Various scholarship opportunities are available to tourism and hospitality students. They are based on need, academic achievement, and career aspirations. Some of these include: University sponsored scholarships, Statler Foundation, National Tour Foundation, American Society of Travel Agents, National Restaurant Educational Association, New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association, and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation.

  • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF)

    If you are enrolled in a U.S. undergrad or graduate hospitality degree program such as hotel/restaurant management, culinary arts, travel/tourism, or hotel administration, you're probably a candidate for an AH&LEF academic scholarship.
  • National Restaurant Educational Association

    This scholarship is for undergraduate students pursuing a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor degree in a restaurant and/or foodservice-related program.
  • New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association

    The Foundation offers scholarships to full-time and part-time students majoring in a hospitality related field. These include both college students and high school students, who are either working at member properties, or are dependents of employees working at member properties.
  • Tourism Cares

    Tourism Cares was formed by the combining of the National Tourism Foundation, founded by the National Tour Association in 1982, and the Travelers Conservation Foundation, founded in 1999 by the United States Tour Operators Association. Tourism Cares currently administers two scholarship programs.

  • CHTM Scholarship Database Updated on Apr. 8, 2013

    If you have any questions regarding the scholarships information, please feel free to contact Dr. van Harssel via e-mail at or call at (716) 286-8276. This document is updated periodically by Dr. van Harssel.

  • 2014 Taste of Buffalo Scholarships

    Current high school seniors residing in one of the eight counties in Western New York who intend to pursue a major in a culinary arts or hospitality curriculum are encouraged to apply for one of five $1,000 scholarships being offered by the Taste of Buffalo in 2013. Students will be evaluated based on academic achievement, experience, enthusiasm, recommendations, community involvement, goals and objectives, and overall interest.

    The eight counties of Western New York are: Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chatauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany.

    To apply students must submit the scholarship application, two letters of reference and a high school transcript.

    The application deadline is Wednesday, March 28, 2014. Winners will be notified by April 30, 2014. For more information, please contact Cherly Goldstone at

    Download the Scholarship Application

  • International Spa Association

    The International SPA Association Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the 2013 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship. The ISPA Foundation believes it is making a difference in providing a healing hand in today's stressful world. It is also building a foundation toward developing professionals who will make the world a healthier place to live. Central to this investment in the future is the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship. With the help of a wealth of donations via the ISPA Foundation, students interested in pursuing a career in spa management will be able to achieve their dreams. It is our hope that students touched by these scholarships will not only provide comfort and care to people who need it but serve as inspirations to others to join the spa profession.

    The ISPA Foundation's Mary Tabacchi Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who has completed at least one-year of college and is seeking a spa-related degree with a demonstrated interest in spa management. The recipient will receive $2,500 USD to offset education expenses, as well as registration, airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the ISPA Conference & Expo.

    For eligibility requirements and other information, visit ISPA’s Web site.

    Complete the online section of the application