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.

ABA Academic Merit Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/6/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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. For more [...] More

ABA Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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

AH&LEF Graduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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). Eligible applicants must have either an undergraduate degree in hospitality or four years' employment in the lodging industry after graduation. If you do not have [...] More

Catching The Dream Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Catching the Dream is a national Native American education and scholarship center. 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.

    Our strategy is to actively seek out Native American high school [...] More

Helen Brett Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The purpose of the Helen Brett 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 by attracting college level students into the field of study and encouraging their pursuit with financial support. Scholarships are awarded [...] More

Hungry To Lead Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Hungry To Lead scholarship was initiated in 2014 in an effort to provide financial assistance to future leaders in the foodservice and hospitality industry. Since 2014, 10 scholarships have been awarded topping $17,000 in awards! There are two scholarships available for the coming academic school year. Two finalists will be awarded scholarships: First place is the Hungry To Lead Scholarship, [...] More

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • In 1988, Hyatt established this fund to provide financial aid to minority students pursuing a degree in hotel management. Eligible students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, or just the fall semester if graduating in December. Applicants must be pursuing a baccalaureate hospitality management major in a U.S. college or university and be at [...] More

IFA Foundation Scholarship - Marriott Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 10/31/2019
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The IFA Foundation and the Marriott Foundation have collaborated to sponsor this scholarship award. A competitive one-time award will be presented annually. Additionally, the individual selected will be invited to the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Annual Convention and will receive a travel stipend (up to $1,500) to attend. To be eligible for this one-time award, each applicant [...] More

IFA Foundation Scholarship Sponsored by Choice Hotels International

  • Application Deadline: 10/31/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The International Franchise Association Foundation individual selected will be invited to IFA's Annual Convention in February and will receive a travel stipend up to $1,500 to attend. Must be a sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university with studies in business, hospitality or franchise management. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/21/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Since its inception, the IRA Educational Foundation has awarded almost $2.8 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; be enrolled as a full-time or [...] More

JWU Lodging Management Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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

Letitia B. Carter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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 Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. Music, sculpture, [...] More

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/13/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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 profession and [...] More

PMI Alaska Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/2/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The PMI Alaska Chapter Scholarships are for applicants who are enrolled in or applying for an accredited undergraduate, graduate or doctoral academic degree program in project management or a related field benefitting from project management with the following order of priority: 1st priority: a member of the PMI Alaska Chapter who is a resident of Alaska attending or planning to attend an [...] More

PMI Tulsa Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/2/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • PMI Tulsa Chapter Scholarship offers awards to applicants who are enrolled in or applying for an accredited two-year associate's degree or four-year bachelor's degree program. Applicants will be reviewed with the following order of priority: a member of the PMI Tulsa Chapter or an immediate family member (including spouse, children, step-children and grandchildren but not cousins, aunts, or [...] More

R.W. "Bob" Holden Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/28/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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

The American Express Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The American Express Scholarship program is designed specifically for current lodging employees and their dependents. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time in an undergraduate hospitality management program at a U.S. college or university. Additionally, applicants must either be working a minimum of 20 hours per week at an AH&LA member hotel with at least 12 months' hotel experience, or be [...] More

The Ecolab Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • This program was established by Ecolab in 1996 as a commitment to the lodging industry and to support the development of its future leaders. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for both the upcoming fall and spring semesters and be an undergraduate hospitality management major at a U.S. college or university (associate or baccalaureate). Awards are $1,000 for [...] More

The Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/20/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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 Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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 categories:

    Applicants [...] More

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Last Reviewed: October 2019