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!

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

California Restaurant Association

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


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


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


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


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

AHLEF Academic Scholarships

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

AHLEF Self-Nominated Scholarships

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


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


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

Alaska Airline Scholarships

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

Hospitality Scholarships

High school and undergraduate scholarship opportunities.


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.


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

Women Chefs

Culinary and hospitality scholarships.


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


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


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.

Fastweb website

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


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

James Beard Foundation website

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.

NEWH Available Scholarships

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.

PCMA Scholarships

Also review the other scholarships available on the main University page.