Travel & Tourism Scholarships

Here are some of the Travel & Tourism scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

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.

Department of Management and Marketing Scholarship

Eligibility: 1. Management, Marketing, or Tourism and Hospitality Management major with junior standing. 2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0. 3. Awarded on basis of need, when possible.

Pouhana Hokele Scholarship

Student must be of Hawaiian ancestry and majoring in travel industry management. This award is renewable for up to four years. This scholarship is a partnership between the Hawai’i Hotel Industry Foundation and the Ke Ali`i Pauahi Foundation of the Kamehameaha Schools. For information and an application, see

NCRLA High School Students Scholarships

Eligibility: * Applicants must be high school seniors who plan to enroll (or are already enrolled) in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school in North Carolina. * Applicants must be pursuing culinary arts, hospitality management, or tourism. * Applicants must be permanent NC residents. * Up to 10 awards are available. * Recipients in two-year degree programs will receive $750 the first year. Awards are renewable once provided students maintain full-time enrollment in the major and satisfactory academic performance. Renewal awards will be $1,000 each. * Recipients in four-year programs will receive $1,500. Awards are not renewable, however, students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

CRAEF Scholarship

CRAEF scholarships are competitive and awarded to qualified applicants based on an application, an essay, previous experience and an interview. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Top applicants will be contacted for an interview with the CRAEF scholarship panel, comprised of educators and industry leaders, by e-mail or phone six to eight weeks after the deadline. Scholarships will be awarded in two payments following proof of enrollment in two semesters. The first half of the scholarship is paid in early September and is made payable to the school financial aid office. The second check is paid to the student for the spring semester, once proof of enrollment with nine or more credit hours and minimum grade point average requirement are submitted. To qualify for a CRAEF 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 a minimum of nine credit hours at an accredited postsecondary school have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale be enrolled or will enroll in two consecutive semesters or terms 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. REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION TO BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR SIGNED APPLICATION: An essay, which must be typed and double-spaced. A copy of the applicant’s program curriculum from a college catalog or website with the major or degree, the number of credit hours and all degree requirements shown. A high school or college transcript. Transcripts don’t have to be a sealed official copy, but must be from the school. Proof of the required restaurant and hospitality industry work experience as listed above. Proof can be given in the form of scanned paycheck stubs or a scanned letter from an employer verifying hours worked. Do not send copies of a W-2. Two letters of recommendation from current or previous employers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

ABA Diversity Scholarship

Scholarship Details 1 Scholarship, open to ABA Members @ $2,500 each This scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally under represented groups in the management and operation ranks of the transportation, travel, and tourism industry. Eligible candidates must have completed, at a minimum, their first year of college at an accredited university; must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the transportation, travel, and tourism industry; and must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Diversity Scholarship Selection Process Winners are judged on their high level of academic achievement, character, leadership, financial need, and commitment to advancing the transportation, travel, and tourism industry. 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. Those applicants affiliated with ABA-member companies receive additional consideration to those who are not affiliated with ABA-members. All applicants are notified of the competition results in May. An impartial selection committee of educators is responsible for ranking and choosing the winners. Online Application (January - April Only)

Jack Millar Scholarship

Student must be enrolled full-time at the University of Hawaii’s Maui College and majoring in travel industry hotel/lodging management programs. Two students will each be awarded $1,000. Contact the Maui College scholarship office at (808) 984-3343 for information.

EF FCSI Scholarship

To apply for an EF FCSI Scholarship you must meet the following: 1. Currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university with hospitality/foodservice as your major. 2. Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point (GPA) on a scale of 4.0. 3. Have completed an internship or have a minimum of 3-years of practical work/education in hospitality industry. 4. Completely and honestly complete the application. 5. Include a cover letter stating your intended use of the award, including a list of extracurricular activities and organizations outside of school and your personal statement of career goals related to hospitality and a short autobiography. Must be no more than two pages in length, typed double space. The completed Application must include: 1. Application completed in full 2. Supporting documents 3. Two recommendations a. Letter of recommendation by a FACULTY Member or INSTRUCTOR b. Letter of recommendation from an EMPLOYER or INDUSTRY SPONSOR 4.Official transcript of grades from the educational institution where you are currently enrolled (if undergraduate must have completed two years of study. Selection Criteria 1. The Board of Directors of the FCSI Division selects scholarship recipients based on scholarship achievements and letters of recommendation. 2. The amount to be awarded will depend on the amount of scholarship funds available and the number of requests received 3. Past recipients are eligible to reapply, however new applicants will be given preference.

AH&LEF Incoming Freshman Scholarship

The Foundation recently established a scholarship exclusively for incoming freshmen interested in pursuing hospitality-related undergraduate programs. The program is being funded from scholarship monies set aside from AH&LEF’s last major capital giving fundraising initiative, the New Century Campaign. Preference will be given to any applicant who is a graduate of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute’s AHLEI Lodging Management Program (LMP), which is a two-year high school hospitality program. Awards: Baccalaureate Majors $2,000 Associate Majors $1,000 Eligibility: • Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident • Preference will be given to high school graduates of the LMP • If an applicant is not certain which college or university he/she will be attending at the time of application, confirmation of acceptance and enrollment must be forwarded to AH&LEF by July 1

Lyle & Grace Guslander Scholarship

Student must be enrolled full-time at Kauai Community College and majoring in travel industry hotel/lodging management programs. Two students will each be awarded $1,000. Contact the Kauai Community College scholarship office at (808) 245-8311 for information.

Arkansas Tourism and Hospitality Education Foundation Scholarship

Every year, the Arkansas Hospitality Association, along with the assistance of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), offers a co-branded scholarship to individuals who are interested in pursuing a hospitality-related degree. Scholarship monies range from $500-$2,000 and are based on criteria included in the application. The proceeds from the annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism Silent and Live Auctions are donated to the Arkansas Tourism Development Foundation, to help fund the scholarships that are given out annually to students pursuing hospitality industry degrees. Without these auctions, this scholarship could not be the success that it is today! 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: 1.) Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and a resident of Arkansas 2.) Be a graduating high school student that has been accepted and enrolled into an AHA-approved Hospitality Program accredited culinary school, college, or university OR currently enrolled full-time or substantial part-time (minimum of 9 credit hours) in an AHA-approved Hospitality Program accredited culinary school, college, or university 4.) Be enrolled for two consecutive terms, not entering your last semester before graduating 5.) Students who are enrolled in an Internship Prep class will NOT be processed due to lack of credit hours STEP #2: Gather all the required documentation To be considered for a scholarship, your application packet must include the following: For entering Freshman: 1.) A minimum of two letters of recommendation from persons in the hospitality industry and/or instructors. 2.) An official high school transcript for students entering their first year of higher education. 3.) Entering freshman will need to supply a copy of your acceptance letter to a postsecondary hospitality program stating your intended program of study. 4.) Entering freshman will need to supply proof of enrollment. General awards require a minimum 2.5 GPA. For returning postsecondary students: 1.) A minimum of two letters of recommendation from persons in the hospitality industry and/or hospitality instructors. 2.) An official college transcript for returning postsecondary students. 3.) Proof of enrollment. General awards require a minimum 2.5 GPA. STEP #3: Complete the application Complete and sign the application form

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