Professional Development Scholarships

In order to apply for the Professional Development Scholarship, please follow these steps:

(1) Go the application platform and create an account
(2) Upon logging in, search for “AHLA Foundation Professional Development Scholarship”
(3) Complete the application and hit submit
(4) Create an account on AHLEI’s website by clicking “Login/Create Account”
(5) Wait until you receive an email indicating whether your application has been approved
(6) If yes, go to AHLEI’s website and scroll to “Applications”
(7) Submit an application to take the course/exam itself

Application Process

Applicants must complete the online scholarship application. All applications will be evaluated according to industry-related work experience; professional, community, and extracurricular activities; and personal attributes, including career goals as expressed in a required essay. Scholarships are awarded on a monthly basis. Applicants will be notified within 30 days after application is received.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current hotel employee working a minimum of 35 hours per week at an AHLA member hotel.
  • At least 12 months of hotel employment experience.

Some certifications have minimum  qualifications that must be met.  The certification process is administered through the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).  Visit AHLEI’s website for a complete list of certifications and to review the qualifications for each.

Scholarship Awards

Scholarships cover the cost of the certification study guide (if applicable), examination fee, and certification fee. AHLA Foundation will reimburse AHLEI directly for the costs of all professional development scholarships.

Helping Our Own Go Further

Retaining and advancing top talent is crucial to help the hotel and lodging workforce flourish. Professional certifications are the ultimate distinction of excellence in the hospitality industry.   

Certifications are offered for 20+ positions in the hospitality industry, including the prestigious CHA®-Certified Hotel Administrator. Scholarships cover the cost of the certification study guide (if applicable), examination fee, and certification fee.

  • My lifelong dream of becoming a Certified Hospitality Professional is moving forward, thanks to the generous educational scholarships like yours.  Since being named one of the recipients of the AHLA Scholarship, my dream is becoming a reality. The scholarship gives me an opportunity to earn skills that will serve the in my hospitality community following certification. Your scholarship will help me earn professional credentials, which requires special training and coursework.  My passion for hospitality is matched only by my love for people and travel, so my decision to specialize and develop my professional skills comes from the heart. Thank you again for supporting me towards reaching my fullest personal and professional potential.
    Elena Kitterman