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Take advantage of these scholarships to kick start your hospitality career.

MCHA Hospitality & Tourism Scholarship Opportunities

(updated Nov. 2022)
Most scholarships are offered every year.
Please check individual websites to verify deadlines.

American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF)

Self-Nominated Scholarships:  

  • Eco-lab Scholarship-$2,000
  • Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students-$3,000
  • Incoming Freshman Scholarship-$4,000
  • Opening Doors to Opportunity
    • Scholarship-$7,500 for full-time enrollment,
    • $3,750 for the fall semester only


A few have minimum GPA requirements -Others are open to full- or part-time students -All require enrollment in a hospitality management degree program

American Institute of Wine & Food - Monterey Bay Chapter

American Institute of Wine & Food- San Diego Chapter (AIWF)

AIWF 2021 Scholarships for Study in 2022:

  • The scholarships typically range from $500 to $2,000  
  • The application must be completely filled out, along with the statement, resume, and at least two letters of recommendation in order to be considered:  


Scholarships are only awarded to people who are connected to San Diego by school, work, or recent involvement in food or wine/beverage in the area.

California Hotel & Lodging Association

CHLA Hospitality Foundation Scholarship:

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

Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI)

Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship:

The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) awards two scholarships annually.  One scholarship will be awarded to a North American student and the other to a student studying hospitality management outside North America. 


The Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who are preparing for a career in Destination Management.

California Foundation for Parks and Recreation (CFPR)

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

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

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

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

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

California Restaurant Foundation (CRF)

Each year, the Foundation awards dozens of scholarships to deserving high school seniors and undergraduate students who dream of pursuing higher education to study the foodservice and hospitality industries. 

General Scholarship 

Up to $2,000 for 2-year degree programs 
Up to $4,000 for 4-year degree programs 
What you’ll need: work experience hours, min 2.5 GPA, essay 

Guy Fieri Scholarship

$3,000 – $5,000 
Submit a 30-second video or 2 photos with captions answering the question: what inspires you?
What you’ll need: work experience hours, min 2.5 GPA

Wienerschnitzel / Galardi Group, Inc. Scholarship

Minimum $2,000
Do you or immediate family member work for Wienerschnitzel, Hamburger Stand, or Galardi Group? Apply for a scholarship!

Available in January


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