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 $500,000 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. 


IHLAEF Scholarships

The 2018 IHLAEF scholarship application period is now closed.
Applications for the 2019-2020 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.

Pat Karr Memorial Scholarship
One $2,500 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


2018 Scholarship Recipients 

Kacie Cachera - Eastern Illinois University - Hilton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship 
Ubaldo Castillo - Kalamazoo College - Choose Chicago Scholarship
Keegan Davis - University of Nevada - Las Vegas - Constellation Scholarship
Rebecca Doman - Rosen College of Hospitality Management - Davidson Hotels & Resorts Scholarship
Reda Hasan - DePaul University - Spire Hospitality Scholarship
Samantha Kliros - DePaul University - Patt Karr Memorial Scholarship
Payton Knisley - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Anne Nelson - Florida State University
Yves Chambaz - Kendall College
Jasmine Dinkins - Johnson & Wales University - J. Patrick Leahy Connoisseur Scholarship
Megan Feeney - University of South Carolina
Marilyn Gasienica - Iowa State University
Malikha Long - Kendall College
Tess McArthy - Eastern Illinois University - Sage Hospitality Scholarship
Kenzie Mocogni - DePaul University - Hyatt Scholarship
Tess O'Callaghan - Pennsylvania State University
Kayla Oglesby - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Clara Pauker - Purdue University - Chicagoland Marriott Hotels Scholarship
Todd Pinta - DePaul University - Hostmark Hospitality, Robert J. Cataldo Scholarship
Elizabeth Redhead - DePaul University
LeRoy Sthay - Western Illinois University 
Leah Tibbs - The French Pastry School
Samuel Tucker - University of Houston - Kimpton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship
Kevin Waterstreet - Northern Illinois University
Ellen Woods - Kansas State University

READ MORE ABOUT OUR SCHOLARS

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