AHLA Foundation launches scholarship application portal

AHLA Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, launched a new platform to streamline its scholarship application process. The platform improves the user experience and includes a built-in eligibility assessment that allows students to access every Foundation-hosted opportunity for which they qualify.

The Foundation has long supported rising hospitality talent through the support of individual donors and corporations, contributing nearly $17 million to eligible students across the United States to date.

“The AHLA Foundation has been committed to supporting hospitality students for 70 years,” AHLA Foundation President Anna Blue said in a statement. “Increasing access to resources and opportunities is a critical investment in the future talent of our industry.”

The new system will let students to apply for multiple scholarship opportunities in one application. The AHLA Foundation Academic Scholarship Program includes funds provided by the AHLAF General Campaign, AHLA Foundation Hospitality 2000 Campaign, Americas Lodging Investment Summit, 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 individual contributions to AHLA Foundation's Annual Giving Fund.

This new portal lets AHLA Foundation to manage eight other scholarship opportunities as well:

  • Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students
  • Rama Scholarship for the American Dream Program
  • American Express Scholarship Program
  • Ecolab Scholarship Program
  • Karl Mehlmann Scholarship
  • Banks Brown Graduate Scholarship Program
  • Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship Program
  • Stephen P. Holmes Scholarship


The foundation also manages the Incoming Freshman Scholarship, which awards PepsiCo Foundation and ALIS Scholarships, and the Opening Doors to Opportunity Scholarship, which awards the Minaz Abji Scholarship.