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American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation Awards Three Students
Scholarships Via its Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship Program, the
Foundation’s Most Prominent and Oldest Scholarship Award


Washington, August 22, 2011 — The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, awarded three scholarships via its Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship Program, the Foundation’s most prominent and oldest scholarship award.

The program, which began in 1974 to honor third-generation hotelier Packard’s numerous accomplishments in the lodging industry, awards three students at AH&LEF-affiliated four-year educational institutions a total of $10,000.  Winning first-place and a $5,000 scholarship is Mathew Evans, a senior at Missouri State University.  Leslie Duran, a senior at Boston University, collected a $3,000 scholarship as second-place winner, and third-place winner Madison Sites, a junior at the University of Memphis, received a $2,000 scholarship.  In addition, the recipients receive commemorative plaques.

Each school nominates their top students to compete.  Recipients are selected based on a combination of hospitality work experience, academic performance, activities, and financial need.  In 2011, AH&LEF will award 265 scholarships to hospitality management students totaling almost $400,000.

“This year’s competition was a tough one as many qualified students were nominated,” said Joori Jeon, CPA, CAE, AH&LEF president/COO.  “In particular, first-place winner Matt Evans displayed exemplary work and academic experience, including several industry internships, two study-abroad programs – one in France and another in China, outstanding academic performance, and leadership positions in the student government and professional organizations.”

For more information about AH&LEF scholarships and other programs, contact Christa Boatman, manager of foundation programs, at (202) 289-3139 or cboatman@ahlef.org or visit www.ahlef.org.

AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is the premier organization for scholarships, professional certification, and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research. For more information, visit www.ahlef.org.

Serving the hospitality industry for a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.
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Contact: 

Kathryn Potter
kpotter@ahla.com
 


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