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There are many scholarships sponsored by the Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism industries. Current opportunities are listed below but check back often as this page is continually updated!

California Restaurant Association

The CRAEF has given over $1 million in scholarships. High school seniors and undergraduates are eligible to apply online.
Application Deadline: April 15

Tourism Cares

Tourism Cares is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the travel experience for future generations. They offer many academic scholarships for travel, tourism, and hospitality students, as part of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Scholarship Fund.
Application Deadline: April 15

Golden Gate Restaurant Association

GGRA gives talented students access to careers in the world of restaurants and hospitality. Scholarships range from $1,000 - $5,000.
Application Deadline: April 30

National Association of Catering Executives (NACE)

The program awards $20,000 in undergraduate scholarships to five students in summer 2011
Application Deadline: May 1, 2011

American Academy of Chefs

The American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), offers educational scholarships to high school students, college students, professional chefs looking to further their education or become certified, as well as student culinary teams currently competing at ACF regional and national conferences. Application Deadline: May 1

American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation

The AH&LA offers 10 different scholarships in two categories. Application Deadline: May 1

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

Hyatt established the Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Studentsto provide financial aid to minority students pursuing a degree in hotel management.
Application Deadline: May 1

Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International

The HSMAI Foundation awards merit scholarships to full and part time-students pursuing Associate, Baccalaureate or Graduate Degrees.
Application Deadline: June 15

Meeting Professionals International

MPI Members are eligible to apply for various student scholarships including General Education, Leadership, and MPI Programs.
Application Deadlines: June 30, September 30 and December 31st

Alaska Airlines Scholarship

Annual awards for undergraduate students enrolled in a four-year college or university pursuing studies in Travel and Tourism. Students can earn up to $2,000 toward their education.
Application Deadline: August 29

Hotel and Restaurant Foundation

Based in San Francisco, the Foundation historically supports the degree-granting hospitality management and culinary arts programs at colleges and universities in San Francisco.

California Restaurant Association - Educational Foundation

High school and undergraduate scholarship opportunities.

Golden Gate Restaurant Association

Provides tuition scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,500 as well as special awards in honor of industry role models David Rubenstein, General Counsel for GGRA from 1938-1968, and Robert Grison, co-founder and first President of GGRA.

National Restaurant Association - Educational Foundation

Mentoring and scholarship information.

AH & LA Educational Foundation Scholarships

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation listing of grant programs and scholarship competitions. The Foundation distributed a total of $407,500 to 291 students for the 2001/2002 academic year.

Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR)

WCR promotes the education and advancement of women in the culinary professions.

National Restaurant Association Education Foundation

California Parks and Recreation Society

Tourism Cares

Alice Statler Library, City College of San Francisco

Culinary and hospitality scholarships.

American Institute of Wine and Food

Individual chapters offer scholarships to full-time students attending accredited colleges. CSUEB students are eligible.

California Lodging Industry Association

California residents pursuing an education in the lodging and hospitality fields can receive up to $1,500 a year.

Club Managers Association of America

In 2008, clubs distributed $7.6 million in student scholarships. Various chapters award individual scholarships.


This web site allows you to search various scholarships opportunities. Students can apply for scholarships they find through Fastweb based on location, age, major, and other criteria.

International Association of Conference Centers

Based on eligibility, students can apply for three scholarships and awards presented by IACC.

James Beard Foundation

The Foundation awards cash scholarships & tuition waivers to aspiring culinary students.
Application Deadline: May 15


NEWH awards scholarships to hospitality students with real financial needs. Scholarships are awarded by local chapters to students of qualifying schools. California chapters include Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Professional Convention Management Association

PCMA funds five tuition-bases scholarships of $5,000, and five $1,000 scholarships for tuition, books, and other costs.
Refer to the web site for application details.

Also review the other scholarships available on the main University page

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