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Scholarships for Current Students

Throughout each academic year, thousands of dollars in scholarships are available to students who are majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management. These scholarships all differ in regards to whether there is a specific GPA requirement, financial need, or work experience requirement. Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior standing, are also considered. The scholarships generally come in one of the following ways:

  • A company or organization gives money to the HTM department for the purpose of scholarships and either the department, or the department and donor decide on who will receive it.
  • The department receives scholarship application information from an association or other organization and notifies the student via e-mail and/or announcements in class about the applications and their requirements. The student can then download an application at a specific Web site. The student fills out the application(s) and returns it to the company offering the scholarship.
  • The department nominates students for awards and students must supply supporting information such as a current transcript, letters of recommendation, career statements, etc. When the student supplies the requested information, he/she is then nominated for the award.

Arthur J Packard Award

HTM nominates one student to be considered for a national scholarship selected by the AHLEF.
Criteria:  Enrolled full time, GPA 3.5, Sophomore/Junior when selected, U.S. citizen or permanent resident, interest in lodging. 

Cecil B. Day Award

HTM chooses three or four students who each receive a $1,000 scholarship awarded by the AHLEF. 
Criteria:  Enrolled full time, GPA 3.0, Sophomore/Junior when selected, U.S. citizen or permanent resident, interest in lodging.

IFMA Educational Foundation Scholarship

HTM chooses 2 students to receive a $5,000 scholarship

Criteria:  Junior/Senior class, firm commitment to a career in foodservice, strong academic record (3.5 GPA), financial need, participation in undergraduate activities or organizations that support career development

International Gold & Silver Plate Society Stipend

HTM  chooses one student to receive a $1,000 stipend.

Criteria:  Strong commitment to the foodservice/culinary industry, leadership qualities, and participating in a school sponsored internship when the stipend is awarded.

Irvine Travel

HTM chooses one student to receive a $750 scholarship.

Criteria:  Indiana resident, GPA 2.5, Junior/Senior when selected, interest in tourism.

Janet Bray

Criteria: Undergraduate, Contribution to student life in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Leadership in HTM student associations, Contribution to School activities, Academic Achievement, and Preference given to in-state students.

Travis Carpenter "Pursuit of Excellence" Scholarship

HTM chooses one student to receive a $500 scholarship.

Criteria: HTM students with foodservice emphasis and having completed at least 2 semesters in HTM, GPA 3.0, actively enrolled in at least one HTM organization, an officer position held on an executive board of an HTM club is preferred but not required, have completed at least 300 hours in the industry and HTM 302 course credit (may also be currently enrolled in HTM 302 having completed their internship hours the preceding summer), Internship must be involved with the foodservice portion of the industry.

U.S. Travel Association

ESTO Meredith Scholarship – a $5,000 scholarship award to an undergraduate student, concentrating in hospitality, marketing, communications, marketing, or journalism.

The following organizations provide scholarships directly to the students.  Continuing students should contact these organizations directly for details on scholarship requirements.

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation

Students apply directly to the American Hotel and Lodging Foundation. (Students or parents must work or have worked at an AHMA property.) Visit www.ahlef.org for information.

  • Deadline: February 1st

AH&LA Extended Stay Scholarship - Students apply directly to the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation. Student must have at least some experience either working or interning at a lodging property. Preference will be given to those applicants with experience at an extended stay property. Visit www.ahlef.org for scholarship requirements and to download an application.

ECOLAB - Students apply directly to the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation. Student must be actively employed full time (at least 35 hours per week) at hotel/motel that is a member of the AH&LA at the time of application. Visit www.ahlef.org for information

Catering Executive Club of America

CEC is comprised of hospitality industry professionals in Chicago that are committed to giving back to the community that cultivates the students who will shape the future of hospitality by gifting dedicated students with scholarships that generally range from $1000-$5000 each. Applications and additional information can be found on the CEC website www.cateringexecutives.org under scholarship information.

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Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)

Scholarships available through CMAA. Information available through Purdue CMAA student chapter or at www.clubfoundation.org (click on Scholarships and Grants).

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Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association

CHLA is currently accepting applications for the Karl Mehlmann Scholarship that is funded through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation and administered through CHLA. Applicants must have a Colorado residency and/or attending an AH&LEF affiliated school. See below for additonal requirements and information. www.coloradolodging.com/members

Grand Prix Ambassador & Scholarship Application

"Students Helping Students" General ScholarshipThe Grand Prix Foundation will select a certain number of general scholarship recipients.  This number may vary each year.  General scholarship recipients will receive $250, $500, or $750.  Please note that the application requirements vary for Ambassadors and general scholarship recipients.  Qualifications:

  1. The applicant must NOT be a member of the 2016 Purdue Grand Prix Foundation Senior or Junior Board.
  2. All applicants must currently have a minimum 2.75 Graduation GPA.  Ambassador applicants must possess a 3.0 Graduation GPA.
  3. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time student and will be enrolled as a full-time student for the 2016-2017 academic school year.  Full-time is defined as 12 credits or more.  May 2016 and December 2016 graduates are not eligible.
  4. Graduate students may apply if they will be a full-time graduate student during the 2016-2017 academic school year.  Full-time is defined as 9 credits or more.
  5. All parts of the application must be completed for the applicant to be considered.
  6. Past scholarship recipients are only eligible for the Ambassador position.  Past Ambassadors are not eligible for any Grand Prix awards.

Due Date: The completed application and all requested materials are due to the
Grand Prix office no later than Friday, February 26, 2016 at 4:30 P.M. The
Grand Prix office is located in Stewart Center, Room G2. If you prefer to email
your application, please send to both president@purduegrandprix.org and

HACU-Sodexo Internship and Scholarship Program

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is seeking Hospitality Management, Hotel & Restaurant Management, and Culinary Arts majors to apply for the Summer 2013 HACU-Sodexo Internship and Scholarship Program.  This is a paid summer internship where students intern at a Sodexo campus or hospital dining facility throughout the nation. Upon completion of the 10 week paid summer internship, interns will receive $2,500 scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year.  Minimum GPA is 3.0, must be an undergraduate student and eligible to work in the US. To receive program consideration apply online at:  www.hacu.net/hnip 

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Home Economists' Guild of Indianapolis

The Home Economists' Guild of Indianapolis is offering two $1000 scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year to college students who are Indiana residents and will be completing senior year, must be majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

HSMAI-Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International

The HSMAI Foundation, which has been providing scholarships to students pursuing a career in hospitality sales and marketing since 1983, awards merit scholarships to students pursuing Associate, Baccalaureate, or Graduate Degrees in the hospitality industry. 

Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association

On behalf of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, I want to inform you of the scholarship awards available to your hospitality management students from Illinois. Awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 are available to eligible Illinois residents pursuing degrees in hospitality management at your accredited college or university. We plan to award $46,000 this year and our scholarships are renewable, providing an opportunity to receive a minimum of $8,000 over four years.

Please encourage your students to apply. They should visit ihlaef.org/scholarships.cfm to download the application. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 15, 2015 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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Illinois Restaurant Association

Scholarship applications available for Illinois residents at www.illinoisrestaurants.org 

Indiana Meeting Planners International (IMPI)

Jack Langston CMP Scholarship, Student Scholarship and MPI Foundation Scholarship Program. Great for the student who is interested in meeting and event planning. Visit www.mpi-indiana.org for information and to download an application.

International Flight Services Association

Two scholarships (Tommy DePaola Scholarship Award and the Lois Campbell Scholarship Award) available through IFSA. A unique opportunity for an individual who is either a cancer survivor or has lost an immediate family member (parent or sibling) to cancer. Visit International Flight Services Association Member Links for an application  http://www.ifsanet.com/Default.aspx?tabid=170 

International Foodservice Editorial Council

For students preparing for a career in communications in the foodservice industry. Visit www.ifeconline.com 

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Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship

Applications will be accepted from individuals who are preparing for a career in destination management, length of the program may be one year or longer.  Visit this link for a scholarship application and requirements: http://adme.org/dmp/linda-thompson-memorial-scholarship.asp

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Mary Louise Foster Scholarship

Must be a current Sophomore or Junior in the College of Health and Human Sciences.  Minimum 2.5 GPA with preference given to those with a GPA above 3.0.  Must be an active member of at least one HHS student organization.  Applications will be available in February and can be obtained through the HHS Undergraduate Student Services Office in MTHW126. http://www.purdue.edu/hhs/student_services/student_life/student_council/documents/Mary_Louise_Foster_Scholarship.pdf

Madonna Warren Student Intern Award

Three ($600) scholarships are awarded to students who complete an internship at the Purdue Union Club Hotel. Spring, summer, and fall internships are available. The Madonna A. Warren Intern Program and Award applications are now available for the Summer – 2015, Fall – 2015, Spring – 2016, in the HTM Career, Center located in Marriott Hall, Room 135.

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National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is dedicated to providing scholarships for students who are pursuing an education and career in the restaurant industry.  Since 1997, the NRAEF has awarded more than $15 million in scholarships. 

Al Schuman Ecolab Entrepreneurial Scholarship - This was established to award scholarships to current qualified undergraduate students who are committed to their education and careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry while demonstrating a strong entrepreneurial spirit.  This scholarship is for students who attend a select list of schools (Purdue is on the list). 

Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani/Giacomo Bologna Scholarship -   The NRAEF and GRI will award six recipients an all-expense paid trip to Italy under the auspices of GRI.  The trip, from New York to Italy, will include travel, lodging, educational culinary/wine seminars and viticulture workshops.  To find out more, please visit www.nraef.org/scholarships

NACUFS Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors planning for a career in the foodservice industry and majoring in a foodservice related field of study. Visit www.nacufs.org for an application and criteria.

National Association of Catering Executives (NACE)

NACE is accepting applications. Students interested in applying can find additional information regarding the scholarship eligibility requirements and access the application at http://www.nace.net

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NEWH-Hospitality Industry Network Scholarship

Available to juniors, seniors, or students pursuing a career in the Hospitality Industry and have completed at least half of the requirements for a degree in which enrolled, must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Available to Ohio, Illinois, Indiana or Michigan students. Must show financial need & have eilgble outstanding debt for tution, books or supplies at the time of the award. Application available at www.NEWH.org

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Tourism Cares Scholarship

Tourism Cares awards up to 50 Academic Scholarships annually ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 for a total of up to $70,000. The Academic Scholarships benefit high school, undergraduate or graduate level students of travel, tourism, or hospitality related programs of study at accredited schools within the United States and Canada. For additional information and scholarship application, visit Tourism Cares

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United Capital Management & Mark Kent Scholarship Fund

Mark Kent announces that his family will set aside $1 Million to specifically aid undergraduate African-American and Hispanic students with designated Business or Nursing majors at the University of Miami, Florida International University, and Purdue University. His goal is to ensure educational resources for future generations to tackle the very pressing issues facing healthcare today. For additional information and to apply, please visit United Capital Management & Mark Kent Scholarship Fund.


Also check your home state's Hotel & Lodging Association or Restaurant Association websites for scholarship opportunities.

For more information, contact:

Jonathon Day, PhD, Scholarship Committee Chair
(765) 496-2084