Hilton Worldwide has made a gift of $100,000 to the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation to support the educational development of students pursuing an undergraduate degree in hospitality management. The gift will be paid over the next four years in installments of $25,000 annually and benefit AH&LEF’s Annual Scholarship Program.
As the Foundation’s largest scholarship program, the Annual Scholarship Grant Program is co-administered with 83 universities and colleges nationwide that are affiliated with AH&LEF. Each year, the participating schools are allocated a scholarship grant in which they select the individual students on their campuses to be recipients of the scholarship monies based on a set of minimum eligibility criteria designated by AH&LEF.
“Hilton Worldwide is committed to the growth and development of our future leaders,” said Michael C. Ford, vice president, global diversity & inclusion, Hilton Worldwide. “The hospitality industry offers a host of career opportunities both domestically and globally and we’re excited to partner with AH&LEF to support interested students.”
Periodically AH&LEF requires existing schools to reapply and new schools can submit applications for participation. This year AH&LEF is accepting school applications through June 1, 2011. With this generous contribution, AH&LEF may be able to add to the number of participating schools, as well as increase funding allocations to some existing schools. AH&LEF currently administers 10 scholarship programs. The deadline date for student applications is May 1, 2012. This year, it is anticipated that the Foundation will disburse approximately $400,000 in scholarships.
“We applaud this commitment to the lodging industry and look forward to our partnership with Hilton Worldwide to create a better future for the lodging industry,” said Joori Jeon, AH&LEF president and chief operations officer. “These Hilton Worldwide scholarships will have a significant impact for many future hoteliers.”