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American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation Awards $39,000 in
Scholarships to 24 Hospitality Students and Industry Professionals

Funded by American Express, Ecolab and PepsiCo

Washington, September 6, 2011 — The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), administers three scholarships on behalf of American Express, Ecolab, and PepsiCo.  These scholarship programs, totaling $39,000, contribute to AH&LEF’s total of almost $400,000 in academic scholarships awarded annually.

Click on each scholarship’s name to view 2011 winners:
  • The American Express Scholarship Program awarded 6 scholarships totaling $10,000.  Founded in 1994 by American Express, it is designed specifically for current hotel employees and their dependants. The fund has awarded more than $286,000 in scholarships to 252 students and hotel employees.  The program also offers professional development scholarships for distance learning and certification offered through the Educational Institute (EI).
  • The Ecolab Scholarship Program awarded $22,000 in funds to 12 full-time undergraduate students.  Established by Ecolab in 1997, the program has awarded more than $304,000 to 211 hospitality management students and hotel professionals.  The program also supports scholarships for professional certification offered through EI.
  • The Pepsi Scholarship awarded six alumni of the Hospitality High School in Washington D.C., a total of $7,000 to continue their hospitality management studies in college.  The PepsiCo Foundation established this fund with a $250,000 gift to provide perpetual scholarships to the school’s graduates.
Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, hospitality work experience, financial need, and other requirements based on specific criteria of the scholarship.  Last year, AH&LEF distributed almost $800,000 to prepare promising college students for a career in hospitality, attract and retain quality industry professionals, and fund valuable research for lodging properties.

“These scholarships ensure that the lodging industry has the talent to fuel its future growth with a strong pipeline of future employees,” said Joori Jeon, CPA, CAE, AH&LEF president/COO.  “Funded solely by contributions from the hospitality sector, the Foundation’s mission for preparing hospitality future leaders would not be possible without the financial support of these great industry partners.”

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

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

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.

Kathryn Potter

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