Scholarships for Students Interested in the Hospitality Industry

If you’re considering a major in hospitality, whether you’re interested in food-service, restaurants, or event planning, you’ll be happy to learn that there are quite a few hospitality scholarships you can submit applications to. These are only three out of the dozens that you may qualify for.

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NEWH Chapters Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

One type of award that is open to hospitality majors is the NEWH Chapters Scholarships. Often called “The Hospitality Industry Network,” NEWH’s Chapter Scholarships are only open to those schools that participate in the program. Awards are based on the chapters’ financial funds and will vary between geographical locations.

To apply for the Chapters Scholarships, students must be enrolled in college, be halfway through their degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher, demonstrate financial need, and, of course, be majoring in the hospitality field. Applying students must also include a student essay, letters of recommendation, and transcript. You can find applications at your participating college.

In addition to the Chapters Scholarships, NEWH also offers the Icon of Industry award. You will have to meet all the requirements of the Chapters Scholarships, but also have participated in an internship and have an emphasis in a specific aspect of the hospitality industry that changes from year to year. It awards $7,500.

Davidson and Jones Hotel Corporation Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: March 13, 2020

Every year, the North Carolina Hospitality Education Foundation (NC HEF) sponsors a variety of scholarships, one being the Davidson and Jones Hotel Corporation Scholarship. Current juniors enrolled in a North Carolina four-year hospitality or culinary program should consider this scholarship!

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CHLA Hospitality Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 31, 2020

The California Hotel & Lodging Association’s Hospitality Foundation offers its own scholarship for Californian students pursuing a career in hospitality. Interested students must submit a completed application, their transcript, and a cover letter. The Foundation then judges applications and selects finalists. Finalists go in for an interview, though an interview does not guarantee an award. Chosen winners must attend an awards event as well.

These are only three of the many scholarships that are available to you if you are majoring in the hospitality field. Broaden your search by using the many resources that are available to you, from your high school guidance counselor’s office to online scholarship databases to your college’s financial aid department. Remember not to restrict yourself to major related scholarships either; there may be hundreds out there that you quality for!

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