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MCHA Hospitality & Tourism Scholarship Opportunities

Most scholarships are offered every year.
Please check individual websites to verify deadlines.

Updated by CSUMB - Sustainable Hospitality Management Program, January 2023

MCHA Scholarship

Scholarships beginning at $2500
Preference to Monterey County Residents
Application is processed through the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation

Any undergraduate student or individual ​enrolled or accepted as a full-time or part-time student at an accredited post-secondary institution
Any previous scholarship recipient
Anyone majoring in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality-related undergraduate post-secondary program
Anyone NOT related to any employees or family members of the National Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation or any State Restaurant Association

Deadline to apply for 2023-24: March 15th, 2023

American Bus Association (ABA) Scholarships

You must be a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student at an accredited university (4-year university/college or junior college).
You must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the transportation, travel, and tourism industry. Transportation, travel and tourism encompass a varying range of professions from accounting to hospitality management and everything in between. In other words, please apply rather than ruling yourself out because of your major. However, you will be required to submit a short essay on how your major or course of study is relevant to the transportation, travel, and tourism industries.
You must maintain a minimum GPA of a 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

Two scholarships are awarded, in the amount $5,000 each.

ABA Diversity Scholarships:
This scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally underrepresented groups in the management and operation ranks of the transportation, travel and tourism industry.
You must be a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student at an accredited University.
You must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the travel and tourism industry. Travel and tourism encompass a varying range of professions from accounting to hospitality management and everything in between. In other words, please apply rather than ruling yourself out because of your major.
You must demonstrate your diversity (this includes varying cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, nationality, minorities, age, race, or ethnicity) to evaluators.
Applicants are required to submit a 500-word essay discussing the role they hope to play in advancing the future of the transportation, motorcoach, travel, and tourism/hospitality industry

The scholarship amount is $5,000.

Deadline to apply: April 14th, 2023
Application re-opens: December 2023

The California Restaurant Foundation (CRF)

CRF scholarships are competitive and awarded to qualified applicants based on an application, an essay, and previous experience. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Scholarships will be awarded in two payments following proof of enrollment in two semesters.

Eligibility Requirements:
To qualify for a CRF scholarship, the applicant must:
be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
be a California resident, although students may attend an out-of-state school
be enrolled in or will be enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours at an accredited foodservice related postsecondary two consecutive semesters or terms starting in the fall
have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale
be in good standing with the school for the second half of the award
have completed at least one grading term of a postsecondary program or be a high school senior going directly to a postsecondary school
satisfy the minimum hours of industry-related work experience, paid or voluntary:
250 hours for high school students going into their freshmen year
400 hours for college freshmen going into their sophomore year
550 hours for students beyond sophomore year.
All work experience must be verified through paycheck stubs or a signed letter from employers. Do not send copies of a W-2.

Deadline to apply: May 1st, 2023

IAEE's Helen Brett Scholarship

Must be a full-time student enrolled at an accredited college, university, junior or technical college
Must be enrolled in a degree program focusing on exhibition/event management
Minimum 3.0 grade point average on 4.0 scale
Completed Helen Brett Scholarship Application
Two letters of recommendation by faculty and/or from exhibition industry leader
Official transcript
One page essay submission (500-1,000 words) on an explanation of your goals and desired roles in the exhibitions and events industry
Consideration to attend Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Graduate Student Applicants are ineligible to receive scholarship monies should their graduate assistant position be fully funded by their college/university or any other external funding source
All paperwork must be received at the IAEE office by 5/1
The scholarship includes:
Up to $5,000 in tuition assistance
Consideration for potential candidates to have an internship experience at the Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition

Deadline to apply: May 1st, 2023


Roy B. Evans Student Scholarship

Tuition-based scholarship awarded to up to two (2) undergraduate students.

The Legacy Society Student Scholarship is intended for those in their last year of undergraduate education. Each recipient will receive: $3,500 tuition award.

Complimentary PCMA membership for three years after graduation.


If you have any questions about the scholarship program, please contact Cleary Williams, and she can provide further information about the scholarship.

Email: CWilliams Phone: +1 312.423.7263

Deadline to apply: May 5th, 2023

The Trotter Project

Must have 2.5 or higher G.P.A. (unweighted).

Must be a high school senior, incoming, or current college student to qualify for scholarships.

Must be Culinary Arts, Baking/Pastry, Hospitality Management or Agriculture student.

Must Complete online application.

Must attend college/university in the U.S.

Must submit the following documents:

Resume highlighting community service, jobs/internships.

Transcript displaying cumulative G.P.A. weighted/unweighted.

Letter of recommendation from someone who can discuss candidate's academic achievements and/or character.

Video expressing how you pursue excellence, your interest in culinary arts/hospitality/baking & pastry/agriculture and long-term goals. This is your opportunity to express individuality/creativity, passion, commitment, and any other positive qualities. Videos should not exceed three minutes.

COLLEGE STUDENTS ONLY - Must submit documentation from college/university demonstrating a remaining balance/financial need.

Deadline to apply: May 15th, 2023

The Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

NEWH San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is awarding up to $30,000 in scholarships to students pursuing a major and career objective within the Hospitality Industry (interior design, hospitality management, culinary, etc.). NEWH chapters and regional groups across the U.S., Canada, and the UK award scholarships annually based on the below criteria:

• Actively enrolled student: 2-year program freshman and above, 4-year sophomore/second year and above, or graduate level attending college in Northern California zip codes 936-961
• 3.0 GPA (cumulative), overall “B” average, or grade percentage of 83% - 86% equivalent or above
• Financial need through college for past, current, or upcoming tuition or program approved books/supplies
• Major and career objective within a hospitality related field (interior design, hospitality management, culinary, etc.)

Founded in 1984, NEWH is an international non-profit organization, which provides access to the hospitality industry through scholarships, mentorship, and education. NEWH chapters and regional groups award scholarships annually to students pursuing a future within the hospitality market. NEWH scholarship alumni boast careers in hospitality design, development, hotel management, operations, and culinary, around the world.

Deadline to apply: June 30th, 2023


Complete the Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship Application. In the application, you will be asked to:

Submit a Résumé (PDF format)
Submit a Letter of Recommendation (PDF format) from either a college/university professor or a professional in the event industry that verifies:
Applicant’s commitment and ability to complete the educational program
Experience in the event management industry, whether volunteer or paid
Aptitude to deal with the demands of the Destination Management profession
Submit an Essay (minimum 250 words in PDF format) that gives a sense of who you are by covering the following topics (all documents should be submitted in English):
Explain your interest in and knowledge of the Destination Management/Event Management industry.
Share the focus of your studies and goals.
Provide details of your volunteer and extra-curricular activities
Share how receiving this scholarship will help you achieve your stated goals.
Share about a recent event you attended and what enhancement(s) you could implement to make it more special.
For Extra Credit - Provide a 45 - 60 second video introducing yourself and sharing why you want to work in the Destination Management industry.

Application re-opens: Spring 2023

The Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH)

An objective of the NEWH By-laws is to promote scholarship, education and interest within the Hospitality Industry. NEWH, Inc. and its chapters fundraise to provide scholarships to students pursuing a career within Hospitality related fields (Interior Design, Hospitality Management, Culinary, Architecture, Senior Living, etc.).
Scholarships begining at $5,000

Application re-opens: Spring 2023

International Franchise Association (IFA)

Doc Cohen Franchising Scholarship:
One Award - $3,000 This program will support the award of a scholarship and a travel stipend (up to $1500) to attend the IFA Annual Convention. Scholarship candidates must be U.S. citizens enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university, with a major or primary focus in one or more of these areas of study - business, finance, marketing, food service, hospitality, franchising, or entrepreneurship. Applicants must also submit a business plan up to 10 pages on a business concept with their scholarship application.

The Stewart and Jane Bainum Fund Scholarship:
Four Awards - $2,500 The IFA Foundation and the Stewart and Jane Bainum Fund of the Community Foundation have paired to sponsor this competitive one-time award to be presented annually. Additionally, the individual selected will receive a complimentary registration to attend IFA’s Annual Convention and will receive a travel stipend (up to $1500) to attend. To be eligible for this one-time award, applicant must: (1) be enrolled in a U.S. accredited college of university with studies in business, hospitality, or franchise management, (2) have sophomore, junior or senior college class standing for the period of the scholarship, and (3) be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must submit an official (raised-seal) transcript and a 500-word essay on “Why a College Education is Still Relevant” with their scholarship application.

Application re-opens: August 2023


Scholarships are available for students majoring in all aspects of recreation, parks, park operations, natural resources management, recreation therapy, commercial recreation, tourism, community recreation, recreation/aquatic management, recreational sports management and recreation leadership. If you are not in a degree program of a related field, you must be actively working in a field mentioned above.

The Committee annually awards scholarships to junior, senior and graduate level students majoring in recreation, parks, leisure studies and closely related fields, throughout the state of California. Award amounts are generally between $1000 and $2000.


Undergraduate applicants must have completed or be enrolled in courses that add up to a minimum of 60 units with at least 12 units in their major.
Undergraduate students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in their major and cumulative GPA of 2.5

Application re-opens: August 2023

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) Foundation Scholarship

Self-nominated - open to all hospitality-related degree seeking students enrolled in a U.S. college or university
Students can apply directly to AHLAF to compete for the Hyatt Minority, American Express, Ecolab, Incoming Freshman, Banks Brown Graduate and Opening Doors to Opportunity Scholarships.
Students do not have to be attending AHLA Foundation affiliated schools, nor do they need to be nominated by their schools.
All hospitality students, regardless of where they attend school, have access to more than $500,000 in scholarships offered through the Foundation's self-nominated scholarships:
• Banks Brown Graduate Scholarship
• American Express
• Ecolab
• Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students
• Incoming Freshman
• Opening Doors to Opportunity

Application re-opens: November 2023

Friends of the California State Fair

Culinary, Hospitality, or Event Planning Major
• Have a declared program/major of Culinary Cooking or Hospitality Management or Event Planning
• Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Be a California resident with a valid ID
• Be enrolled in a four-year accredited college or university, a California culinary specialty school, or an
accredited community college in the state of California in the fall of 2023

Application re-opens: December 2023


Undergraduate Scholarships: Scholarship: $2,500 for a degree-seeking undergraduate


Current SHRM member
Enrolled in a degree-seeking undergraduate program
Degree program is HR-related
GPA of 3.0 or higher

Application re-opens: January 2024

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Scholarships

Scholarships beginning at $2,500


Any undergraduate student or individual ​enrolled or accepted as a full-time or part-time student at an accredited post-secondary institution
Any previous scholarship recipient
Anyone majoring in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality-related undergraduate post-secondary program
Anyone NOT related to any employees or family members of the National Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation or any State Restaurant Association

Application re-opens: January 2024

James Beard Foundation Scholarship

JBF offers three basic types of awards:
Scholarships: Cash grants applied to tuition (and sometimes other school-related expenses)
Tuition Waivers: Tuition waivers granted by educational institutions, which are renewable in some cases
Work Study Grants: Grants for working culinary professionals under the auspices of the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study program

Application re-opens: February, 2024

California Hotel and Lodging Association (CHLA)

The Foundation endeavors to identify and reward the best and brightest of the hospitality and tourism industry’s next generation of leaders. The Foundation asks students meeting certain basic requirements to complete and submit an application and other required information, write a short essay, and, if selected, appear before an industry interview panel.


Have earned a 2.75 overall GPA for all semesters and/or a 3.0 GPA for all completed culinary arts or hospitality and tourism management courses completed. -Must have verifiable hospitality industry work experience beyond required internships.

Application re-opens: February 2024

HSMAI Foundation Mike Dimond Scholarship Program

Two $1500 scholarships will be awarded annually to deserving degree-seeking students with the intention of pursuing careers in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, or Revenue Optimization. The funds are to be used for tuition. Recipients will be asked to work with the HSMAI Foundation through its programs to encourage other students to pursue careers in these fields.

Eligibility Criteria

Fully admitted as a student in an accredited post-secondary hospitality degree program.
Demonstrated hospitality work experience.
Intention to pursue a career in hospitality sales, marketing, or revenue optimization.
Good academic standing.
Application Requirements

Completed application form and resume.
Personal essay or presentation.
Contact information for two references.
Current transcripts will be required from finalists.

Criteria: HSMAIF Board Members will review each submission and consider the following:

Proven interest in and intention to pursue a career in hospitality sales, marketing, or revenue management
Involvement in HSMAI & other extracurricular involvement
Industry work experience
Applicant’s personal essay
Grade point average

Application re-opens: TBA

Les Dames d’Escoffier

The Chapter will offer scholarships aimed at assisting women in pursuing an education in the food, beverage and hospitality industries.  This is intended for anyone who currently resides in the Monterey Bay Region (Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo or Santa Cruz counties). 

            Food, Beverage, Hospitality Scholarship:

  1. Purpose: to encourage and promote motivated women from the Monterey Bay Region who plan to attend culinary, hospitality, or beverage training at a recognized culinary or hospitality school, community college, or university during the 2023-2024 school year.
  2. Requirements:
    1. Completed LDEI Scholarship Application (please see attached)
    1. Demonstrate the following in a written essay, two pages maximum:
      1. Commitment to an education and future career in the culinary, hospitality or beverage  fields
      1. Work/life experience
      1. Life and career goals
      1. Any other pertinent information about yourself that would help us learn about you and your motivations
      1. Proof of prior academic performance, if applicable. Minimum academic performance is a GPA of 3.5
    1. Proof of prior academic performance must be submitted to be considered for this scholarship.  If the scholarship recipient’s school or program does not issue grades, then we will determine a suitable standard of academic progress in accordance with both the recipient and school.
    1. Current resume
    1. Two personal or professional references (anyone other than a family member)


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