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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This week’s featured Hotel Hero: Alejandra Cuevas, Housekeeping Supervisor, Hyatt Regency HoustonDuring COIVD-19, Alejan...
12/23/2020

This week’s featured Hotel Hero: Alejandra Cuevas, Housekeeping Supervisor, Hyatt Regency Houston

During COIVD-19, Alejandra’s property was short staffed during Hurricane Laura. She independently returned 230 rooms back to inventory to provide accommodations for first responders. Alejandra checks on staff who have been furloughed and keeps the HR department updated on how her teammates are doing. Her attention to detail, caring demeanor, and dedication to her colleagues and community is evident in everything she does for those around her and makes her this week’s Hotel Hero.

Everyone has a hero. Who’s yours? Nominate your star today for the 2021 AHLA Stars of the Industry Awards. Deadline is December 31st! Submit your nomination at: ahla.com/nominate

Our friends at Project Save Hospitality are helping displaced hospitality professionals affected by the pandemic. They a...
12/21/2020
Project Save Hospitality on LinkedIn: PROJECT SAVE HOSPITALITY LAUNCHES TO HELP UNEMPLOYED!

Our friends at Project Save Hospitality are helping displaced hospitality professionals affected by the pandemic. They are also currently seeking HR professionals who would like to volunteer some of their time. If interested in additional details on, please email [email protected]. https://bit.ly/2KL4A6t

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR VITUAL CAREER FAIR JANUARY 28TH. IF YOUR COMPANY WOULD LIKE TO FIND GREAT TALENT EMAIL [email protected]! PLEASE...

In the industry’s most challenging year on record, we sought to support our employees and industry. As the year draws to...
12/18/2020

In the industry’s most challenging year on record, we sought to support our employees and industry. As the year draws to a close, we wanted to share with you how we sought to provide a lifeline to our employees, our partners, and the communities we serve. https://bit.ly/2WtSvoU

Thank you Host Hotels & Resorts for completing your generous Opening Doors to Opportunity Campaign pledge. Your support ...
12/18/2020

Thank you Host Hotels & Resorts for completing your generous Opening Doors to Opportunity Campaign pledge. Your support over the last 5 years has allowed us to recruit and elevate the hotel industry’s next generation of leaders. #ThankYou #DreamsHappenHere

LODGING Magazine's 2020 People of the Year is dedicated to the hotel industry's frontline workers. We are proud to see R...
12/17/2020
Lodging Magazine November/December 2020

LODGING Magazine's 2020 People of the Year is dedicated to the hotel industry's frontline workers. We are proud to see Robert Soto, an AHLA Foundation scholarship recipient, spotlighted. We thank all of our incredible frontline workers for their dedication and service during this difficult year. https://bit.ly/3h50Ngo #thankyou #DreamsHappenHere

Visit Article: https://bluetoad.com/article/LODGING%E2%80%99s+2020+People+of+the+Year%3A+Frontline+Hotel+Workers/3833883/686343/article.html.

In honor of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, join us on January 11, 2021 as we team up with A21, American Ho...
12/16/2020

In honor of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, join us on January 11, 2021 as we team up with A21, American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA, It's a Penalty, and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association to raise awareness of human trafficking ahead of the Super Bowl. Register today: https://bit.ly/2Wj5aed

Attention all AHLA Foundation program alumni! Join our new and improved AHLAF alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with f...
12/15/2020

Attention all AHLA Foundation program alumni! Join our new and improved AHLAF alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with fellow hospitality stars! Sign up today at: https://bit.ly/3a99Viy #dreamshappenhere

Attention all AHLA Foundation program alumni! Join our new and improved AHLAF alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with f...
12/15/2020

Attention all AHLA Foundation program alumni! Join our new and improved AHLAF alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with fellow hospitality stars! Sign up today at: https://bit.ly/3adwG4N #dreamshappenhere

Attention all Florida hotel properties:Lodging operators should be aware of human trafficking legislation passed in 2019...
12/14/2020
No Room for Trafficking | AHLA

Attention all Florida hotel properties:

Lodging operators should be aware of human trafficking legislation passed in 2019 that requires mandatory human trafficking awareness training for lodging employees who perform housekeeping duties or work at the front desk or reception areas. Employees must complete training by January 1, 2021, or within 60 days of hire, whichever is later.

ECPAT-USA’s online training is available for free and is approved by the Florida DBPR. To register for this training, please visit https://lnkd.in/e_BDkzj

A new 30-minute online training program, developed by ECPAT-USA in collaboration with the hotel industry, is now available for free. This offering discusses intersections between human trafficking and the hotel industry and offers free tools and resources to go along with the training to help compan...

LODGING Magazine spoke with Greg Cocchiarella, Ecolab's vice president of industry relations, about the company's signif...
12/11/2020
Ecolab Hospitality Scholarship Program Tops $500,000 — LODGING

LODGING Magazine spoke with Greg Cocchiarella, Ecolab's vice president of industry relations, about the company's significant milestone of giving $500k in scholarships through the AHLA Foundation. Thank you Ecolab for your generous support through the years! #Thankyou #DreamsHappenHere American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA

Nearly 25 years after establishing the Ecolab Hospitality Scholarship, the company marked a significant milestone in 2020 as it reached $500,000.

Have you been displaced due to COVID-19? Make sure to tune in next Monday at 12 pm EST to the No Vacancy Live Job Fair t...
12/10/2020
No Vacancy News

Have you been displaced due to COVID-19? Make sure to tune in next Monday at 12 pm EST to the No Vacancy Live Job Fair to hear about ways to stay connected to the industry and find your next hope in hospitality. https://www.youtube.com/c/novacancynews

Glenn Haussman hosts the No Vacancy podcast, Here to Stay TV, and is publisher of novacancynews.com. He also co-hosts Checking in with Anthony & Glenn, a pod...

We applaud Choice Hotels International's bold commitment to create Choice Hotels Owners African American Alliance (CHOAA...
12/09/2020
Choice Creates African-American Owners Alliance | Hotel Business

We applaud Choice Hotels International's bold commitment to create Choice Hotels Owners African American Alliance (CHOAAA). As the hotel industry’s only franchisee-focused group dedicated to Black and African-American hoteliers, CHOAAA will provide ongoing representation, support and advocacy for these underrepresented entrepreneurs.

ROCKVILLE, MD—Part of the company's longstanding commitment to diversity, Choice Hotels International, Inc. has created the Choice Hotels Owners African Choice

Can't wait for industry conferences to come back safely? Check out an updated schedule for 2021 hotel industry conferenc...
12/08/2020
Hospitality Industry Conferences Scheduled for 2021 — LODGING

Can't wait for industry conferences to come back safely? Check out an updated schedule for 2021 hotel industry conferences.

In light of COVID-19, several industry conferences have postponed or gone virtual with events, while others are moving forward with their original dates.

12/04/2020
Tevin's Journey to Hospitality

The AHLA Foundation is proud to provide programs and scholarships that help thousands of hotel employees each year pursue a career in the hotel and lodging industry. Learn more about Tevin's journey to the industry. #DreamsHappenHere

Tevin didn’t choose the hardships he has faced, but he chose to rise above them. The AHLA Foundation is proud to have been a part of his success and the succ...

Did you know that the AHLA Foundation provides professional development scholarships exclusively for individuals current...
12/02/2020
Professional Development | AHLAF

Did you know that the AHLA Foundation provides professional development scholarships exclusively for individuals currently working at hotels who want to advance their career? Apply today to earn an industry certification for free. https://bit.ly/3oh3q0N

Helping Our Own Go Further Certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Association are the ultimate distinction of professional excellence in the hospitality industry. Certifications are offered for more than a dozen positions in the hospitality industry, including the prestigious CHA®-Certifi...

In a year that has been challenging for so many, the hospitality industry has come together to support one another like ...
12/01/2020

In a year that has been challenging for so many, the hospitality industry has come together to support one another like never before. This #GivingTuesday, we invite you to support the AHLA Foundation as we seek to serve the employees that make our industry so special. https://bit.ly/3mrA67i

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for our donors, partners and employees across the industry that have helped us advanc...
11/26/2020

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for our donors, partners and employees across the industry that have helped us advance our mission of helping people build careers, improve their lives, and strengthen the lodging industry. #DreamsHappenhere #Thankful

Today, we celebrate Rosalba Cacciato, Area Director of Revenue Management, Marriott Hotels AC Hotel Times Square & OTO D...
11/25/2020

Today, we celebrate Rosalba Cacciato, Area Director of Revenue Management, Marriott Hotels AC Hotel Times Square & OTO Development, for her positive attitude and constant support of her teammates. Nominate your colleague today: ahla.com/nominate American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA #ShiningStars

11/24/2020
Degrees & Courses from Top Colleges and Universities: Learn.org

Congratulations to East Carolina University, one of our affiliated school partners, who were recently ranked #1 Best Online Bachelor's in Hospitality Management from learn.org!

Degree directory of online degrees, associate degrees, bachelor degrees and graduate degrees including business colleges, nursing schools and engineering universities by geographic region.

ICYMI: The AHLA Foundation's academic scholarship application is officially open! Hospitality students, apply before Feb...
11/23/2020

ICYMI: The AHLA Foundation's academic scholarship application is officially open! Hospitality students, apply before February 15, 2021 to earn money for your future. We have $1 million in scholarships for students just like you! Visit https://bit.ly/35L5aZR for more details.

As we close out the week, we wish a big congrats to Phuc Dinh, who received 3 scholarships this year! Do you know anyone...
11/20/2020

As we close out the week, we wish a big congrats to Phuc Dinh, who received 3 scholarships this year! Do you know anyone who might benefit from an academic scholarship? Let them know our scholarship applications for 2021 are now open at: https://bit.ly/35L5aZR. #DreamsHappenHere

Today, we want to take a moment to recognize Tysin Wilkins, a 2020 Rama scholarship recipient. Do you want to join him a...
11/19/2020

Today, we want to take a moment to recognize Tysin Wilkins, a 2020 Rama scholarship recipient. Do you want to join him and access $1 million in academic scholarships? Apply for a 2021 scholarship today! https://bit.ly/35L5aZR #dreamshappenhere #scholarship

Did you know that this month is National Scholarship Month? Congrats to Yena Choi, 2020 Hyatt Minority Lodging Managemen...
11/18/2020

Did you know that this month is National Scholarship Month? Congrats to Yena Choi, 2020 Hyatt Minority Lodging Management Student scholarship recipient. Apply for a 2021 scholarship today! https://bit.ly/3nBhQc0 #scholarships

The 2021-22 AHLA Foundation scholarship application is now open for your submissions! Any hospitality student can apply ...
11/17/2020

The 2021-22 AHLA Foundation scholarship application is now open for your submissions! Any hospitality student can apply for our $1 million in scholarship funds. Applications are due by Feb. 15, 2021. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3lGQlx5 #scholarship #DreamsHappenHere American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA

We are proud to announce that Ecolab has hit the $500,000 mark in academic and professional scholarships awarded through...
11/16/2020

We are proud to announce that Ecolab has hit the $500,000 mark in academic and professional scholarships awarded through the annual AHLAF Ecolab Hospitality Scholarship Program. Thank you for your generous support over the years to invest in the next generation of hoteliers! https://bit.ly/2IGq6bM #ThankYou #scholarship

Did you know that workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn an average of $300,000 more over their career when c...
11/13/2020
Apprenticeship ‘Skyrockets’ Hotel Manager’s Career

Did you know that workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn an average of $300,000 more over their career when compared to peers who don’t? In honor of #NAW2020, read about how Remington Hotels’ Kelbie Reynolds, a recent graduate from AHLAF’s apprenticeship program, got relevant workplace experiences while acquiring the skills and credentials that employers value. https://bit.ly/3krvKv9

Kelbie Reynolds, hotel manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville managed by Remington Hotels, shares his experience with an AHLAF apprenticeship.

This week, we celebrate apprentices everywhere, especially those in hospitality. Despite the pandemic, the AHLA Foundati...
11/12/2020
Apprenticeships Work

This week, we celebrate apprentices everywhere, especially those in hospitality. Despite the pandemic, the AHLA Foundation’s apprenticeship program has seen a 94% retention rate among apprentices in over 500 properties across 42 states. https://bit.ly/32BJrS0. #NAW2020

Growing up, my dad talked fondly about learning his craft working as an apprentice under the great master tailors in Rome, Italy. They taught him the art of cloth and the craft of hand stitching suits and dresses, coats and gowns worthy of royalty.

In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, we celebrate Tiffany Holland from Aimbridge Hospitality! Tiffany has been a sh...
11/12/2020

In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, we celebrate Tiffany Holland from Aimbridge Hospitality! Tiffany has been a shining star throughout her apprenticeship. As a result of her ongoing dedication to the industry, Tiffany now sits on AHLAF’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, aimed at ensuring that all associates of all backgrounds have a voice in the hospitality industry! #naw2020

Today, in honor of National Apprenticeship Week, we celebrate Filip Siladjev, an apprentice from Real Hospitality Group,...
11/11/2020

Today, in honor of National Apprenticeship Week, we celebrate Filip Siladjev, an apprentice from Real Hospitality Group, seen here with his mentor, Lorrie Miller. #NAW2020

11/09/2020
AHLAF Apprentice Shares His Experience In The Program

In honor of #NAW2020, we are thrilled to share stories about how our apprenticeship program is helping change lives and careers! Did you know that apprenticeship enables employers to develop and train a future workforce while offering employees affordable paths to secure high-paying jobs? Click on the below video to hear from Lucas Bourdon about what apprenticeship has meant for him.

The AHLA Foundation's apprenticeship program combines on the job learning with related education.

It’s National Apprenticeship Week! AHLAF and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation are proud to sha...
11/09/2020

It’s National Apprenticeship Week! AHLAF and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation are proud to share stories and resources all week to help you learn more about how apprenticeship can help grow your workforce. #NAW2020

Join us in supporting our Empowering Youth Program partners, Orlando After-School All-Stars, with their 2021 fundraising...
11/06/2020
Fresh Start 2021

Join us in supporting our Empowering Youth Program partners, Orlando After-School All-Stars, with their 2021 fundraising efforts! The Orlando After School All Stars serve middle school and high school students through their innovative and diversified year round curriculum to engage youth to become productive members in their community and workforce. https://bit.ly/3evCwPj

Join Race For It for its first ever charity fundraising event. After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national organization that provides school-based, out-of-school programs to disadvantaged youth. The local chapter, Orlando ASAS, serves over 5000 students and their families annually in year-ro...

Another month, another professional development scholarship recipient!   Congratulations to Shelby Daniel Simpson who ha...
11/05/2020

Another month, another professional development scholarship recipient! Congratulations to Shelby Daniel Simpson who has been climbing the hospitality ladder and is well on his way to earning his CHDT. We look forward to hearing about your continued success. #DreamsHappenHere

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