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: 4/2/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The American Bus Association 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 [...] More

ABA Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The ABA 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 Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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 must [...] More

APA Judith McManus Price Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The APA Judith McManus Price Scholarship is offered to 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 [...] More

AREMA John J. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/6/2020
  • Amount: $1,101
  • 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 Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Founded in 1986, Catching the Dream strives to help improve the quality of life in Indian communities through the higher education of Indian people by providing scholarship funds to Native college students who demonstrate academic achievement, clearly defined goals, leadership, the determination to succeed, and the desire to return to their communities and help others realize their dreams. The [...] More

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • This fund was established 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 least a [...] More

IAEE 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

Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/14/2021
  • 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. Please apply for [...] 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

Les Dames d'Escoffier Colorado Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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 Deadline: 3/20/2021
  • 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: 3/1/2021
  • 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 (and a US citizen). 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. [...] More

NEWH Atlantic City/Philadelphia Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the NEWH Atlantic City/Philadelphia Scholarship, applicants must: be attending an accredited institution of higher learning in Eastern Pennsylvania or Southern New Jersey; must have completed one-half (1/2) of the requirements for a degree or certification in the program which you are currently enrolled; show financial need; have a 3.0 GPA; and, have a career objective in one [...] More

NEWH Dallas Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/29/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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. To be eligible for the NEWH Dallas Chapter Scholarship, applicants must: be actively enrolled (2-year program freshman and above, 4-year sophomore/second year and above, or
    graduate level attending [...] More

NEWH Las Vegas Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the NEWH Las Vegas Chapter Scholarship, applicants must: be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college in Nevada or Utah; have completed half the requirements for a degree or certification in the program you are currently enrolled; show financial need; have a 3.0 GPA; and, have a career objective in one of the areas of the hospitality industry (i.e., [...] More

NEWH North Carolina Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the NEWH North Carolina Scholarship, applicants: must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college in North Carolina; must have completed half the requirements for a degree or certification in the program you are currently enrolled; show financial need; have a 3.0 GPA; and, have a career objective in one of the areas of the hospitality industry (i.e., [...] More

NEWH North Central Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the the NEWH North Central Chapter Scholarship, applicants must: be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa or Wisconsin; must have completed half the requirements for a degree or certification in the program you are currently enrolled; show financial need; have a 3.0 GPA; and, have a career objective in one of [...] More

NEWH Washington DC Metro Area Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/19/2020
  • Amount: $75,000
  • NEWH Washington DC Metropolitan Chapter is awarding up to $75,000 in scholarships to students pursuing a major and career objective within the Hospitality Industry (interior design, hospitality management, culinary, architecture, etc.). Eligible applicants must show financial need, have a 3.0 GPA, and be an undergraduate or graduate student in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West [...] More

NEWH Women Leaders Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/17/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The NEWH Women Leaders Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship open to female students pursuing a career objective in the hospitality industry with an emphasis towards hospitality management. Eligible applicants must have completed half the requirements for an undergraduate degree or be enrolled in a graduate program, show financial need, and have a 3.0 GPA. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/8/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation has been honored to provide three academic scholarships each year to undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships are evaluated based on two criteria: resume and essay question. Eligible applicants are enrolled in a degree program relevant to parks and recreation at an Ohio college/university. Applicants must have at least 30 credit hours [...] More

PMI Alaska Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • 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 Ray Piper Global Project Management Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • 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. Deadline [...] More

The American Express Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • 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 Club Foundation Joe Perdue Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Club Foundation awards scholarships based on the availability of funds and merit of application. The Joe Perdue Scholarship is offered to any individual who is actively seeking a managerial career in the club industry and is currently attending an accredited, four-year college or university undergraduate program. A candidate must have completed their freshman year of college and be enrolled [...] More

The Ecolab Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • 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: 2/20/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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. Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle. Payment will be made to the student's college [...] More

WRA Education Foundation Scholarship in Culinary & Hospitality

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The WRA Education Foundation awards over $40,000 in scholarships annually based on future plans in foodservice, academic records and recommendations. Eligible applicants must be Wisconsin residents, enrolled in 6 credits, and pursing studies in fields related to the restaurant and hospitality industries, such as Culinary, Baking, Hospitality, Food Science and Family and Consumer Science [...] More

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