The AHLA Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, launched a new platform to streamline its scholarship application process. The platform not only improves the user experience, but it includes a built-in eligibility assessment tool that allows students to access every foundation-hosted opportunity for which they qualify.
The AHLA Foundation has long supported rising hospitality talent through the generous support of individual donors and corporations, contributing nearly $17 million to eligible students across the U.S. to date.
“The AHLA Foundation has been committed to supporting hospitality students for 70 years,” says Anna Blue, president of the AHLA Foundation. “Increasing access to resources and opportunities is a critical investment in the future talent of our industry.”
The new system will allow 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 (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 individual contributions to AHLA Foundation’s Annual Giving Fund.
This new portal allows the 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.