Hospitality Management Scholarships

The college major of hospitality management also goes by the name hotel, restaurant and tourism management. In this field you'll learn all about the art and science of hospitality from a number of professional perspectives and dynamics. To succeed at this major, you'll need to be good with people and have strong business and creative skills. Continue reading to find out more about this field and about hospitality management scholarships.

Degree candidates in a hospitality management degree program can expect to enroll in core courses such as management principles, human relations, marketing,  food service operations, hospitality law and ethics, geography of tourism and event planning and management. Along with your core courses, you'll most likely also face one or more internships. Here you will work in a supervised capacity in some segment of the hospitality industry for course credit. This will allow you to get valuable professional experience and also make important industry contacts.

In addition to internships, many programs offer a study-abroad option. This can be an important experience for majors in this field because of the role travel and exotic locations play in the world of hotels, tourism and hospitality. Some programs also offer concentrations for hospitality majors. Examples of these concentrations can include club and restaurant management, hotel management, casino management and service management.

The career outlook for hospitality majors is somewhat mixed. This is an industry that fluctuates as our economy fluctuates. When economic times are tough, people tend to vacation less. Also, the rise of the Internet has effected this industry through technological advancements and Web-based travel planning. Still, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increase in career opportunities over the coming decade. Job opportunities should be most plentiful for those willing to relocate and those with a broad familiarity with technology.

Explore the links below to find out more about the possibilities involved with hospitality management scholarships.

David J. Hallissey Memorial Scholarship

This internship was created for the purpose of encouraging research in the field of tourism. This internship takes place in the Washington Metro area. Candidates must possess at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and provide transcripts from the last academic term. Must be a resident, citizen or legal alien of the United States or Canada. The candidate must be either an undergraduate or graduate student of tourism in a college, university or proprietary travel school and submit proof of such.

$5,000 NEWH Hospitality Scholarship, sponsored by HI Connect

Scholarship criteria: o Must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college o Must have completed half the requirements for an undergraduate degree or be enrolled in a graduate program o Must show financial need and have eligible outstanding debt through college for tuition, books or supplies at time of scholarship award in Spring and Fall o Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA o Must be pursuing a career objective in Hospitality Management   

IRA Educational Foundation Scholarship Program

Applicant Qualifications To qualify for a scholarship, you must:  Be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois  Be accepted and plan to enroll in an accredited culinary school, college or university  Enrolled as a full-time or substantial part-time student, taking a minimum of 9 credit hours each term.  Major in a culinary, restaurant management or foodservice related program Required Documentation To be considered for a scholarship, your application packet must include the following: 1. Signed hard copy of application (typed and fully complete). You may type into the application if your form shows blue boxes that you can type your text into. If not, the document must be printed and then typed. 2. Official transcripts: o Graduating high school seniors: unofficial copies are acceptable, until official copies are released. o Current college students: transcript must be sent for all academic institutions attended. 3. One essay (250 words minimum) 4. Two signed recommendation forms. The letters must be on company or school letterhead. You may submit one additional recommendation.  One from an employer or industry professional  One from an instructor in the restaurant and or foodservice industry must be included. 5. Photocopied documentation of honors and achievements 6. A copy of the acceptance letter from a culinary school, college or university. 7. Verification of work experience. Work experience can include any paid employment, volunteer experiences, community service hours, or kitchen/lab experience as part of your education. You will be judged on the work hours that are verified by the following documents. No other documents will be accepted.  Copies of paycheck stubs. Do not send copies of W-2 forms;  A letter from your employer, supervisor, or teacher verifying your total work hours. It must be on company or school letterhead. The number of work hours must be include. 8. Documentation sent separately (such as transcripts, references) from the application must be postmarked by the application deadline or your application will be disqualified.

Hospitality Majors/ Marriott Scholars Program

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must be studying a major that falls under the Hospitality Majors Application

California Hotel & Motel Education Scholarship

Applied Sciences & Arts - Hospitality Management Program Award: Annual Criteria: Call number below. Official transcript from the previous semester must be sent directly by the school to the foundation. For more information: 408-924-3197

American Express Academic Scholarship Program

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements: be a full-time student at a four-year institution OR a part-time student at a four year institution OR be a full- or part-time student at a two-year institution, and be actively employed (at least 20 hours per week) at a hotel or motel that is a member of AH&MA at the time of application and have a minimum of 12 months' employment in a hotel OR be the dependent of an employee who meets the previous requirement and have past employment in some capacity in the hospitality industry. In addition, those applying for academic scholarships must be enrolled or be planning to enroll as an undergraduate in a hospitality management program offered by a university or college.

Cal Stamenov Scholarship

This scholarship is for any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality related major.

National Restaraunt Association Educational Foundation Scholarship

Criteria: 1.) Must be a current major in a restaurant or foodservice/ hospitality program. 2.) Must be enrolled in a college or univeristy on a full-time or part-time basis. 3.) Must have a 2.75 GPA. 4.) Must have at least 750 hours of foodsevice experience. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani/Giacomo Bologna Scholarship

STEP #1: Make sure you are qualified for this scholarship. Please read through the qualifications below. If you don’t meet ALL of these qualifications you are not eligible to apply.To be eligible to apply, you must:· Be a citizen or permanent resident* of the United States of America· Be an undergraduate student who is currently enrolled full-time in an accredited culinary school, college, or university· Demonstrate a commitment to Italian Viticulture· Have at least two years of culinary experience and/or viticulture training, working directly with a chef in the preparationof food or with a sommelier. This experience must be supported by two letters of recommendation by culinary professional who can attest to your talent, interest and experience.STEP #2: Complete the required essay for the Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani/Giacomo Bologna ScholarshipThis essay is required as part of the scholarship application packet and must be submitted with your printed and signed application and other required documents as outlined in these instructions. The essay must be typed, double-spaced and have a maximum of 750 words. Please put your name at the top of each page of your essay. Your essay must address each item in the essay question.Essay Question:Item 1: How do you feel this program will enhance your current knowledge of Italian food, wine, and overall gastronomicculture?Item 2: In your opinion, what is the perception of Italian cuisine in the U.S.? Are most Americans able to distinguish between“authentic” and “imitation”?Item 3: How will you utilize this experience to further carry out the GRI mission?STEP #3: Complete the online application form at, print and sign the online application form.Please check the website for more information.

Letitia B. Carter Scholarship

Presented by the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation in memory of former CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland. This competitive scholarship is awarded to Maryland residents interested in pursuing hospitality-related coursework. It is available to high school students and college students as well as high school, college or corporate instructors and current hospitality industry professionals. ($500 - $2000 scholarship pool) Eligibility Criteria: • Maryland resident • High school senior or college student • High school, college or corporate instructor • Hospitality industry professional • Must be pursuing hospitality related coursework • Interviews may be required of finalists • A minimum cumulative unweighted grade point average of 3.0 (High School and College Students Only) • A minimum of 400 hours documented industry experience (High School and College Students Only) • A minimum of 1500 hours documented industry experience (Instructors, Teachers and Industry Applicants only) Complete Sections 1-8 for the Letitia B. Carter Scholarship and complete Essay 2.

The Ryan Wells Foundation Scholarship

Sponsor: The Ryan Wells FoundationAmount: 1 or more scholarships of $1,000 or moreUse: Culinary or Hospitality at a Vo-tech to a four year collegeCriteria: 1. Student must enter into a culinary or Hospitality program.2. The students G.P.A. must be a 2.53. The student must have completed at least 3 semesters of culinary or hospitality courses.4. School and Community involvement a must.Special Requirements: Write an essay containing the following items:- What are your future plans in the culinary or hospitality industry?- Please outline your college plans.- Immediately after you graduate from college, what are plans to pursue your future?Please e-mail the essay to:

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