2021 AHLA Foundation Academic Scholarship Recipients

The AHLA Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), awarded $1 million in scholarships to 376 students in 38 states and Washington, D.C for the 2021-2022 school year! 

This year, 55 percent of the total recipients are minority students and 76 percent are female.

Each year, the Foundation administers nine scholarship programs, which award scholarships valued up to $7,500, for students enrolled in hospitality-related bachelor or graduate degree programs at colleges and universities across the US.

This year, AHLAF launched a partnership with 10 community colleges to expand its reach to hospitality associate's degree programs.

The AHLA Foundation received and evaluated nearly 1,000 applications based on academics, financial need, relevant work experience, extracurricular activities, personal attributes and a passion to pursue a career in the hotel and lodging industry. Since its founding, the Foundation has distributed more than $16 million in scholarship funds to promising hospitality management students across the nation.

Congratulations to all our 2021 scholarship recipients! 

 

AHLAF Annual Giving Campaign Fund

Bryan Castaneda Widener University-Main Campus
Grace Claffey Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Shannon Daly Grand Valley State University
Samantha DeVito Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Liza Fox James Madison University
Kylie Freeburger James Madison University
Brendan Hancock Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Dustin Johnson Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
Sophie Kim Drexel University
Erin Krobath James Madison University
Mckenzee Lazore Niagara University
Jada Lebell Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Cheyenne Luckhardt Widener University-Main Campus
Sophia Poirier Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
Sydney Robertson James Madison University
Grace Schuler Drexel University
Jillian Wojtkowski Niagara University
Emma Wood Oklahoma State University-Main Campus


AHLAF Hospitality 2000 Campaign Fund

Kaya Dahlquist Grand Valley State University
Shannon Daly Grand Valley State University
David Reed Ferris State University
Amanda Roberts University of Central Florida
Elizabeth Rutkovsky University of Central Florida
Jacob Simone Ferris State University

 

American Express Fund

Christian Alexander University of Houston
Hannah Brenkacs Niagara University
Benjamin Cabrera San Diego State University
Sheanejah Crabbe Bethune-Cookman University
Raven Haney University of Nevada-Las Vegas
John Jones Culinary Institute of America
Alexis Keylon Northern Arizona University
Se Won Erica Lee Georgia State University
America Mason Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Ximena Medina Villarreal University of Houston
Charlsee Parker Washington State University
Lily Payne Michigan State University
Canisha Pope University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Aireal Smith University of West Alabama
Linh Tran University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Mckenna Voisin Northern Arizona University
Chandler Williamson North Carolina Central University

 

AHLA Foundation Fund

Four Year

Hailee Austin East Carolina University
Mireille Baxter University of Denver
Elizabeth Bennici East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Annamarie Benson The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Julie Blankenship Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Faith Burke Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Jacqueline Callejo University of Hawaii at Manoa
Christopher Chellew University of Delaware
Amanda Ciarlante East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Lauren Cybul Rochester Institute of Technology
Dylan Donnelly North Carolina Central University
Taylor Donovan University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Natalee Dunn Stephen F Austin State University
Kaira Fuller University of Hawaii at Manoa
Oscar Grijalva Mancillas Iowa State University
Solon Hamer Texas Tech University
Kaitlyn Heintz Florida State University
Michaela Hernandez California State University-Long Beach
Hannah Hinds University of Denver
Patrick Hoyack Northern Arizona University
Taylor Irmeger Purdue University-Main Campus
Alexis Keylon Northern Arizona University
Sophie Kim Drexel University
Danette Kirby Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Jamie Limberopoulos University of Missouri-Columbia
Kierra Linden Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Lindsey Marsh Stephen F Austin State University
Brianna O'Donnell The University of Alabama
Evan Pedneault Johnson & Wales University-Providence
John Perez Virginia State University
Kailey Pisani Mercyhurst University
Morgan Riffel Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Daniel Roche University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Lily Rohlfing University of Missouri-Columbia
Gabrielle Rosser Virginia State University
Michelle Santry Robert Morris University
Helen Shaw The University of Alabama
Dylan Silvey University of Missouri-Columbia
Chantel Singleton East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Evan Stanfield New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Megan Strader The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Kelly Sun Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Emily Toranto University of Southern Mississippi
Kyram Vann Northern Arizona University
Jennifer Warren Washington State University
Kelly Whitlock The University of Alabama
Simon Zinevich Morgan State University

Two Year

Levi Irwin Arkansas Pulaski Tech
Savannah Jones Arkansas Pulaski Tech
Cleadester Beard Arkansas Pulaski Tech
Suzanne Coburn Arkansas Pulaski Tech
Gail Anderson Arkansas Pulaski Tech
Sydney Larson Asheville-Buncombe Tech
Rebecca Dela Vega Asheville-Buncombe Tech
Erica Young Asheville-Buncombe Tech
Caleb McKee Asheville-Buncombe Tech
Margaret Crockett Asheville-Buncombe Tech
Roayah Kalantan City College of San Francisco
Aina Anglada Lopez City College of San Francisco
Gizem Gur City College of San Francisco
Neida Montoya Perez City College of San Francisco
Thanh Ton City College of San Francisco
Kaleb  Simmons Collin College
Christina Reynolds Collin College
Odalis Saldana Collin College
Shari Pietsch Eberhard Collin College
Arlene Espinosa Collin College
Olivia Williams Frederick Community College
Kailah Caliskan Frederick Community College
Tineke Younger Frederick Community College
David Evans Frederick Community College
Charlene Turner Frederick Community College
Destiny  Simmons Greenville Tech
Devin Modrinsky Greenville Tech
Ijja Brock Greenville Tech
Rochelle Rice Greenville Tech
Lacy Polichio Greenville Tech
April McGriff Kirkwood Community College
Joseph Flyr Kirkwood Community College
Maybelle Smith Kirkwood Community College
Lauren Kalm Kirkwood Community College
Beth Randolph Kirkwood Community College
Rhiannon Harke Pima Community College
Eden Eaton Pima Community College
Michelle Cabrera Pima Community College
Amber Reed Pima Community College
Sammy Gonzalez Pima Community College
Marselina Lopez UDC
Lesley Paz UDC
Tylexes Cabos UDC
Fritza Camille UDC
Shelley Rhodes UDC
Luisana Isabel Mavarez Chirinos Valencia College
Marisol Amaya Valencia College
Kensley Crawford Valencia College
Jolene Runyon Valencia College
Cortnie Davis Valencia College


Americas Lodging Investment Summit Fund

Sofia Acosta University of Hawaii at Manoa
Parris Adams Northern Arizona University
Rachel Balts Purdue University-Main Campus
Samantha Bentley University of South Carolina-Columbia
Meagan Butler Nichols College
Natalie Ceballos Florida Atlantic University
Mara Davis Northern Arizona University
Ian Fajl Culinary Institute of America
Audrey Hatcher Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Roxanne Hoquee University of South Florida-Main Campus
Kayla Jenkins Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Maggie Kaysak Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Rosa Kim Boston University
Oliviana Kramer Iowa State University
Amy Krueger University of Central Florida
Daniella Lemerand Ferris State University
Cheyenne Luckhardt Widener University-Main Campus
Danielle Maiden University of Florida
Ava McKinney University of Missouri-Columbia
Molly Mildenberger Metropolitan State University of Denver
Fryda Molina Canto Kansas State University
Jordan Montoya Culinary Institute of America
Brianna O'Donnell The University of Alabama
Brielle Ohana Cornell University
Kailey Pisani Mercyhurst University
Andrew Pitari Northwestern State University of Louisiana
David Ressman Niagara University
Gabrielle Rosser Virginia State University
Hannah Rubinstein University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Michelle Santry Robert Morris University
Dylan Silvey University of Missouri-Columbia
Hanna Stickley Culinary Institute of America
Sean Wallace National Louis University
Sarah Warner Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Allison Weaver New York University
Catherine Weems Stephen F Austin State University
Brooke Wilson Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
Victoria Wooten Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Carly Zumar East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

 

 

Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship

 

Rachel Exelbirt Florida International University
America Mason Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Carly Zumar East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

 

Banks Brown Graduate Scholarship

Jeremiah Cribley New York University
Joe Fuentes Florida International University
Erick Harrell DePaul University
Lauren Hart The University of Alabama
Alan Martin Culinary Institute of America
Helder Serrazina University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Robert Soto Florida International University
John Stanfield The University of Alabama
Sherrie Tennessee University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Diana Vargas Barragan Missouri State University-Springfield

 

Cecil B. Day Memorial Fund

Jason Alberto California State University-Long Beach
Hailee Austin East Carolina University
Jessica Benson East Carolina University
Diana Cook New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Emilee Cutler Boston University
Nara Dykes Georgia State University
Jocelyn Fullman California State University-Long Beach
Jabreya Gilbert Bethune-Cookman University
Tara Hajari Florida State University
Paloma Hernandez New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Samantha Huston Purdue University-Main Campus
Taylor Irmeger Purdue University-Main Campus
Rosa Kim Boston University
Nicole Mayakis East Carolina University
Jessica Meadows Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Renata Navarro Florida State University
Grace Prestidge Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Brennan Quinn Georgia State University
Candice Trolli The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Kendalyn Vanderbeck Purdue University-Main Campus
Theresa Winkelman Georgia State University

 

Conrad N. Hilton Memorial Fund

Andrew Aleman Texas Tech University
Christian Alexander University of Houston
German Amigon, Jr University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Ashley Cunningham Missouri State University-Springfield
Christopher Drake Texas Tech University
Delmy Fuentes University of Houston
Adriean Gabriel Morgan State University
Sha-meriah Gregory University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Yashoda Gurung University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Raven Haney University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Tishanna Long-Rivera Morgan State University
Beatriz Martinez University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Drew Minnis Missouri State University-Springfield
Makenna Price Washington State University
Brianna Robinson Morgan State University
Alexa Rodriguez Florida International University
Joanne Song University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Jennifer Tabares Florida International University
Hattie Taylor Missouri State University-Springfield
Ishmael Telemaco University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 

Creighton Holden Memorial Fund

Nadia Cismesia Michigan State University

 

Curtis C. Nelson Fund

Steven Dong Cornell University
Jonathan Le Cornell University
Paul Lee Cornell University
Vikas Reddy Cornell University
Simon Warfield Cornell University
Daisy Zhang Cornell University

 

Ecolab Fund

Jeffrey Bernstein University of Denver
Giselle Garcia Drexel University
John Jones Culinary Institute of America
Jennifer Kyler The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Moises Lobaton University of Central Florida
America Mason Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Charlsee Parker Washington State University
Jerrell Parrish University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Myah Phillips Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Daniel Roche University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Elena Sanchez University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Aireal Smith University of West Alabama
Mckenna Voisin Northern Arizona University

 

Handlery Hotels Fund

Shanelle Ancheta University of San Francisco
Shirley Chan University of San Francisco
Mei Jin Chen California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Devon Clifton California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Jocelyn DeBacker California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Robert Fayette California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Brooke Geoffroy San Diego State University
Lauren Graff San Diego State University
Sophia Harris University of San Francisco
Nicole Lee University of San Francisco
Keana Nelson San Diego State University
Charlotte Randle San Diego State University
Janelle Rae Salem California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Catherine Schmidt San Diego State University
Michelle Shintaku California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Evan Smith San Diego State University

 

Hospitality Asset Managers Association Fund

Madeline Ballard Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

 

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

Christian Alexander University of Houston
Benjamin Cabrera San Diego State University
Tifanny Amber Cayading University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Yena Choi University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Ho Hin Chung University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Sheanejah Crabbe Bethune-Cookman University
Giselle Garcia Drexel University
Raven Haney University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Paloma Hernandez New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Sydney Hetherington University of Houston
Alexis Jeanjaquet University of Houston
Lauren Lloyd DePaul University
Darwin Ochoa University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Katherin Patino San Diego State University
Lily Payne Michigan State University
Caroline Saldivar San Diego State University
Kimberly Shen University of Houston
Chandler Williamson North Carolina Central University

 

J. Willard Marriott Memorial Fund

Tyler Bardfeld University of Delaware
Ndidiamaka Chimah Rochester Institute of Technology
Vanessa Contreras Culinary Institute of America
Mackenzie Craft University of Delaware
Lauren Cybul Rochester Institute of Technology
Charlize Deluca University of Delaware
Gretchen McDermid University of Southern Mississippi
Emily Toranto University of Southern Mississippi

 

John Clifford Memorial Fund

Kaley Shriver Florida Atlantic University

 

Joseph McInerney Fund

Clemente Aragon DePaul University
Alondra Garcia DePaul University
Gigi Liang DePaul University

 

Karl Mehlmann Scholarship Fund

Jeffrey Bernstein University of Denver

 

Minaz Abji Scholarship Fund

Giselle Garcia Drexel University

 

National Restaurant Association Fund

Claire Anderson University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Cassondra Arcuri Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
Gabriella Belanger The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Widnie Dorilas Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
Adrian Flores Jr Culinary Institute of America
Alissa Hutchins Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Rachel LeVine University of Central Florida
America Mason Johnson & Wales University-Providence
JaNae Richie University of Nevada-Las Vegas

 

New Century Fund

Ashley Cunningham Missouri State University-Springfield
Joshua Ford The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Christina Garofalo San Diego State University
Jenna Gibbons University of Central Florida
Emily Hahn The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Hannah Haught University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Alyssa Joe University of Nevada-Las Vegas
John Jones Culinary Institute of America
Robert Kate Grand Valley State University
Jamila Moore Culinary Institute of America
Tran Nguyen North Carolina Central University
Chandler Williamson North Carolina Central University

 

Opening Doors to Opportunity Fund

Samuel Baccoli University of Central Florida
Shirley Chan University of San Francisco
Sheanejah Crabbe Bethune-Cookman University
Darian Fluker University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Giselle Garcia Drexel University
Brendan Hancock Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Chloe Kubrin Cornell University
Andrea Lobo University of Central Florida
Jeromy Marcano-Gonzalez Georgia State University
America Mason Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Evan Nitroy Temple University
Charlsee Parker Washington State University
Lucy Piscitelli Niagara University
Tia Polite University of Denver
Morgan Riffel Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Daniel Roche University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Jocelyn Ueng Culinary Institute of America
Mckenna Voisin Northern Arizona University
Sarah Warner Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

 

PepsiCo Foundation Scholarship

Joshua Jackson New Mexico State University-Main Campus
John Jones Culinary Institute of America
April McGriff Kirkwood Community College
Shelley Rhodes University of the District of Columbia
Da Yea Sue Culinary Institute of America

 

Rama Scholarship for the American Dream

Sheanejah Crabbe Bethune-Cookman University
Mariah Damon Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Qi (Steven) Dong Cornell University
Kevin Giraldo Florida International University
Michael Goldwasser University of Central Florida
Roger Hoang University of Houston
Jailyn Johnson Georgia State University
Jonathan Le Cornell University
Victoria Lopez Florida International University
Alice Lu Georgia State University
Albert Marroquin Florida International University
DiGray Olcima University of Central Florida
Arianna Olivas New York University
Joseph Pagliazzo New York University
Katherine Pepitone New York University
Sydney Pickett University of South Carolina-Columbia
Diego Preciado California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Denise Ramirez California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Vikas Reddy Cornell University
Zoiee Reid Georgia State University
Patricia Rodriguez University of Central Florida
Alexia Rodríguez Florida International University
Gyeong Mee Ryou Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Kimberly Shen University of Houston
Abulfazl Turabi Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Simon Warfield Cornell University
Tysin Wilkins Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Victoria Wooten Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Daniel Yacoubian California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

 

Richard Kessler Fund

Emily Kushner University of Central Florida


Stephen P. Holmes Scholarship Fund

Brendan Hancock Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Sarah Warner Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

 

Steve Hymans Extended Stay Fund

Nadia Cismesia Michigan State University

View our past AHLA Foundation scholarship recipients: 2020 recipients2019 recipients2018 recipients2017 recipients