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.

Women's Business Alliance Scholarship Program

The Women's Business Alliance of Choice Hotels in conjunction with the Choice Hotels International Foundation will award college scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to deserving females with an interest in or link to the hospitality industry. Both undergraduate and post-graduate students are eligible to apply for this award. Awards must be competed for annually. Current and past recipients of the award are eligible to re-apply for the award. Selection Criteria Requirements for Applicant Consideration Must be a female. Must be a legal resident of one of the 50 United States (or the District of Columbia). Must attend an accredited institution in the United States. Must be able to demonstrate an interest in the hospitality industry. Must submit a complete, signed application, with all supporting documentation. Exclusions for Applicant Consideration Must not receive 100% tuition reimbursement from an alternate source. Must not be an employee of Choice Hotels International, Inc. or its subsidiaries ("Choice Hotels"), or an immediate family member (spouse, parent, sibling, or child) or a household member of such employee.

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.

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.

The Letitia B. Carter Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria • Maryland resident • Applicant must be one of the following:  High school or college student  High school, college or corporate instructor/teacher  Hospitality industry professional • Applicant must be pursuing hospitality-related coursework. • Applicant must have applied to an RAMEF-recognized professional development program in hospitality or enrolled in a RAMEF recognized foodservice/hospitality program. • Interviews may be required for finalists This section is for high school and college students only: • A minimum, cumulative unweighted grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale • A minimum of 400 hours documented industry experience This section is for Instructors/Teachers and Industry applicants only: • A minimum of 1500 hours documented industry experience

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

Kansas I-70 Association Tourism & Hospitality Scholarship

Recipient to be an undergraduate student studying in the FHSU Tourism & Hospitality Program. Preference given to those willing to perform internship projects within the state of Kansas and applying from one of the Kansas I-70 membership communities.

CRAEF ProStart Scholarship

Awards scholarships to qualified students in foodservice/hospitality management programs. Applicants must have demonstrated strong interest in the foodservice/hospitality industry as evidenced through documentable work experience in the industry. Eligibility Criteria: Note: Any applications which do not meet the following criteria or are not legible will be automatically disqualified. • Be enrolled in the ProStart® program at your high school or in your school district • Be accepted into an approved postsecondary program, starting Fall • Have a minimum Final, Overall Grade Point Average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale • Have some documented industry-related work experience. Please Return: • Your Application, typed or printed clearly, indicating “N/A” (not applicable) when appropriate • An official high school transcript sent directly from high school to our offices • A Resume • Documentation of industry related work experience. • Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a current or previous employer. Teacher recommendations are also welcome. • A “Letter of Intent” stating that you are enrolled/enrolling in an accredited foodservice/hospitality related program for a minimum of 9 credit hours (ie: your college “acceptance” letter)

IFEC Scholarships for Foodservice Communication Careers

IFEC scholarships are intended to assist students pursuing careers as writers, editors, public relations and marketing communication practitioners and closely related areas within the foodservice industry. EligibilityTo be considered eligible for an award, a student must be currently enrolled and in good standing in a post-secondary, degree-granting educational institution in the U.S. and have an expected graduation date that is after December 31, 2011.The student must show evidence of training, skill and interest in both foodservice and the communication arts. The combination of studies and/or work experience in both the foodservice field and the communication arts is necessary. Applicants should have a strong academic record, good character references and demonstrate financial need. Majors considered applicable in the foodservice area include culinary arts, hotel, restaurant and institutional management, hospitality management, dietetics, nutrition, food science and technology, and related studies. Applicable majors in the communication area include journalism, public relations, mass communication, English, broadcast journalism, marketing, photography, graphic arts, and related studies.

NEWH Chapters Scholarships

Chapter scholarships are awarded annually based upon the following criteria: Standard Criteria: Attend an accredited institution of higher learning Competition of half of the requirements for a degree or certification in the program currently enrolled Show financial need Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher Have a career objective in one of the areas of the Hospitality Industry, such as Hotel/Restaurant Management, Culinary/Foodservice, Architecture, Interior Design Provide the following: Student Essay Transcript Letters of recommendation from Dept. Head, Professors, Advisor Letters of recommendation from industry professionals, employers, etc.

Simmons Scholarships

Must possess at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and provide transcripts from the last academic term OR if the applicant is re-entering school after time spend in the work force, submit a cover letter explaining why he/she is returning to school. Must be a resident, citizen or legal alien of the United States or Canada. The applicants for these awards must be graduate students pursuing a Masters or Doctorate degree with emphasis in travel and tourism.

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