Dreams Happen Here.

Helping to educate the next generation of hospitality professionals is the essential work of the AHLA Foundation.
Students are empowered. Careers are launched. The workforce is assured. 


“It’s exciting to realize that this is our time now and we’re not going to be the class that graduated and went straight to work. We are the class that graduated during a pandemic, during a crisis in our industry, and we are responsible for bringing it back to life.”

— Lisa Do, AHLA Foundation scholarship recipient and student, University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Our 2022 scholarship application is now open!

Questions? Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Click here.

Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship Recipients!


Apply now!

Scholarships for 2-Year Hospitality Students!

In 2020, the AHLA Foundation unveiled a new scholarship program for 2-year hospitality programs around the country. 

Find out more!
  • Meet Shante!

    American Public University, 2020 American Express Scholarship Recipient

    “By awarding me the American Express scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning.”

    Learn more about our scholarships!
  • Meet Romel!

    University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2020 Opening Doors Scholarship Recipient

    “With this amazing scholarship, the financial burden of college is lifted off my shoulders and I can focus on school and my other activities...I do hope to expand my horizons within the AHLA community to gain further insight within this amazing association and eventually give back to it.”

    Learn more about our scholarships!
  • Meet Roxana!

    University of the District of Columbia, 2020 American Express & Ecolab Scholarship Recipient

    “This scholarship award will definitely take me a step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming a professional of the Hospitality Management and Tourism Industry.”

    Learn more about our scholarships!
  • Meet Rohit!

    University of Houston, 2020 Banks Brown Graduate Scholarship Recipient

    "I am thankful to the AHLA Foundation for providing me the assistance to continue pursuing my dream through an education...Thank you for believing in me and the thousands of students whose dream is to make a positive impact on the world." 

    Learn more about our scholarships!
  • Meet Patty!

    Virginia Tech, 2020 Rama Scholarship Recipient

    "With this scholarship, I’m able to focus on my school work to end my college career on the best note possible. Receiving this scholarship is not only a nod to my parents’ hard work but also proves that they made the right decision to move us to the United States fifteen years ago."

    Learn more about our scholarships!
  • Meet Phoenix!

    Paul Smith's College, 2020 National Restaurant Association Scholarship Recipient

    "I sincerely have no words to describe how thankful I am...and to acknowledge that there are still people that are willing to provide for and help those who need it. Hospitality is my life and every single award that I am given emphasizes that I have chosen the perfect major for me."

    Learn more about our scholarships!
  • Meet Sean!

    Johnson & Wales University Charlotte, 2020 Cecil B. Day Memorial Scholarship Recipient

    “Being chosen to receive this is a huge honor to me. The hospitality industry is a huge passion of mine and means everything to me...The quicker that I can be debt free, the quicker I can work on achieving my dreams!”

    Learn more about our scholarships!

We have money for you; you have questions for us.

Please see our Scholarship FAQs page for more information on the AHLA Foundation's scholarship programs.

Our donors give generously. We thank them sincerely.

2020 Top Donors

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  • Aimbridge Hospitality
  • Ecolab
  • Host Hotels & Resorts
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  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Hyatt
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  • Robert A. Alter Family

2021 Golf Classic Sponsors

  • Qwick
  • Diversey