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 $550,000 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. 
 

2019 IHLAEF Scholars

Shalinee Abraham - DePaul University - J. Patrick Leahy Connoisseur Scholarship
Tamika Bobo - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Keegan Davis - University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Chicagoland Marriott Hotels Scholarship
Jasmine Dinkins - Johnson and Wales University 
Rebecca Doman - University of Central Florida - Sage Hospitality Scholarship
Kristin Dula - The French Pastry School
Bridget Ferguson - DePaul University - John Drabik Hospitality Scholarship
Brady Furleigh - DePaul University - Constellation Scholarship
Martha Gomez - DePaul University - Pat Karr Memorial Scholarship
Brendan Kempff - Cornell University 
Trinity Kim - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mia Lanzillotti - Florida Gulf Coast University - PSAV Scholarship
Malikha Long - Kendall College at National Louis University
Grace Murphy - Purdue University - Hyatt Scholarship
Veronica Nunez - Roosevelt University - Hilton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship
Tess O'Callaghan - Pennsylvania State University - Davidson Hotels & Resorts Scholarship
Clara Pauker - Purdue University - Kimpton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship
Todd Pinta - DePaul University
Elizabeth Redhead - DePaul University
Jennifer Romanchek - Purdue University
Elena Sanchez - University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Sam Tucker - Cornell University - Hostmark Hospitality, Robert J. Cataldo Scholarship
Courtney Zajac - Northern Illinois University - Marc J. Gordon Scholarship

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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 to an eligible student in honor of the continued dedication to our industry by "Bob" Cataldo of Hostmark Hospitality Group, an award-winning independent hospitality company. The selected student should have experience working at an IHLA member hotel.

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.

John Drabik Hospitality Scholarship
One $2,000 scholarship is awarded to an eligible DePaul University or Kendall College at National Louis University student in honor of the dedication to our industry by John Drabik of Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants. The selected student should have a focus on Business Development and/or Catering Sales as John had a passion for networking with professionals of all backgrounds to build business in the hospitality industry.

Other Named Scholarships 

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


IHLAEF Scholarship Applications

The 2019 IHLAEF scholarship application period is now closed.  
Applications for the 2020-2021 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.

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