IHLAEF Named Scholarship Program

Since 1992, the IHLA Educational Foundation has been a primary source of scholarship assistance for deserving Illinois college students pursuing hospitality management degrees throughout the country, awarding over $500,000 since its inception. Funds are raised through corporate and individual contributions and annual fundraising efforts, and scholarships are available in amounts ranging from $2,000 up to $5,000 per academic year. 

How It Works

IHLAEF provides an opportunity for donors to designate a scholarship with a "Name" that recognizes and acknowledges a specific individual, business, or organization. A named scholarship is a way of leaving a legacy and supporting students both now and in the future. 

A named scholarship can be established with a minimum annual contribution of $2,000 for at least three years, and the Foundation will work with the donor to establish any specific eligibility or criteria that should be used in choosing the student recipient each year.  

Donor Recognition 

IHLAEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all contributions are tax-deductible.

To establish a named scholarship fund, please contact: 
Karrie Teel | Director of Education & Communications
KTeel@IllinoisHotels.org | 312-346-3135 x233 

Help Us Grow the IHLAEF Scholarship Program & Empower Future Hospitality Leaders

Industry Employment & Room Increase:

Rising Tuition Costs: Over the past 30 years, the average tuition and fees at a public 4 year school saw a 231% increase.

Conclusion: The demand for exceptional talent in the hospitality industry is greater than ever, and we must act now to meet the anticipated growth. The rising cost of tuition has become prohibitive for many promising students, but with increased financial support, the number of recipients and award amounts can continue to grow. Your contribution will help us support promising future hospitality leaders and help our industry meet its staffing needs.

All IHLAEF proceeds go directly to our IHLAEF Scholarship Program


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Thank You Donors 

American Hotel Register CompanyHostmark Hospitality Group 

Marriott Chicagoland Hotels

Marc J. Gordon | Arnie Karr 

Constellation Energy | Davidson Hotels & ResortsHilton Hotels of Chicago | Hyatt Hotels of ChicagoKimpton Hotels of Chicago | PSAVSage Hospitality | Stefani Children's Foundation

Previous Donors 
Jim & Adele Abrahamson | Choose Chicago | Richard B. Guggenheim | KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort | Gerald J. Roper & Carol Buseman | Pearlshire & Prominence Hospitality Group | Spire Hospitality | Wall Street Journal