Over $1 million was provided to 336 hospitality program participants by the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) for the 2022-23 academic school year. This year’s diversified pool of students includes 72% females and 51% wide and varied students. The AHLA Foundation, which has six connected HBCU colleges, continues its great heritage of supporting the future of hospitality by offering financial aid to these outstanding candidates.
The percentage of two-year college students receiving scholarships has increased by 56% to 88 in the second year of its focused collaboration with ten community institutions. The remaining 248 students are enrolled in four-year hospitality programs at 71 schools representing 36 states and Washington, D.C. To date, the AHLA Foundation has given approximately $16 million to worthy students around the country.
“Now more than ever it is critical to empower the future minds of the hospitality industry. Through this generous giving, the scholarship recipients at these various institutions will build upon their skills to discover the many exciting career opportunities our industry has to offer,” said Sarah Cozewith, Vice President of Workforce Development of the AHLA Foundation. “We could not be more thrilled to help them on their journey.”
Additional scholarship programs include “The Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students; the Rama Scholarship for the American Dream Program; the American Express Scholarship Program; the Ecolab Scholarship Program; the Karl Mehlmann Scholarship; the Banks Brown Graduate Scholarship Program; the Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship Program; the Stephen P. Holmes Scholarship; the Incoming Freshman Scholarship, which awards PepsiCo Foundation and ALIS Scholarships; and the Opening Doors to Opportunity Scholarship, which awards the Minaz Abji Scholarship”.