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.

$5,000 NEWH Women Leaders Scholarship
Application Deadlines: October 17, Annually
The NEWH Women Leaders Scholarship sponsored by HMG is a $5,000 scholarship open to female students pursuing a career objective in the hospitality industry with an emphasis towards hospitality management. The scholarship winner will be honored April 6-7, in Los Angeles, California at BDwest during the Boutique Design Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality panel discussion and breakfast. [...] More

ABA Academic Merit Scholarship
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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

ABA Diversity Scholarship
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The Diversity Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally underrepresented 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

ABA Member Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The ABA Member scholarships awarded by the American Bus Association are open are full-time employees or the dependent children of full-time employees of ABA member companies.

Eligible employee must have been employed by an ABA member company (in good standing) for at least one year as of January 1 in the year in which the scholarships are awarded. The winners or the parents of the winners [...] 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.

Nominees must:
-Be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate hospitality management program an an AH&LEF affiliated school
-Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (2.0 if receiving Conrad Hilton Funds)
-Be a U.S. citizen or permanent [...] More

AH&LEF Graduate Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
After receiving many requests for graduate scholarships, AH&LEF began offering a scholarship exclusively for graduate students in 2008. The program is funded from proceeds generated by the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS).

Eligibility:
-If your graduate degree is in anything other than a hospitality-related program, you must have either: An undergraduate degree in hospitality or four [...] More

Al Schuman/Ecolab Entrepreneurial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 06, Annually
This scholarship is for any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, food-service, or hospitality related major who has an entrepreneurial spirit, a minimum GPA of 3.0 and attending one of the following schools: California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Cornell University, Culinary Institute of America, DePaul University, Johnson & Wales University, Kendall College, Lynn University, [...] 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 a scholarship..

Eligibility
-Women and [...] More

AREMA John J. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 11, Annually
The AREMA Educational Foundation provides scholarships to engineering students who are specializing in the railway industry and supports other educational and training endeavors that help to ensure the future of the profession. The John J. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship is for a Junior or Senior college student pursuing an undergraduate degree in a professional field that has direct applications [...] More

ASTA Allegheny Branch of the Mid-America Chapter – Nancy Stewart Professional Development Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 03, Annually
Tourism Cares will award up to $3,000 in ASTA Allegheny Branch of the Mid-America Chapter – Nancy Stewart Professional Development Scholarships to be applied to the cost of an ASTA or The Travel Institute Educational Program, or the registration fee only for the ASTA International Destination Expo. To be eligible, applicants must be permanent U. S. residents, with a minimum of two years of [...] More

ASTA Arizona Chapter Professional Development Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 03, Annually
Tourism Cares will award up to $500 in ASTA Arizona Chapter Professional Development Scholarships to be applied to the cost of an ASTA or The Travel Institute Educational Program, or the registration fee only for the ASTA International Destination Expo. To be eligible, applicants must be permanent U.S. residents, with a minimum of two years of experience in the travel industry, who have [...] More

ASTA Pacific Northwest Chapter – William Hunt Professional Development Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 03, Annually
Tourism Cares will award up to $500 in ASTA Pacific Northwest Chapter - William Hunt Professional Development Scholarships to be applied to the cost of an ASTA or The Travel Institute Educational Program, or the registration fee only for the ASTA International Destination Expo. To be eligible, applicants must be permanent U. S. residents, with a minimum of two years of experience in the travel [...] More

ASTA Rocky Mountain Chapter – Don Estey Professional Development Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 03, Annually
Tourism Cares will award up to $3,000 in ASTA Rocky Mountain Chapter – Don Estey Professional Development Scholarships to be applied to the cost of an ASTA or The Travel Institute Educational Program, or the registration fee only for the ASTA International Destination Expo. To be eligible, applicants must be permanent U.S. residents, with a minimum of two years of experience in the travel [...] More

ASTA San Diego Chapter Professional Development Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 03, Annually
Tourism Cares will award ASTA San Diego Chapter Professional Development Scholarships to be applied to the cost of an ASTA or The Travel Institute Educational Program, or the registration fee only for the ASTA International Destination Expo. To be eligible, applicants must be permanent U.S. residents, with a minimum of two years of experience in the travel industry, who have successfully [...] More

ASTA Southeast Chapter Professional Development Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 03, Annually
Tourism Cares will award ASTA Southeast Chapter Professional Development Scholarships to be applied to the cost of an ASTA or The Travel Institute Educational Program, or the registration fee only for the ASTA International Destination Expo. To be eligible, applicants must be permanent U.S. residents, with a minimum of two years of experience in the travel industry, who have successfully [...] More

Catching The Dream Program
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Catching the Dream seeks to address this deficiency. Our high-priority areas of study are math, engineering, science, business, education, and computers. These fields of study are critical to the future of Indian people and the nation, and Native Americans are very underrepresented in these fields.

Catching the Dream is a national Native American education and scholarship center.
Our strategy [...] 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.

Eligibility:
-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
CBYX for Young Professionals is a yearlong fellowship, funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State. The program annually gives 75 American young professionals the opportunity to study, work, and live with a host in Germany. The CBYX program consists of three phases: two months of German language school; four months of classes in your career field at a [...] More

CRAEF Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: May 15, 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

DECA Student Scholarships
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
DECA's scholarship program provides over $300,000 in scholarships to high school and college DECA members at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) each year. Many corporate partners of DECA provide scholarships through the DECA scholarship program. DECA Inc. administers the program based on guidelines set by the donor. DECA scholarships are strictly merit based. DECA partners [...] More

Helen Brett Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
The Helen Brett Scholarship was established by Robert Kolinek, CEM, CMP, and named for his grandmother, Helen Brett, who was a pioneer in the trade show industry. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist individuals who are enrolled in a four-year degree program with a focus on the study of exhibition and event management. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry [...] More

Hungry To Lead Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
The Hungry to Lead Scholarship is awarded to high achieving students interested in food service and hospitality degrees. The scholarship is based on high school records, ACT and/or SAT scores, college transcripts (if applicable), and extracurricular activities. Applicants will be judged bast on their ability to demonstrate leadership capabilities.

Eligibility:
-U.S. citizen attending any [...] More

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
In 1988, Hyatt established this fund to provide financial aid to minority students pursuing a degree in hotel management. Since 1988, approximately 351 minority students have received $702,000 through this scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria:
-Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, or just the fall semester if graduating this December
-A baccalaureate [...] More

IFA Educational Scholarship Sponsored by Choice Hotels International
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The IFA Educational Foundation and Choice Hotels International have partnered to sponsor this scholarship award. A competitive one-time award of $2,000 will be presented annually. Additionally, the individual selected will be invited to IFA's Annual Convention in February and will receive a travel stipend to attend. To be eligible for this one-time award, applicant must:

-Be enrolled in a U.S. [...] More

IFA Educational Scholarship Sponsored by Marriott Foundation
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The IFA Educational Foundation and the Marriott Foundation have partnered to sponsor this one-time $2000 competitive award. Additionally, the individual selected will be invited to IFA's Annual Convention in February and will receive a travel stipend to attend. To be eligible for this one-time award, applicant must:

-Be enrolled in an U.S. accredited college or university with studies in [...] More

IFA Educational Scholarship Sponsored by the Stewart and Jane Bainum Fund
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The IFA Educational Foundation and the Stewart and Jane Bainum Fund of the Community Foundation have partnered to sponsor this educational scholarship. A competitive $2000 one-time award will be presented annually. Additionally, the individual selected will be invited to IFA's Annual Convention in February and will receive a travel stipend to attend. To be eligible for this one-time award, [...] More

IFDA Student Member Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The IFDA Student Member Scholarship is available through the IFDA Educational Foundation to a full-time, current student member of IFDA who has completed a minimum of four design courses in a post secondary interior design or related program. An additional letter of recommendation from an IFDA Professional Member is required. The IFDA student identification number must be included on the [...] More

IHLAEF Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 10, Annually
The purpose of our scholarship is to financially assist Illinois residents who have demonstrated a desire to make the hotel and hospitality industry a career. This application will be considered for the academic year. Each student applicant must comply with the eligibility and selection criteria and requirements of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (IHLAEF) [...] More

IRAEF Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 29, Annually
Since its inception, the IRA Educational Foundation has awarded almost $2.5 million to deserving students pursuing Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management in college.

To qualify for a scholarship, you must:
-Be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois (under the age of 30)
-Be accepted and plan to enroll in an accredited culinary school, college, or university
-Enrolled as a [...] More

Joe Perdue Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The Club Foundation awards scholarships based on the availability of funds and merit of application. Scholarship awards are made at the recommendation of The Club Foundation Allocation Committee (CFAC) and approved by the Board of Governors. The scholarship award is made directly to the registrar at the college or university the recipient attends.

Any individual who is actively seeking a [...] More

JWU Lodging Management Scholarship
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The JWU Lodging Management Scholarship is awarded to accepted incoming students who participated in a lodging management curriculum. Recipients are determined based upon participation in lodging management curriculum. This award is renewable for up to four years. The amount of scholarships awarded for participation in specific high school curricula is limited to one per student.

For more [...] More

JWU ProStart Scholarship
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The JWU ProStart Scholarship is awarded to accepted incoming students who participated in a ProStart curriculum. This award is renewable up to four years and can be used at all campuses. The amount of scholarships awarded for participation in specific high school curricula is limited to one per student.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. foundation encourages and supports young men and women who wish to pursue aviation careers, as professional pilots. The foundation will award flight instruction scholarships for potential students, in order to obtain private pilot certification.

Eligibility:
-Must be between the ages of 16-23
-Must be a US citizen or resident alien
-Must not have been charged or [...] More

Les Dames d'Escoffier Colorado Chapter Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
The Colorado Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier offers two $1,000 scholarships, available to qualified female students who are enrolled or planning to enroll in an applicable program in the upcoming fall. Applicants must have a focus in a food-related industry (such as culinary, food science, dietetics, nutrition, beverage and fermentation, hospitality and restaurant management, animal science, [...] 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

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Founded in 1949, the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state. Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 a year, and scholarships are renewable for four (4) [...] More

NEWH Atlantic City/Philadelphia Scholarship
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The NEWH Atlantic City/Philadelphia Chapter is awarding scholarships to students who are pursuing careers affiliated with the hospitality industry. The scholarship winner(s) will be presented at our chapter's Product Runway event in Philadelphia.

Eligibility:
-Must be attending an accredited institution of higher learning
-Must have completed one-half (1/2) of the requirements for a degree [...] More

NEWH Houston Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
NEWH, Inc. and its chapters are tasked with fundraising to provide scholarship dollars for eligible students wishing to enter the Hospitality Industry. NEWH Chapters offer scholarships annually.

Eligibility:
-Must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college in: Arkansas, Louisiana or Southern Texas
-Must have completed half the requirements for a degree or certification [...] More

NEWH New England Region Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 01, Annually
NEWH New England Regional Group is offering a scholarship to a student pursuing a career affiliated in the Hospitality Industry. The selected scholarship recipient will be awarded during the New England Region NEWH Holiday Event.

Criteria:
-Must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college in: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire or Massachusetts
-Must have completed half the [...] More

NEWH New York Scholarship
Application Deadlines: September 26, Annually
To be eligible for the NEWH New York Chapter Scholarship, applicants must meet the following 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 [...] More

NEWH Orange County Region Scholarship
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NEWH, Inc. and its chapters are tasked with fundraising to provide scholarship dollars for eligible students wishing to enter the hospitality industry.

Eligibility:
-You must be attending an accredited institution of higher learning
-You must have completed one-half (1/2) of the requirements for a degree or certification in the program which you are currently enrolled
-You must show [...] More

NEWH Rocky Mountain Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 12, Annually
NEWH, Inc. and its chapters are tasked with fundraising to provide scholarship dollars for eligible students wishing to enter the Hospitality Industry. NEWH Chapters offer scholarships annually.

Eligibility:
-Currently enrolled at an accredited college/university in Colorado, Wyoming, or Nebraska
-Completed at least half of the degree requirements
-Demonstrate financial need and have [...] More

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 13, Annually
Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation has been honored to provide three academic scholarships each year to undergraduate and graduate students.

The scholarships are broken into three categories:
-The Don Schmidt Scholarship for students majoring in parks/law enforcement;
-The Jody Stowers Scholarship for students in parks and recreation that exemplify the future of our [...] More

Our World-Underwater Society Rolex Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 31, Annually
The mission of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society (OW-USS) is to promote educational activities associated with the underwater world. There is one scholarship for North American citizens and one for European citizens. Applicants must be certified SCUBA divers and will need to pass a diving physical prior to acceptance of Scholarship.

The scholarships provide a hands-on introduction [...] More

PMI Alaska Chapter Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The PMI Alaska Chapter aims to promote project management professionalism and serve the professional, education, and networking needs of its members and the residents of Alaska interested in project management. In this endeavor, it has created an endowed fund to support at least one annual academic scholarship per year. As the fund grows over several years, additional scholarships may be added or [...] More

PMI Ray Piper Global Project Management Education Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
To honor the memory of Ray Piper, Ray's friends are sponsoring the Ray Piper Global Project Management Education Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

This academic scholarship is open to any student enrolled in or applying for an accredited undergraduate academic degree program in project management or a related field of study at any college or university anywhere in the world.

For more [...] More

PMI Tulsa Chapter Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
PMI Tulsa is offering three individual scholarships in the amount of $1,500. Applicants must be enrolled in or applying for an accredited two-year associate's degree or four-year bachelor's degree program. For the two-year degree program, applicants must also be enrolled in or applying for a Project Management Certificate Program. For the four-year degree program, applicants must be enrolled in [...] 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.

Applying students must be 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. [...] More

Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
Application Deadlines: October 21, Annually
This scholarship in the amount of $3,500 is awarded to women pursuing undergraduate studies in transportation or a related field and honors Sharon D. Banks, chief executive officer of AC Transit in Alameda-Contra Costa County, California during most of the 1990's. She led the agency in a pioneering effort to introduce cultural and organizational changes aimed at motivating the public transit [...] More

South Dakota Retailers Association Jerry Wheeler Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: April 18, Annually
SDRA's Jerry Wheeler Scholarship program is designed to encourage and support students studying for a career in retailing. To be eligible, applicant must be enrolled in or planning to enroll in a retail-related course of study at a technical school, college or university, or other trade school in the fall of the application year. Enrollment in an online program is acceptable if applicant meets [...] More

The American Express Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Founded by American Express in 1994, this program is designed specifically for current lodging employees and their dependents. Endowed with more than $500,000, the fund has awarded $318,000 in scholarships to 281 students and professionals. For full details or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Eligibility Criteria:
-Enrolled full- or part-time in an undergraduate [...] More

The Ecolab Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
This program was established by Ecolab in 1996 as a commitment to the lodging industry and to support the development of its future leaders. To date, more than $401,650,000 has been awarded to 269 hospitality management students.

Eligibility:
-Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for both the upcoming fall and spring semesters
-An undergraduate hospitality management major at a U.S. college [...] More

The Russ Casey / Maine Restaurant Associates Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: April 29, 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.

Any student who is a resident of Maine and is, or will be attending an institution of higher education in [...] More

The Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 20, Annually
Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. Entries may only be sent by [...] More

Tourism Cares Academic Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Our academic scholarships identify future leaders of the industry through a highly competitive application process. We provide up to 52 scholarships annually to students from the highest caliber of tourism and hospitality programs across the United States and Canada and award a total of $70,000 in scholarships.

Tourism Cares Academic Scholarships are offered in three [...] More

WRA Education Foundation Scholarship in Culinary & 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 amounts of $4,000 for the upcoming academic year. For full details, eligibility and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Eligibility:
-Must be enrolled in an accredited culinary or [...] More

Last Edited: December 2015

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