2020 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 310 students in 38 states, Washington, D.C and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the 2020-2021 school year! 

This year, 45 percent of the total recipients are minority students and 73 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.

The AHLA Foundation received and evaluated over 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 2020 scholarship recipients! 

AHLEF Annual Giving Campaign Fund

Ruth Abbott James Madison University
Christiana Branche James Madison University
Madeleine Courtright Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Cassidy Cowand James Madison University
Evan Donaldson Niagara University
Brooke Guillen Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Sundiata Jackson Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
Kennedy Jones Widener University-Main Campus
Mallory King Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Erin Krobath James Madison University
Cheyenne Luckhardt Widener University-Main Campus
Benjamin Marinelli Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Reagan McDonnell Widener University-Main Campus
Robert Michalofsky Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Colby Moore Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
Sarah Resanovich Drexel University
Victoria Scott Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Hannah Topliss-Robertson Johnson & Wales University-Denver
Erin Westberg Grand Valley State University
Caila Winkelman Drexel University
Nico Zambito Niagara University

AHLEF Hospitality 2000 Campaign Fund

Shannon Daly Grand Valley State University
Arianna Hassenzahl Ferris State University
Melanie Hurtado University of Central Florida
Robert Michalofsky Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Benjamin Opphile Ferris State University
Katrina Palenzuela University of Central Florida
Jerrell Parrish University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Laura Scott Grand Valley State University
Hayley Wixom Grand Valley State University

American Express Fund

Jose Betancourt University of Houston
Roxana Castillo Madero University of the District of Columbia
Shante Collins American Public University System
Phuc Dinh San Jose State University
Sayyorakhon Gafurova California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Lauren Hart The University of Alabama
Marissa House Michigan State University
Cassandre Joly Florida International University
Vinh Le Michigan State University
Andrea Lobo University of Central Florida
Robert Michalofsky Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Claire Nicosia University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Evan Nitroy Temple University
Emily Noce Northern Arizona University
Charlsee Parker Washington State University
Canisha Pope University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Aireal Smith University of West Alabama
Vinnie Sookhoo Florida International University
Mckenna Voisin Northern Arizona University

AHLA Foundation Fund

Sofia Acosta University of Hawaii at Manoa
Alyssa Adams New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Hailee Austin East Carolina University
Melody Azeka University of Hawaii at Manoa
Justin Bach Florida State University
Alexis Baron Collin County Community College District
Kira Baruch Washington State University
Elizabeth Bennici East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Mei-Ling Blackstone Robert Morris University
Shaylah Campbell Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Zachary Carlson Purdue University-Main Campus
Miranda Chandler Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Janae Christopher Virginia State University
Amanda Ciarlante East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Ayana Collins Morgan State University
Shondale Conley North Carolina Central University
Anna Dekle Collin County Community College District
Lauryn Dixon University of Central Florida
Madison Foster Northern Arizona University
Kylie Gary Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Diavian Goolsby Iowa State University
Brendan Hancock Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Minwei He University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Leanne Hoag Grand Valley State University
Nichole Johnston Collin County Community College District
Jordan Kallet University of Missouri-Columbia
Nicolas Kingsbury Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Mark Kramer Johnson & Wales University-Denver
Lindsey Kremin University of Delaware
Jada Lebell Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Allison Lee California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Andrew Leonard University of Denver
Jamie Limberopoulos University of Missouri-Columbia
Kierra Linden Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Rachael Litwiller Johnson & Wales University-Online
Kaylee Manzo The University of Alabama
Lindsey Marsh Stephen F Austin State University
Savannah McIntyre Robert Morris University
Robert Michalofsky Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Patrick Napier University of Southern Mississippi
Mary Ellen Neely Texas Tech University
Chloe Oostmeyer Collin County Community College District
Madeline Pabst The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Vaidehi Patel California State University-Long Beach
Kyra Pazant Virginia State University
Jessica Perry Mercyhurst University
Andrew Pitari Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Canisha Pope University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Ella Reid Northern Arizona University
Sarah Resanovich Drexel University
Julia Rickard East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Daniel Roche University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Jasmine Schowalter Northern Arizona University
Victoria Scott Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Amanda Sengdara Rochester Institute of Technology
Peyton Smith The University of Alabama
Aireal Smith University of West Alabama
Sage Suchta Collin County Community College District
Maria Sudderth Collin County Community College District
Kathleen Troxell Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Hannah Vanden Heuvel University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Catherine Weems Stephen F Austin State University
Kelly Whitlock The University of Alabama

Americas Lodging Investment Summit Fund

Melody Azeka University of Hawaii at Manoa
Huilin Bao Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Elsa Barber Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
Riley Bell Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Patricia Bishop Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
Mei-Ling Blackstone Robert Morris University
Adenicka Blake North Carolina Central University
Lauren Bowe Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
Melissa Callahan East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Nicole Carnevale Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Nadia Dante Niagara University
Collin Davis Mercyhurst University
Reed Fundter Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Mason Garcia University of Denver
Matthew Gerrity University of South Carolina-Columbia
Oscar Grijalva Mancillas Iowa State University
Anna Gruvberger Cornell University
Allyson Hanna The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Karen Jin Boston University
Kennedy Jones Widener University-Main Campus
Kayla Kellaway Stephen F Austin State University
Jennifer Kyler The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Parker Lenski Culinary Institute of America
Jamie Limberopoulos University of Missouri-Columbia
Anna MacFarland Temple University
Kendall McKenzie University of Hawaii at Manoa
Sarah Milne Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Andrew Nettels Northern Arizona University
Katelynn Oh University of Central Florida
Kyra Pazant Virginia State University
Jessica Perry Mercyhurst University
Grace Pittinger Collin County Community College District
Tyler Prado New York University
Emily Praul Temple University
Sandra Ramos Stephen F Austin State University
Karla Ricardo Florida Atlantic University
Gillian Scannell University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Catherine Schmidt San Diego State University
Peyton Smith The University of Alabama
Cortney Spruill Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Jocelyn Ueng Culinary Institute of America
Sarah Warner Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship

Michelle Bodyl Culinary Institute of America
Rosine Garcia University of San Francisco
Jeromy Marcano-Gonzalez Georgia State University

Banks Brown Graduate Scholarship

Thomas Camino Florida International University
Meaghan Carfrey San Diego State University
Silvio Ceschini Iowa State University
Carrie Digman Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Scott Flinn University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Rohit Radhakrishnan University of Houston
Mehmet Sanli LIU Post
Brittney Scott Florida International University
Jessica Smith San Diego State University
Jacquelyn Snyman Arizona State University-Skysong
Samantha Todorovich Temple University
Luis Valdivia Florida International University

Cecil B. Day Memorial Fund

Michael Alexander Georgia State University
Hailee Austin East Carolina University
Beighley Berger Boston University
Brittany Clinedinst Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Gina Colon The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Diana Cook New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Sheanejah Crabbe Bethune-Cookman University
Emily Fish Florida State University
Alyssamae Gadsden The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Megan Gorman New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Kristin Gray Purdue University-Main Campus
Hannah Holden Georgia State University
Karen Jin Boston University
Kira Mentecki Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Luis Mercado California State University-Long Beach
Emily Mize California State University-Long Beach
Megan Mulvihill East Carolina University
Sean Murphy Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Renata Navarro Florida State University
Nathaniel Pennington Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Joshua Riley Georgia State University
Kaitlin Sulek East Carolina University
Preston Weis Purdue University-Main Campus
Thalia Wildhorn Boston University

Conrad N. Hilton Memorial Fund

Keia Alexander Morgan State University
Jennifer Bell Florida International University
Alyssa Brinkmann Missouri State University-Springfield
Jack Burke University of Houston
Samantha Carone Washington State University
Christine Craig Florida International University
Sydney Finch Washington State University
Sophie Fleming University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Darian Fluker University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Adriean Gabriel Morgan State University
Blair Goldstein University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Anh Holmes Washington State University
Terri-Anne Ivey University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Caison Kitch Texas Tech University
Emily Kuykendall Texas Tech University
Shaneeka Moonesar University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Payton Moore Missouri State University-Springfield
Makenna Price Washington State University
Tristan Reily-Orth University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Olivia Schumacher University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Emma Spring Washington State University
Jennifer Warren Washington State University

Creighton Holden Memorial Fund

Brendan Connolly Michigan State University

Curtis C. Nelson Fund

Abirami Dandapani Cornell University
Qi Dong Cornell University
Kyra Roach Cornell University

Ecolab Fund

Jose Betancourt University of Houston
Roxana Castillo Madero University of the District of Columbia
Martina Di Napoli California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Allison Lee California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Andrew Leonard University of Denver
Moises Lobaton University of Central Florida
Robert Michalofsky Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Evan Nitroy Temple University
Jerrell Parrish University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Canisha Pope University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Aireal Smith University of West Alabama
Mckenna Voisin Northern Arizona University
Quinn Wuerfel Northwood University-Michigan

Handlery Hotels Fund

Isabelle Birebent San Diego State University
Cassidy Campbell San Diego State University
Shirley Chan University of San Francisco
Lexi Effron San Diego State University
Jacob Fry California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Rosine Garcia University of San Francisco
Kaylie Gutierrez San Diego State University
Danielle Haley San Diego State University
Estine Kim California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Allison Lee California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Nicole Loseff San Diego State University
Lily Manavi University of San Francisco
Leilani Mills San Diego State University
Janelle Rae Salem California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Dylan Tsai California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Hospitality Asset Managers Association Fund

Cora Cabezas Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

Brandon Anderson University of Houston
Maria Avitia San Diego State University
Jose Betancourt University of Houston
Benjamin Cabrera San Diego State University
Marina Canova University of Central Florida
Christine Charles Florida International University
Yena Choi University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Phuc Dinh San Jose State University
Karen Jin Boston University
Chelsea Lawson University of Houston
Tatym Lillquist Metropolitan State University of Denver
Andrea Lobo University of Central Florida
Diego Mares California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Canisha Pope University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Natasha Popoter Florida International University
Taina Rodriguez Florida International University
Robert Soto Florida International University
Maria Yim University of Central Florida

J. Willard Marriott Memorial Fund

Joseph Caggiano Rochester Institute of Technology
Ndidiamaka Chimah Rochester Institute of Technology
Jessica Gittleman University of Delaware
Allison Harkavy University of Delaware
Sofia Luca Culinary Institute of America
Tayler Motes University of Southern Mississippi
Patrick Napier University of Southern Mississippi
Amanda Sengdara Rochester Institute of Technology

John Clifford Memorial Fund

Karla Ricardo Florida Atlantic University

Joseph McInerney Fund

Shalinee Abraham DePaul University
Maria Christy Villez DePaul University

Karl Mehlmann Scholarship Fund

Colin Hoatson University of Denver
Andrew Leonard University of Denver
Luke Marran University of Denver
Trevor  Rumsey University of Denver

Melinda Bush Mentors Fund

Eve Anderson University of Denver
Grace Dant University of Denver

Minaz Abji Scholarship

Phuc Dinh San Jose State University

National Restaurant Association Fund

Michelle Bodyl Culinary Institute of America
Matthew Carter Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
Kyle Davey University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Rebecca Doman University of Central Florida
Alyssamae Gadsden The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Amy Hanley University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Mark Kramer Johnson & Wales University-Denver
Dustin LeRoux Johnson Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
America Mason Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Nathaniel Pennington Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Phoenix Suero Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science

New Century Fund

Jada Anthony North Carolina Central University
Madison Berlam Johnson & Wales University-Online
Patricia Bishop Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
Gabrielle Christian University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Julia Esposito Culinary Institute of America
Lachuna Fedrick Bethune-Cookman University
Trevor Good The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Tiana Irvine University of Hawaii Maui College
Amanda Jaffe The University of Alabama
Alexis Keylon Northern Arizona University
Annie Lancaster Missouri State University-Springfield
Andrew Leonard University of Denver
Moises Lobaton University of Central Florida
America Mason Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Lucy Piscitelli Niagara University
Jordan Pittman The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Thomas Porrazzo San Diego State University
Tasheed Winston North Carolina Central University

Opening Doors to Opportunity Fund

Christine Craig Florida International University
Romel Gaspar University of Hawaii at Manoa
Dorian Gold-Diamond Boston University
Melvin Nguyen New York University
Evan Nitroy Temple University
Morgan Riffel Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Elena Sanchez University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Mckenna Voisin Northern Arizona University

PepsiCo Foundation Scholarship

Emily Loomis Florida State University
Jazmyn Mackie University of New Orleans
Drew Minnis Missouri State University-Springfield
Olivia Tavas University of Central Florida
Quanifah Williams The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

Rama Scholarship for the American Dream

Renee Bawcom University of South Carolina-Columbia
Hope Boryschuk Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Rachel Colbus New York University
Lisa Do University of Central Florida
Musa Farhan University of South Carolina-Columbia
Lachuna Fedrick Bethune-Cookman University
Alexi Gaboriault Georgia State University
Michael Goldwasser University of Central Florida
David Griffin Greenville Technical College
Nakesha Hatter Bethune-Cookman University
Olivia Isidro California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Daya Jessee Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Chloe Kubrin Cornell University
Maya Kwok New York University
Osnat Leht Trident Technical College
Jeromy Marcano-Gonzalez Georgia State University
Vivek Patel Georgia State University
Neel Patel University of South Carolina-Columbia
Mary Pirkle Greenville Technical College
Iuliana Popa University of Houston
Chirag Raman University of Houston
Marissa Robledo California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Taina Rodriguez Florida International University
Arianna Santiago Florida International University
Alexa Torres Cornell University
Sabrina Urban New York University
Patticha Vitsupakorn Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Tysin Wilkins Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Maria Yim University of Central Florida
Asht Zaveri Florida International University

Richard Kessler Fund

Madison Hollifield University of Central Florida

Stephen P. Holmes Scholarship Fund

Celeste Rose Grand Canyon University

Steve Hymans Extended Stay Fund

Nadia Cismesia Michigan State University
Zoe Frantzeskakis Michigan State University
Christina Heydenburg Michigan State University
Courtney Miars Michigan State University

View our past AHLA Foundation scholarship recipients: 2019 recipients2018 recipients2017 recipients