WASHINGTON (September 6, 2022) – The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) awarded over $1 million to 336 hospitality program participants for the 2022-23 academic school year.

This year’s diverse pool of recipients includes 51% students of color and 72% female students ranging in age from 18 to 70. With six-affiliated HBCU schools, the AHLA Foundation continues its strong tradition of supporting the future of hospitality by providing financial assistance to these deserving scholarship recipients.

In the second year of its targeted partnership with 10 community colleges, the number of two-year college students awarded scholarships has risen by 56% to 88 recipients. The remaining 248 recipients are enrolled in four-year hospitality programs at 71 institutions representing 36 states and Washington D.C. To date, AHLA Foundation has contributed nearly $16 million to deserving students across the United States. 
“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.”
Scholarship recipients for the 2022/2023 academic year provide their own unique perspectives and talents to an industry that is eager to serve: 

The AHLA Foundation’s scholarships are funded through the generous support of individual donors and corporations. The AHLAF Academic Scholarship Program, the Foundation’s largest scholarship program, includes funds provided by the AHLAF General Campaign, AHLAF Hospitality 2000 Campaign, Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), AHLAF New Century Fund, the National Restaurant Association, John Clifford Memorial Fund, Cecil B. Day Memorial Fund, Handlery Hotels, Conrad N. Hilton Memorial Fund, Creighton Holden Memorial Fund, Hospitality Asset Managers Association, Steve Hymans Extended Stay Scholarship, Richard Kessler, J. Willard Marriott Memorial Fund, Joseph McInerney Scholarship, Curtis C. Nelson Fund and AHLAF’s Annual Giving Program.

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.