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.

  • LionsDeal - Restaurant and Kitchen Wholesale Scholarship

    LionsDeal is offering a bi-annual scholarship to students enrolled in a U.S or Canadian college/university who are pursuing careers in the food service and hospitality industry in addition to nutrition, business management and marketing. This scholarship requires an essay submission, and the winning applicants will receive $1,200 USD each towards their costs of education. The deadline for receiving scholarship submitted applications will occur bi-annually, on July 15th for the July 31st scholarship and on January 15th for the January 31st scholarshipAll of the application details and the essay question are outlined on our website here.

  • WebstaurantStore Biannual Culinary & Hospitality Scholarship

    The WebstaurantStore Biannual Culinary & Hospitality Scholarship has been awarded since 2015. Twice a year, we award a one-time grant to students currently enrolled in or planning to attend a culinary arts or hospitality management program.

    Deadlines for each semester are December 1st and June 15th annually.

    We've set up this scholarship in order to support the next generation of innovative chefs and restaurant managers, all of whom are such a critical part of WebstaurantStore's success. The scholarship is open to all students who are currently enrolled in culinary or hospitality programs, as well as high school seniors, GED students, and non-traditional learning students who plan to enroll in similar programs at the start of the next year. The winning applicant will receive $1,500 towards the cost of their education. Additional details can be found on our scholarship page.

    The WebstaurantStore  is the nation’s leading online restaurant supply store with employees, offices, and distribution centers in seven states. We provide restaurant supplies and equipment to the foodservice industry as well as individual customers worldwide. With thousands of available products and over six million orders shipped, we are dedicated to fostering the next generation of hospitality and foodservice professionals. The WebstaurantStore offers this scholarship as a sign of our commitment to the hospitality community.

  • NEWH New York Chapter Scholarships

    Founded in 1984, NEWH is an international non-profit organization, which provides access to the hospitality industry through scholarships, mentorship, and education. NEWH scholarship alumni boast careers in hospitality design, development, hotel management, operations, and culinary, around the world.

    Click here for details.

    Scholarship application packet can be found here.

    Application Deadline: May 11th, 2018

    Submit all questions by email to:

  • KaTom Restaurant Supply Culinary Arts and Hospitality Scholarship

    Who - Current or future culinary arts and hospitality students.
    What - $1,500 grant to one student for their fall semester.  The grant will be paid to the recipient's educational institution for use to cover expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year.
    When - Applications are due by May 1, 2018.  The winner will be notified on May 15, 2018.
    Where - All should be completed online at 

  • 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.

    Application deadline is April 17th, 2018.

    Application instruction can be found here.

  • AHLEF Hospitality Scholarship Opportunities

    Apply online at or

    The application deadline is April 15th.

  • Tourism Cares

    Tourism Cares offers up to 29 merit-based academic scholarships, with awards ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 each and totaling up to $62,000. Eligibility requirements include undergraduate students pursuing degrees in travel, tourism or hospitality in two or four year programs, as well as graduate students with a concentration in travel or tourism. Eligible students must be pursuing degrees at colleges and universities located in the United States or Canada. Some awards also have residency or citizenship requirements.

    Students receiving Tourism Cares scholarships will be invited to participate in the Tourism Cares Mentoring Program at the NTA Travel Exchange, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in November, 2018, where students will be paired with industry professionals to learn hands-on sales and marketing tactics, build their professional networks, and learn about career opportunities.

    The application deadline is Sunday, April 1, 2018.

    Tourism Cares has been investing in the future of the travel industry workforce since 1982, offering scholarships and mentoring programs to ensure that the best talent enters the travel industry, stays and excels to better serve the traveling public and our communities. Over $1 million in endowed scholarship funds were established by individual and corporate donors as well as the travel and tourism industry associations NTA, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and the International Association of Travel Agents Network (IATAN).

    About Tourism Cares

    Tourism Cares, Inc., a US 501(c)(3) public charity, maximizes travel’s potential to be a global force for good by leveraging the care that travelers and the industry feel for the places we love.  We unite the travel industry to make a greater impact on shared priorities, and to help each company fulfill its giving goals. Together, with leading travel and tourism companies and associations, we make a greater difference on three shared issues: helping destinations in need, supporting our workforce, and improving our corporate social responsibility. Learn more at and @TourismCares. 

  • 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.

    Application deadline is April 1st.

    Apply online here.

  • New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

    The New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NYSRAEF) – WNY Chapter is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students who demonstrate a keen interest in and commitment to the hospitality industry. Applicants must be residents of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, or Wyoming County and must have been admitted to a post-secondary school where they will major in a hospitality-related field. The completed and signed application with transcripts must be mailed and postmarked by March 15, 2018.

  • NYSTIA Scholarship Award

    $1,500 Scholarship Award

    Presented by the New York State Tourism Industry

    Application Deadline is April 24, 2018.   

    Apply online at

  • International Society of Travel & Tourism Educators (ISTTE) Scholarship

    The ISTTE Scholarship Committee will present four (4) $500.00 awards to four (4) students affiliated with ISTTE member schools during the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Deadline to submit is: TBA

    An application form is posted here.