversity Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally under-represented groups in the management and operation ranks of the transportation, travel, and tourism industry. Eligible candidates must have completed, at a minimum, their first year of college at an accredited university; must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the transportation, travel, and [...] More

American Bus Association Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 08, Annually
The ABA George T. Snyder, Jr. Scholarships recognize deserving students who demonstrate scholastic ability, leadership, character, diversity and the potential to be future leaders in the transportation, travel, and tourism industry. The American Bus Association Scholarship Program was established after the death in 1995 of George T. Snyder, Jr., who was the President and CEO of ABA. A large part [...] More

ABA Academic Merit Scholarship
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Academic Merit Scholarship is open to both ABA and non-ABA Members. To be eligible, candidates will have completed, at a minimum, their first year of an accredited university (4-year university/college or junior college); must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the transportation, travel and tourism industry; must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher. Selection [...] More

Joe Perdue Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The Club Foundation, the only 501(c)(3) charitable organization for the private club industry, was created by the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) in 1988. Its mission is to financially support the professional development of club managers through education, training and research initiatives. This includes awarding scholarships to students who are pursuing careers in club management. [...] More

Colorado Restaurant Association Education Fund Undergraduate Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 04, Annually
The Colorado Restaurant Association Education Fund awards scholarships to qualified students in foodservice/hospitality management programs. Applicants must have demonstrated interest in hospitality/foodservice evidenced by work experience in the industry. Applicant must: - Be a part-time or full-time student enrolled in an accredited foodservice-related program (this includes [...] More

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a full-year work-study fellowship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. CBYX annually provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany. The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language training in Germany (no prior [...] More

Minorities in Hospitality Scholars Program
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The IFA Educational Foundation and Choice Hotels International have partnered to sponsor the Minorities in Hospitality Scholars Program. The purpose of the scholars program is to recognize and support minority students who are enrolled in the Hospitality course of studies complete their academic programs by providing scholarship assistance. A competitive award of $2,000 will be presented [...] More

Letitia B. Carter Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Letitia B. Carter Scholarship is presented by the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation in memory of former CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland. This competitive scholarship is awarded to Maryland residents interested in pursuing hospitality-related coursework. It is available to high school students and college students as well as high school, college or corporate [...] More

Al Schuman Ecolab Undergraduate Entrepreneurial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 29, Annually
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and the Al Schuman Ecolab Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to college students who are accepted or enrolled in a foodservice related program at a select set of colleges. This scholarship is targeted toward students who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit through a written essay. Chosen recipients must be highly ambitious, [...] More

NRAEF ProStart National Certificate of Achievement Scholarship
Application Deadlines: Varies
The ProStart® National Certificate of Achievement Scholarship is for students who have received the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement. Students who earned a ProStart National Certificate of Achievement may be considered for a scholarship each year they are in college. To apply complete the application process for either the NRAEF Undergraduate Scholarship or the Scholarship for [...] More

R.W. "Bob" Holden Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 01, Annually
The R.W. "Bob" Holden Scholarship is a tribute to the continuing leadership in the hotel industry and dedication to education of those entering the industry as expressed by Bob Holden. Student must be a U.S. citizen and a Hawaii resident, be enrolled as a full-time junior or senior at a U.S. accredited university/college majoring in hotel management and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Deadline to [...] More

Russ Casey Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 17, Annually
The Russ Casey / Maine Restaurant Associates Scholarship Fund was established to promote careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry in Maine. This scholarship honors the integrity and memory of Russell Casey, a beloved and extraordinary employee of the Jordan's Foods Corporation. The Jordan Family created the Russ Casey Fund with their contribution of $5,000. This contribution was the [...] More

South Dakota Retailers Association Jerry Wheeler Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: April 11, Annually
The South Dakota Retailers Association provides scholarships to students who are studying for a career in retailing. Individuals must have graduated from a South Dakota High School, or be enrolled in retail-related course of study at a vocational technical school, college or university in South Dakota to be eligible. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must plan to enrolled full-time in [...] More

WRA Education Foundation Scholarship in Foodservice & Hospitality
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation (WRA EF) welcomes your application for a culinary and/or hospitality scholarship. WRA EF Endowed Scholarships will be awarded in the amounts ranging from $750 to $2,250. To qualify, you must be enrolled full-time or part-time (minimum 6 credits) and be enrolled in a food service program (emphasis on food service) or a culinary [...] More

ASTA Alexander Harris Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the Alexander Harris Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of the United States - Full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study - Enrolled at a college or university in the United States - Cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or greater on a U.S. [...] More

ASTA American Express Travel Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the ASTA American Express Travel Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of the United States - Graduating senior from a U.S. high school that has the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (AOHT) Program by the end of this semester or term - Cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or greater on a U.S. 4.0 scale - Accepted at a [...] More

ASTA Arizona Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the ASTA Arizona Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada - Full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism-related program of study - Cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or greater on a U. S. 4.0 scale - Enrolled at a college or university in the state of [...] More

ASTA Northern California Chapter-Richard Epping Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the ASTA Northern California Chapter-Richard Epping Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of the United States - Permanent resident of California - Full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study - Enrolled at a college or university in California - [...] More

NTA Canada Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA Canada Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Permanent resident of Canada - Full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study; or full-time graduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study, who can demonstrate a clear focus on and commitment to the [...] More

NTA Connecticut Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA Connecticut Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of the United States - Permanent resident of Connecticut - Full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study - Enrolled at a college or university in the United States - Cumulative 3.0 grade point [...] More

NTA Eric Friedheim Graduate Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA Eric Friedheim Graduate Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: Eligibility Criteria: - citizen or permanent resident of the United States - cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or greater on a U. S. 4.0 scale - enrolled as a full-time or part-time graduate student in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study, who can [...] More

NTA Florida Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA Florida Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of the United States - Permanent resident of Florida - Full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study - Enrolled at a college or university in the United States - Cumulative 3.0 grade point average [...] More

NTA Massachusetts Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA Massachusetts Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of the United States - Permanent resident of Massachusetts - Full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study - Enrolled at a college or university in the United States - Cumulative 3.0 grade [...] More

NTA New Horizons - Kathy LeTarte Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA New Horizons - Kathy LeTarte Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of the United States - Permanent resident of Michigan - Full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study - Enrolled at a college or university in the United States or Canada - [...] More

NTA New Jersey Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA New Jersey Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of the United States - Permanent resident of New Jersey - Full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study - Enrolled at a college or university in New Jersey - Cumulative 3.0 grade point [...] More

NTA New York Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA New York Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of the United States - Permanent resident of New York - Full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study - Enrolled at a college or university in the United States - Cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA), or [...] More

NTA Ohio Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA Ohio Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of the United States - Permanent resident of Ohio - Full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study - Enrolled at a college or university in Ohio - Cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or greater [...] More

NTA Pat & Jim Host Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA Pat & Jim Host Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - citizen or permanent resident of the United States - permanent resident of Kentucky - full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study; or full-time graduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of [...] More

NTA Québec Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 09, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA Québec Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: Eligibility Criteria: - permanent resident of Canada - permanent resident of Quebec - full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study; or full-time graduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study, who [...] More

NTA René Campbell - Ruth McKinney Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA René Campbell - Ruth McKinney Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - citizen or permanent resident of the United States - permanent resident of North Carolina - full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study - enrolled at a college or university in the United States or [...] More

NTA Travel Leaders Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA Travel Leaders Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of any country - Full-time or part-time graduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study, who can demonstrate a clear focus on and commitment to the tourism-subject area - Enrolled at a college or university in the United [...] More

NTA Utah - Keith Griffall Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the NTA Utah – Keith Griffall Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Citizen or permanent resident of the United States - Permanent resident of Utah - Full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study - Enrolled at a college or university in the United States - Cumulative 3.0 grade [...] More

APA Judith McManus Price Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
Women and minority (African American, Hispanic American, or Native American) students enrolled in an approved Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) planning program who are citizens of the United States, intend to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector, and are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need are eligible to apply for this scholarship which will range between $2,000 [...] More

NEWH North Central Scholarship
Application Deadlines: October 27, Annually
NEWH, INC. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Hospitality Industry. It is our goal to further our industry through education. To that end, we are offering scholarships to students who are pursuing careers affiliated with the Hospitality Industry. Scholarship winners will be presented at the Speed Mentoring event in February. This year, the North Central chapter is awarding three $1,500 [...] More

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