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American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation Awards Scholarships
to 209 Hospitality Students Totaling $297,000


Washington, September 16, 2011 — The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), awarded 209 scholarships, totaling $297,000, through three of its core programs – the Annual Scholarship Grant, Incoming Freshman Scholarship, and Graduate Scholarship programs.

The Annual Scholarship Grant Program, the Foundation’s biggest program, is co-administered with 85 universities and colleges.  In 2011, 194 students, nominated by AH&LEF-affiliated schools, received $244,000 in funds.  The program is funded from proceeds of the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS); the Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign; previous AH&LEF capital campaigns, as well as annual special events, including the Big Apple Auction, Golf Classic, and Hospitality Heritage Dinner Tribute, as well as the following scholarship funds:
  • AH&LA Allied Members
  • Steve Belmonte
  • Melinda Bush
  • Carlson Family Foundation
  • John Clifford Memorial
  • Cecil B. Day Memorial
  • Handlery Foundation
  • Conrad N. Hilton Memorial
  • Creighton Holden Memorial
  • Steve Hymans Memorial
  • Richard Kelley
  • Richard Kessler
  • J. Willard Marriott Memorial
  • Curtis C. Nelson
This is the fourth year for two new AH&LEF scholarships – incoming hospitality management freshmen and graduate students.  Seven incoming freshmen received scholarships totaling $13,000, and eight graduate students received $5,000 scholarships.  Funding for the freshman scholarships is provided by monies set aside from AH&LEF’s last major capital fundraising initiative, the New Century Campaign, and the graduate program is funded from a portion of the ALIS proceeds. 
In total, AH&LEF awarded almost $400,000 to 265 hospitality management students through its 10 academic scholarship programs this year. 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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