Scholarship Program

Since 1992, IHLAEF has been a primary source of scholarship assistance for deserving Illinois college students pursuing hospitality management degrees throughout the country, awarding over $450,000 since its inception. Each year, the Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee reviews all applicants and determines the amount of scholarships to be awarded. 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. 


Scholarship Applications 

The 2017 IHLAEF scholarship application period is now closed.
Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be available in January.

Please visit ahlef.org for national hospitality scholarships.

The purpose of our scholarship is to financially assist Illinois residents who have demonstrated a desire to make the hotel and hospitality industry a career. Scholarships may be available in amounts ranging from $2,000* up to $5,000 per academic year. Each student applicant must comply with the eligibility and selection criteria and requirements of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (IHLAEF) Scholarship Program. Winners of named awards will not be eligible for the same the following year.

*Incoming college freshman and community college students may receive a minimum scholarship amount of $1,000.

YOU ARE ELIGIBLE IF:

You are an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) in an accredited college or university hotel and/or hospitality degree granting management program anywhere in the U.S.
OR
You are an undergraduate student enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester in an accredited college or university hotel and/or hospitality management degree granting program and are also employed a minimum of 20 hours per week in the hospitality industry.
OR
You are a high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll in an accredited college or university hotel and/or hospitality management degree granting program anywhere in the U.S.
AND
You are a permanent resident of Illinois and a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident for at least 12 months at the time of application.

WHY APPLY FOR AN IHLAEF SCHOLARSHIP?


IHLAEF Signature Scholarships

Each year, IHLAEF awards academic scholarships to deserving Illinois college students pursuing hospitality management degrees throughout the country. The Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and determines the amount of scholarships to be awarded. Funds are raised through corporate and individual contributions and annual fundraising efforts.

Hostmark Hospitality Group, Robert J. Cataldo Scholarship
One $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an eligible student for their academic year in honor of the continued dedication to our industry by "Bob" Cataldo of Hostmark Hospitality Group, an award-winning independent hospitality company. 

J. Patrick Leahy Connoisseur Scholarship
One $5,000 scholarship is awarded to an eligible student who demonstrates a passion for food and beverage and making the hotel industry their career of choice in the legacy of American Hotel Register Company's "Pat" Leahy.

Jim & Adele Abrahamson Scholarship
One $2,000 scholarship is awarded to an eligible student attending DePaul University, School of Hospitality Leadership who demonstrates a passion for their future hospitality career.

Pat Karr Memorial Scholarship
One $2,000 scholarship is awarded to an eligible student who demonstrates a passion for hospitality in honor of Pat Karr. Helping students reach their educational goals is a mission that Pat strongly endorsed and supported.

Other Named Scholarships 

Additional scholarships will be awarded to eligible students starting from $2,000.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM TESTIMONIALS


2017 Scholarship Recipients 

Weronika Celer - DePaul University - Hilton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship
Yves Chambaz - Kendall College - Constellation Scholarship
Hayley Delaney - DePaul University - Jim & Adele Abrahamson Scholarship
Jermaine Dill - Kennedy-King College
Jasmine Dinkins - Johnson & Wales University
Megan Feeney - University of South Carolina - Pat Karr Memorial Scholarship
Ashlyn Gardner - Northern Illinois University
Marilyn Gasienica - Iowa State University
Matthew Korman - Cornell University
Malikha Long - Kendall College - Prominence Hospitality Group, Rana ZR. Scholarship
Tess McArthy - Eastern Illinois University
Kenzie Mocogni - DePaul University
Tess O'Callaghan - Pennsylvania State University
Deborah Ogunribido - University of Central Florida - Chicagoland Marriott Hotels Scholarship
Jaclyn Parks - Southern Illinois University - Kimpton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship
Clara Pauker - Purdue University
Todd Pinta - DePaul University
Elizabeth Redhead - DePaul University
Ethan Reynolds - Culinary Institute of America - Hyatt Scholarship
Gabrielle Serpico - DePaul University
Samuel Tucker - University of Houston
Kevin Waterstreet - Northern Illinois University
Lindsey Wehking - DePaul University - Hostmark Hospitality, Robert J. Cataldo Scholarship
Sylvia Wtorkowski - DePaul University - J. Patrick Leahy Connoisseur Scholarship
Matthew Zyburt - Purdue University - Sage Hospitality Scholarship
Brianna Zyer - Northern Illinois University

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