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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 3.0 GPA 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
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..
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
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
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
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'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
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
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
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
The Franchise Education and Research Foundation and Choice Hotels International have partnered to sponsor this scholarship award. Additionally, the 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, [...] More
The Franchise Education and Research Foundation and the Marriott Foundation have partnered to sponsor this one-time competitive award. Additionally, the individual selected will be invited to IFA's Annual Convention in February and will receive a travel stipend up to $1,500 to attend. We do not email or mail applications. Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university with [...] More
The Franchise Education and Research Foundation and the Stewart and Jane Bainum Fund of the Community Foundation have partnered to sponsor this educational scholarship. Additionally, the individual selected will be invited to IFA's Annual Convention in February and will receive a travel stipend up to $1,500 to attend. Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university with [...] More
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 U.S. citizen or resident alien -Must not have been charged or [...] More
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
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
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
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. All applicants must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college in: Arkansas, Louisiana or Southern Texas; have completed half the requirements for a degree or certification in the [...] More
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.
Eligibility: -Must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college in: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire or Massachusetts -Must have completed half [...] More
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: -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 [...] More
NEWH, Inc. and its chapters are tasked with fundraising to provide scholarship dollars for eligible students wishing to enter the hospitality industry. In order to apply for the NEWH Orange County Region Scholarship, you must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college in - Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County, San Diego, Imperial County and Hawaii; have [...] More
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 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
The Our World-Underwater Scholarship provides a hands-on introduction to underwater and other aquatic-related endeavors for young persons with an interest in underwater–related disciplines. Students must be 21 to 26 years of age, be in high academic standing, fluent in English and certified as a rescue diver or equivalent with a minimum 25 dives logged in the past two years. If you are chosen as [...] More
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
The Ray Piper Global Project Management Education Scholarship awards students 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 information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
Grinnell College's Ignite Program, which allows local Pre-Kindergarten - 6th-grade students to come to campus for courses created and taught by college students, is facing criticism for being funded by a generous gift from the President of the National Rifle Association, Pete Brownell. As a result of the flap, the college revised its gift acceptance policy. [...]
A mom who agreed to pay $1.5 million to a college-admissions consultant to help her child get into a prestigious prep school and Ivy League College is now being sued for allegedly paying only half the fee. The Manhattan-based firm, The Ivy Coach, says the family is part of the "international aristocracy who have enlisted Ivy Coach's premium services." [...]
A controversial immigration debate was canceled this week by a student group at The University of Chicago - a university which "prides itself on protecting free speech, even offensive speech." The Edmund Burke Society, a conservative parliamentary debating society, canceled the debate, claiming it "could not assure an orderly event," particularly following the uproar over how the group had described the event. [...]