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 (International Foodservice Manufactures Association) Educational Foundation Scholarship

HTM chooses 3 students to receive a $5,000 scholarship

Criteria:  Junior/Senior class, firm commitment to a career in foodservice, strong academic record (3.0 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 Memorial Scholarship

Intrested in a career in tourism.

Criteria: Junior or Senior standing in the semester the scholarship is awareded. GPA of 2.5 or higher. Indiana resident.

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.

Statler Foundation: Scholarship of Excellence

Criteria: U.S. Citizen entering their 3rd or 4th year. Strong (G.P.A) Academics, Leadership and Student Engagement, Commitment to Hospitality and Lodging.  Must be enrolled full time in Hospitality Management Program. The scholarship is for up to $15,000 per school year.

U.S. Travel Association/Meredith Scholarship

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

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 for information.

  • Deadline: 

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 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 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 under scholarship information.

  • Deadline:

Charles O McGaughey Leadership Award 2019-2020

The awards are made possible by an endowment from the late Charles O. McGaughey, a 1939 graduate of Purdue University. The awards are intended to honor Purdue undergraduate students who show leadership abilities and “appreciation for basic American values.” For application and eligibleity go on line to:

Charles O. McGaughey Leadership Award 2019-2020 

The selection committee anticipates making multiple awards of at least $2000 each.

The deadline for submitting applications and letters of reference is 10:00 pm, February 8, 2019. Direct questions to 

Class of 1937 Scholarship

The application for the Class of 1937 Scholarship is now available on-line. Please follow this link Class of 1937 Scholarship 2019-2020 

Applicants are required to arrange to have two letters of recommendation submitted directly to the selection committee from faculty, staff, or community members who can speak to your leadership abilities and potential.

The deadline for submitting applications and letters of reference is 10:00 pm, February 8, 2019. Direct questions to

Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)

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

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.

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: 

Home Economists' Guild of Indianapolis

The Home Economists' Guild of Indianapolis is offering two $1000 scholarships for the 2019-2020 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

*updated scholarship*

On behalf of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, I want to inform you of the 2017 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 hospitality management degrees at your accredited college or university. Our scholarships are renewable, providing an opportunity to receive a minimum of $7,000 over four years. Please encourage your students to apply and make sure they are aware of the great benefits listed below.   

*Incoming college freshman & community college students may receive a minimum scholarship amount of $1,000.Please encourage your students to apply. Visit to download applications. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 10, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year.  

Illinois Restaurant Association

Scholarship applications available for Illinois residents at 

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 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 

International Foodservice Editorial Council

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

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:

Mary Tabacchi ISPA Scholarship (new)

International Spa Association/Mary Tabacchi Scholarship. We fund a student or two who has/have a strong analytical, business or science background.  The winner receives $5000 for tuition at the student’s university– expenses and registration paid to Las Vegas where ISPA has its annual conference.  In addition the students will be mentored and honored by leaders in the wellness/spa industry.  This is a growing industry – now worth about 3 trillion $ -a great place for students in hospitality.Please use the link to apply

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. Scholarship application

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 – 2017, Fall – 2018, Spring – 2017, in the HTM Career, Center located in Marriott Hall, Room 135.

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

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 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

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

  • NEWH Chicago scholarships are open; deadline to apply 9.12.19
  • Open to hospitality major students (culinary, interior design, etc.) attending college in: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
  • Awarding up to $45,000 in scholarships!
  • Open to International students
  • NEW: Students can apply online:
  • Students do not need to be a member to apply for our scholarships however, membership is free to full-time educators and students
  • Questions or to submit application/documents:

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

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:

Hugo Tang, Scholarship Committee Chair
(765) 494-4733 

Hospitality & Tourism Management, 900 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, PH:(765) 494-4643, Fax: (765) 494-0327

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