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2019 scholarship recipients

Helping to educate the next generation of hospitality professionals is the essential work of AHLA Foundation, and the most tangible, valuable benefit of the contributions our members make to the Foundation. 
Students are empowered. Careers are launched. The workforce is assured. 


"By awarding me your scholarship, you are lightening much of the financial pressure I feel as a working student. I will certainly continue to work hard and will take full advantage of the time this scholarship will award me, which is the most valuable to me. Thank you again for the time to focus on my learning process. I hope to one day also be able to give back to students like myself."

-Audrey Nieves, 2019 AHLA Foundation Scholar

Congratulations to our 2020 Scholarship Recipients!


Our 2021 scholarship application opens on November 1, 2020!


Apply here!
  • 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.”

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  • 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.”

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  • 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." 

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  • 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."

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  • 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."

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  • 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!”

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

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


Our scholarships do make a difference! Take a look at some of our scholarship recipients' testimonials.

Our donors give generously. We thank them sincerely.

2019 Top Donors

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COVID Relief Fund Donors

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