HTM 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. 

White Family Scholars


The “White Family Scholars” scholarship aims to support students enrolled in HTM and committed to complete the HTM finance concentration. Recipients should be high achieving juniors and seniors with strong interests in both finance and hospitality. The scholarship will provide full fee and tuition scholarships for resident/non-resident students annually. Please submit materials to Maria Poynter via e-mail at 


  1. Enrolled in HTM and committed to completing the Finance Concentration.
  2. Must be junior or senior standing while receiving the scholarship. (The selection process will be in the Spring semester so applicants should be sophomore or junior standing when applying.)
  3. Applicants need to provide a recent resume and complete the application form and the required essay. The essay should cover the points listed below.
    1. Describe your commitment to a career in the finance related fields in the hospitality industry and your reasons for doing so. You may include academic records, student organization activities, or industry experience.
    2. Describe to the HTM Scholarship Committee why you should be granted the scholarship.
  4. Both U.S. and international students can apply.

Arthur J Packard Award

HTM will nominate one student to be considered for a national scholarship selected by the AHLA. Please submit materials to Maria Poynter via e-mail at 

Criteria: Enrolled full time, GPA 3.5, Sophomore/Junior when selected, U.S. citizen or permanent resident, interest in lodging. 

AHLA Foundation Scholarships

The exact amount and number of recipients depend on AHLA Foundation's annual allocation. We typically receive two to four scholarships between $1,500 and $3,000. Please submit materials to Maria Poynter via e-mail at 

Criteria: Enrolled full time, GPA 3.0, Sophomore/Junior when selected, U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and interested in lodging.  Recipients must take at least 12 credit hours while receiving the scholarship.

IFMA (International Foodservice Manufactures Association) Educational Foundation Scholarship

The number and amount of recipients will depend on IFMA's annual allocation. Please submit materials to Maria Poynter via e-mail at 

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. US Citizenship or permanent residence not required.

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 and has completed a hotel or lodging related internship or work experience. The scholarship is for up to $25,000 per school year. Please submit materials to Maria Poynter via e-mail at 

The following organizations provide (self-apply) scholarships directly to the students.  Continuing students should contact these organizations directly for details on scholarship requirements.

NEWH Chicago Chapter-The Hospitality Industry Network Scholarship

NEWH Chicago Chapter is awarding scholarships to students pursuing a major and career objective within the Hospitality Industry (interior design, hospitality management, culinary, etc.). NEWH chapters and regional groups across the U.S., Canada and the UK award scholarships annually based on the below scholarship criteria:

  • Actively enrolled students: 2-year program freshman and above, 4-year sophomore/second year and above, or graduate level attending college in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
  • 3.0 GPA (cumulative), overall "B" average, or grade percentage of 83% - 86% equivalent 
  • Financial need through college for past, current, or upcoming tuition or program approved books/supplies
  • Major and career objective within a hospitality related field (interior design, hospitality management, culinary, etc.)
  • Get Connected: 
  • 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: 
  • Scholarship Application information, click here
  • Scholarship Flyer with information, click here
  • Deadline:  Applications must be received by July 7, 2022

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

As in previous years, we are again launching a Call for Applications for the 2022 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships. ThinkSwiss is a scholarship program funded by SERI. It is managed by the Science Office at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. The aim of the program is to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for American students and to foster exchange between Swiss and U.S. universities and research institutions.

You can find more information on the ThinkSwiss Scholarship program on our website: We have also attached a flyer with a QR code here leading to our website and a document that includes relevant information for applicants such as FaQ here.

The application deadline is January 15, 2022.


Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) Award

The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) awards two scholarships annually.  The Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who are preparing for a career in Destination Management.  Up to two (2) scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $2500 USD each. 

What is a DMC?

A Destination Management Company (DMC) is a professional services company located in its destination and specializes in local expertise and resources. The DMC is a strategic partner to provide creative local experiences in event management, tours/activities, transportation, entertainment, and program logistics.

Please send your students to the 2021 Scholarship Application page to apply. 

 Applicants must include:

  • A resume
  • A letter of recommendation from either a professor or a professional in the meetings industry.
    (The letter, in English, should verify their commitment and ability to complete the educational program, experience in the event management industry, whether volunteer or paid, and aptitude to deal with the demands of the Destination Management profession.)
  • An essay, in English, of at least 250 words that explains:
    • their interest in the Destination Management / Event Management Industry;
    • their knowledge or experience in the Destination Management / Event Management field;
    • how receiving this scholarship would help them achieve their goals;
    • and, their thoughts and experiences with a recent event they have attended.  

 Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a committee of Destination Management professionals during the month of November.  The scholarships will be announced in December and again at the 2021 ADMEI Annual Conference which will be held virtually in February 2021.   Scholarship recipients need not be present to accept their award, however, if they choose to participate in annual conference, they will receive complimentary registration courtesy of ADMEI. 

AHLA Foundation 

Students apply directly to the AHLA Foundation. (Students or parents must work or have worked at an AHMA property.) Visit ALHA Foundation Academic Scholarship Application ( for information.

  • Deadline: March 15, 2022 (extended from February 15)

AH&LA Extended Stay Scholarship - Students apply directly to the AHLA 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 AHLA 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:

Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)

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

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 upcoming Summer - 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 upcoming 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 Economist Guild of Indianapolis is offering two (2) $1,000 scholarships for the 2022-23 school year to college students at Ball State University, Indiana State University, Indiana University or Purdue University.

The student must be a resident of Indiana, working on a first undergraduate degree and graduating in Summer (August) 2022, Winter (December) 2022 or Spring (May) 2023 (i.e. a student who will be finishing their senior year of undergraduate studies). Evaluation criteria will be based on scholarship, leadership, financial need and a fully completed application form.

The scholarship award may be issued to a qualified applicant who is majoring in one of the following listed areas: Apparel (Fashion) Design; Apparel (Fashion) Merchandising; Child Development; Dietetics; Family & Consumer Sciences; Family & Consumer Science Education; Family Studies & Human Development; Foods & Nutrition Sciences; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Interior Design; or Textiles.


Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Foundation (IHLAEF)

On behalf of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (IHLAEF), we want to inform you of the scholarship awards available to your hospitality management students from Illinois. Scholarship Awards begin at $1,000 per academic year with application accepted in the spring, and awarded for the start of the fall semester. They are available to eligible Illinois residents pursuing hospitality management degrees at your accredited college or university. We encourage your students to apply and make sure they are aware of the great benefits listed below.   

And the online application process IS NOW OPEN through May 24 to be considered for funding for the 2021-2022 school year.

We encourage your students to apply via:

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 here for more information.

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: Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship application

Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a committee beginning on November 1.

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. The application deadline is usually in mid-April.  Visit here for more information.

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



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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