AHLA Foundation

AHLA Foundation The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLAF) is the not-for-profit, charitable-giving, and fund raising affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
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The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) supports hospitality management students through 9 scholarship programs. If you're a hospitality management major – then you’re probably eligible to apply for one of our scholarships. More than $853,500 is available to award a few hundred students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $6,000. How are AHLEF scholarships evaluated? Applications are judged on a combination of hospitality work experience, academics, financial need, extracurricular/professional activities, as well as personal attributes. Why get a loan when you can get a scholarship? Not only do we help pay for your school – we help build your career. Our scholars alumni association helps you network, advance, and gain visibility in the industry. Additionally, awardees receive a free membership to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, planting you at the center of the industry with access to all the news, information, and events It keeps you in the know and in touch with the individuals who make the hiring decisions.

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) supports hospitality management students through 9 scholarship programs. If you're a hospitality management major – then you’re probably eligible to apply for one of our scholarships. More than $853,500 is available to award a few hundred students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $6,000. How are AHLEF scholarships evaluated? Applications are judged on a combination of hospitality work experience, academics, financial need, extracurricular/professional activities, as well as personal attributes. Why get a loan when you can get a scholarship? Not only do we help pay for your school – we help build your career. Our scholars alumni association helps you network, advance, and gain visibility in the industry. Additionally, awardees receive a free membership to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, planting you at the center of the industry with access to all the news, information, and events It keeps you in the know and in touch with the individuals who make the hiring decisions.

Mission: The Foundation's mission is to help people build careers that improve their lives, and strengthen the lodging industry. We achieve this through: Scholarships - Since its inception, AH&LEF has invested almost $10 million in scholarships, both for students and professionals seeking to advance their skills. Funding Essential Research - Our research addresses critical industry issues such as training hotel employees to recognize and react to child trafficking, ADA, and technology advancement, and we award grants to make these studies happen. School-to-Career/Workforce Development Initiatives - Since 2003 more than $3.2 million has been expended to encourage career interest in the lodging field through programs such as the new high school program curriculum, Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP) , and the entry-level training program, Skills, Tasks, and Results Training (START) .

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In response to the success of our Lodging Manager and Cook Apprenticeship Programs, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded...
10/01/2020
AHLA FOUNDATION AND NRAEF AWARDED HOSPITALITY-SECTOR REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP GRANT | AHLAF

In response to the success of our Lodging Manager and Cook Apprenticeship Programs, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded the AHLA Foundation and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation a new contract to continue the growth and expansion of our Hospitality-Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) – an earn-while-you-learn training program.

HSRA provides a proven pathway to sustainable careers for workers seeking high-skilled and high-paying jobs, and for employers seeking to train, promote and retain their workforce. We can't wait to train the next generation of hospitality leaders! American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA https://bit.ly/3n8ra7H

WASHINGTON, DC – October 1, 2020 – The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) received a five-year, $9.2 million contract from the U.S. Department of Labor to continue the growth and expansion of its Hospitality-Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) – an earn-while-yo...

09/29/2020
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Calling all hospitality leaders! Want to learn how AHLAF can help you create your future workforce, improve productivity, and reduce turn-over? Download this fact sheet to learn more about how a high-quality apprenticeship program can help you: https://bit.ly/3ieJvfq

We are thrilled to award a professional development scholarship to Jonathan Hicks with G6 Hospitality to pursue his CHA ...
09/28/2020

We are thrilled to award a professional development scholarship to Jonathan Hicks with G6 Hospitality to pursue his CHA designation. Jonathan is an experienced industry professional dedicated to showcasing what hospitality truly means.

“The global pandemic has made life a bit more difficult for our industry than it has been many years, and with the completion of my Certified Hotel Administrator I sincerely hope to do my part to keep our industry strong and thriving through this crisis and for many years to come." #DreamsHappenHere

Today, we are proud to be recognized by The White House for our work in developing, educating, and certifying over 105,0...
09/23/2020
AHLA, AHLA FOUNDATION HONORED AT WHITE HOUSE WITH PLEDGE TO AMERICA’S WORKERS PRESIDENTIAL AWARD | AHLA

Today, we are proud to be recognized by The White House for our work in developing, educating, and certifying over 105,000 hotel employees. Our foundation and American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA have received the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award along with other notable organizations. Thank you for this award and congratulations to all other recipients as well!

WASHINGTON (September 23, 2020) – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) today received top honors at the White House for their collective work to support and empower hotel industry employees.

09/17/2020
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The AHLA Foundation is committed to advancing the careers of women in the hotel sector. Our apprenticeship program and Stonebridge Companies were recently featured by The Women’s Bureau at U.S. Department of Labor. We are proud to play our part in shaping the future of female leadership in our industry. #DreamsHappenHere

09/16/2020
AVIP 2020 Summer Virtual Internship

Through our AHLA Foundation certification scholarship program, Aimbridge Hospitality provided AHLEI professional certifications to their summer interns during their first-ever virtual internship program (AVIP). We are so proud to be a part of their journey and wish their talented new employees much success on their hospitality careers! https://bit.ly/35DGumx #DreamsHappenHere

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We are very excited to welcome our new class of academic scholarship winners to our extended family! If you received a 2...
09/15/2020

We are very excited to welcome our new class of academic scholarship winners to our extended family! If you received a 2020 AHLA Foundation academic scholarship be sure to check your mail soon for a surprise.🎉#dreamshappenhere

Today, we remember the tragic event of 9/11 and honor those who lost their lives on that fateful day. We will never forg...
09/11/2020

Today, we remember the tragic event of 9/11 and honor those who lost their lives on that fateful day. We will never forget the sacrifices made by our first responders, search and rescue professionals, and ordinary people who risked their lives to save others. Your bravery, heroism and commitment to our country will not be in vain.

Congratulations to Megan Annuschat, the first apprentice from Remington Hotels to complete the Lodging Manager apprentic...
09/09/2020

Congratulations to Megan Annuschat, the first apprentice from Remington Hotels to complete the Lodging Manager apprenticeship program! Megan started her apprenticeship training at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Stillwater, OK. As a result of all her hard work and dedication, Megan has recently been promoted to Assistant General Manager of the brand-new Residence Inn Steamboat Springs, CO. #Dreamshappenhere

G6 Hospitality CEO, Rob Palleschi spoke to LODGING Magazine on how the hospitality industry finds ways to adapt to new s...
09/08/2020
G6 Hospitality CEO Rob Palleschi on Hospitality’s Resilience

G6 Hospitality CEO, Rob Palleschi spoke to LODGING Magazine on how the hospitality industry finds ways to adapt to new situations while continuing to serve people. “We endure, brush ourselves off, and move forward.” Read full article here:
https://bit.ly/2GErDO5

G6 Hospitality CEO Rob Palleschi shares how his company has adapted in the face of COVID-19, and what helps hoteliers to endure such difficult times.

ICYMI: American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA President Chip Rogers and Hyatt CEO & President Mark Hoplamazian spok...
09/04/2020
AHLA Forum: Hyatt's Mark Hoplamazian and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

ICYMI: American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA President Chip Rogers and Hyatt CEO & President Mark Hoplamazian spoke to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot about leadership, diversity and community support during this critical time of need. Read the LODGING Magazine full article on their voices of hope. https://bit.ly/3bu4k50

President and CEO of AHLA Chip Rogers led a conversation with Hyatt President and CEO Mark Hoplamazian and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

The last 6 months have been extremely challenging for business leaders, but Jim Merkel, President and CEO Rockbridge & A...
09/03/2020
Jim Merkel, Rockbridge: How this hotel operator is staying afloat

The last 6 months have been extremely challenging for business leaders, but Jim Merkel, President and CEO Rockbridge & AHLA Foundation BOT, tries to be a “point of light” for his team and remind them that better days are ahead. Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/2EP14p4

Merkel and his team leaned on long-established relationships with lenders to modify 76 loans in 60 days.

@AHLA is proud to announce a new enhanced version of COVID-19 Precautions for Hotels, a hotel-specific online training c...
09/02/2020

@AHLA is proud to announce a new enhanced version of COVID-19 Precautions for Hotels, a hotel-specific online training course designed for cleaning and safety during the pandemic. Check it out today! bit.ly/2ES47MX

It has been six months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions of hotel employees are still furloughed or...
09/01/2020
REPORT: STATE OF HOTEL INDUSTRY SIX MONTHS INTO COVID PANDEMIC | AHLA

It has been six months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions of hotel employees are still furloughed or laid off from their beloved jobs and careers. American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA recently published an analysis on the economic impact and human struggle of the hotel industry. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2YXoaAx

Click here to download a copy of the report WASHINGTON (August 31, 2020) – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today released an analysis on the economic and human struggle of the hotel industry six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with millions of employees still furloughed or laid ...

With new safety protocols reshaping the guest experience in hotels, Google and Volara  have partnered to provide touchle...
08/31/2020
Google and Volara Partner on Contactless Guest Engagement Solution

With new safety protocols reshaping the guest experience in hotels, Google and Volara have partnered to provide touchless room control and contactless guest experiences. Just a few features include allowing guests to ask a voice assistant to play music, set the alarm and request amenities. Read full article from LODGING Magazine here: https://bit.ly/32AxoDG

Google and Volara are partnering to deploy a contactless guest engagement and touchless room controls solution for hotels.

ICYMI: ALIS just announced that they will be moving the conference back to April 19-21, 2021. Learn more here:​​​​​​​ ht...
08/26/2020
ALIS 2021 Reschedules In-Person Event for April 2021

ICYMI: ALIS just announced that they will be moving the conference back to April 19-21, 2021. Learn more here:​​​​​​​ https://bit.ly/3ll410W

Northstar Travel Group and The BHN Group today announced the 20th edition of ALIS will be held April 19-21, 2021 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.

It is hard to believe that it has already been nearly a year since we celebrated some of our Orlando Empowering Youth Pr...
08/25/2020

It is hard to believe that it has already been nearly a year since we celebrated some of our Orlando Empowering Youth Program graduates!

Meet Roxana, a University of the District of Columbia student and recipient of Americanexpress and Ecolab scholarships. ...
08/24/2020

Meet Roxana, a University of the District of Columbia student and recipient of Americanexpress and Ecolab scholarships. “This scholarship award will definitely take me a step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming a professional of the Hospitality Management & Tourism Industry.” #Dreamshappenhere

Congrats American Hotel & Lodging Association for being recognized as one of 100 associations that will save the world d...
08/21/2020
100 Associations That Will Save The World

Congrats American Hotel & Lodging Association for being recognized as one of 100 associations that will save the world due to our #COVID relief efforts.

The hotel industry was among the first industries impacted by the pandemic and will be one of the last to recover. Throughout, we have worked tirelessly with AHLA to help our employees recover, all while remaining in awe of the resiliency of our industry and the people who support it. https://bit.ly/3aMP0Qo #HospitalityforHope

100 Associations That Will Save the World

#TBT to the beginning of the year at our second annual Night of a Thousand Stars where we celebrated with a few of our b...
08/20/2020

#TBT to the beginning of the year at our second annual Night of a Thousand Stars where we celebrated with a few of our beneficiaries. We cannot wait to celebrate with our future industry leaders soon again. #Dreamshappenhere

We are very grateful for Acuity Insurance's generous $25,000 donation to support our COVID Relief Fund. This donation wi...
08/19/2020

We are very grateful for Acuity Insurance's generous $25,000 donation to support our COVID Relief Fund. This donation will provide a glimmer of hope to 100 hotel employees who will now have access to free training, professional development, and continuing education scholarships. Learn more about this exciting announcement here. https://bit.ly/3iZGj8z

Want to learn a few strategies to attract new business to your hotel during the second half of 2020? LODGING Magazine ha...
08/17/2020
Positioning Hotels to Drive Business in the Second Half of 2020

Want to learn a few strategies to attract new business to your hotel during the second half of 2020? LODGING Magazine has you covered. Implementing contactless technology and reaching out to corporate customers are just a couple of the tips. Read them all here: https://bit.ly/2Q21c6w

Five strategies for hoteliers to position their properties to attract new business during the second half of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Did you know that meetings and events are an integral part of the hotel business? Read this LODGING Magazine article abo...
08/14/2020
Marriott Redefines Processes and Spaces for Meetings — LODGING

Did you know that meetings and events are an integral part of the hotel business? Read this LODGING Magazine article about what Marriott is doing to redefine processes and spaces for meeting during our new normal. https://bit.ly/31MWkrm

Marriott has introduced digital content about redefined processes and reimagined spaces guided by cleanliness experts and best practices for meetings.

#TBT to just a few months ago when we congratulated 28 graduates from Goodwill of Greater Washington's Hospitality Train...
08/13/2020

#TBT to just a few months ago when we congratulated 28 graduates from Goodwill of Greater Washington's Hospitality Training Program. Their 6-week training program, which was funded by the AHLA Foundation, included work-based experiences at a local hotel.

As part of our five-year plan, we committed to certifying 125,000 job seekers and current employees with industry certif...
08/11/2020

As part of our five-year plan, we committed to certifying 125,000 job seekers and current employees with industry certificates. This year, we have already given out over 43,000 certifications, and with your help, we can do even more. Consider donating today to help us reach our goal and support hotel employees during this critical time. donate.ahla.com

This week’s featured scholarship winner is Sean Murphy from JWU Charlotte. Help us congratulate him! “Being chosen to re...
08/10/2020

This week’s featured scholarship winner is Sean Murphy from JWU Charlotte. Help us congratulate him! “Being chosen to receive this is a huge honor to me. The hospitality industry is a huge passion of mine and means everything to me...The quicker that I can be debt free, the quicker I can work on achieving my dreams!”

Contactless and hands-free check-in processes may be the new normal while enjoying a stay at a hotel, but hoteliers are ...
08/07/2020
Hoteliers Transform the Future of In-Room Dining — LODGING

Contactless and hands-free check-in processes may be the new normal while enjoying a stay at a hotel, but hoteliers are going even a step further. Read this LODGING Magazine article on what the future of in-room dining might look like. https://bit.ly/33DBeOG

LODGING touches base with three properties that have enhanced their in-room dining services to create contactless experiences for guests in a COVID-19 era.

#TBT to last week's Golf Classic event, which raised $100k to support furloughed employees. Thank you ASSA ABLOY for hel...
08/06/2020

#TBT to last week's Golf Classic event, which raised $100k to support furloughed employees. Thank you ASSA ABLOY for helping make the event such a success. Your sponsorship, along with the other foursomes and individual golfers, will support the Foundation’s mission to strengthen the industry, especially during this difficult time.

Congratulations to Choice Hotels CEO Patrick Pacious for being ranked as one of the best CEOs for women in 2020. The hot...
08/05/2020
The 25 best CEOs of 2020, ranked by female employees

Congratulations to Choice Hotels CEO Patrick Pacious for being ranked as one of the best CEOs for women in 2020. The hotel industry strives to be as global as our guests, and Choice continues to lead on this important issue. #Dreamshappenhere https://bit.ly/3gBSGGY

CEOs who earned top spots on the list include Google's Sundar Pichai, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, and Sunrun's Lynn Jurich.

While our industry is still facing its fair share of challenges, we were proud to provide several Michigan State Univers...
08/04/2020
AHLA Foundation awards academic scholarships to 7 hospitality business students

While our industry is still facing its fair share of challenges, we were proud to provide several Michigan State University hospitality students academic scholarships to provide a glimmer of hope. "Throughout this school year, I hope to still strive toward excellence despite online classes and upset job plans." Read the full story here: https://bit.ly/33rTASA

A group of undergraduate Broad Spartans were awarded $2,000 national scholarships to continue their academic studies.

The future of hospitality may be uncertain during this pandemic, but Matthew Thompson, an AHLA Foundation scholarship re...
08/03/2020
Matthew Thompson on Preparing for After-Pandemic Career Success

The future of hospitality may be uncertain during this pandemic, but Matthew Thompson, an AHLA Foundation scholarship recipient, believes that the hospitality and tourism degree he is currently pursuing will come in handy one day when the industry recovers. At that time, he will be prepared to lead his own team. Read his full story here: https://bit.ly/2PkIUNp

Matthew Thompson, a maintenance supervisor at a La Quinta Inn & Suites in Cary, N.C., is pursuing an upward course in the hotel industry amid the pandemic.

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Have the 2020 scholarships been announced yet?
Thanks for your help so far, regards, Steve
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