The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), has awarded 209 scholarships, totaling $297,000, through three of its core programs—the Annual Scholarship Grant, Incoming Freshman Scholarship, and Graduate Scholarship programs.
The Annual Scholarship Grant Program, the Foundation’s biggest program, is co-administered with 85 universities and colleges. In 2011, 194 students, nominated by AH&LEF-affiliated schools, received $244,000 in funds. The program is funded from proceeds of the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS); the Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign; previous AH&LEF capital campaigns, as well as annual special events, including the Big Apple Auction, Golf Classic, and Hospitality Heritage Dinner Tribute; and the following scholarship funds:
-AH&LA Allied Members
-Carlson Family Foundation
-John Clifford Memorial
-Cecil B. Day Memorial
-Conrad N. Hilton Memorial
-Creighton Holden Memorial
-Steve Hymans Memorial
-J. Willard Marriott Memorial
-Curtis C. Nelson
This is the fourth year for two new AH&LEF scholarships—incoming hospitality management freshmen and graduate students. Seven incoming freshmen received scholarships totaling $13,000, and eight graduate students received $5,000 scholarships. Money set aside from AH&LEF’s last major capital fundraising initiative, the New Century Campaign, provides funding for the freshmen scholarships, and the graduate program is funded from a portion of the ALIS proceeds.
In total, AH&LEF awarded almost $400,000 to 265 hospitality management students through its 10 academic scholarship programs this year.
For more information about AH&LEF scholarships and other programs, contact Christa Boatman, manager of foundation programs, at (202) 289-3139 or email@example.com or visit www.ahlef.org.