There are many scholarship opportunities available to SHA students. We encourage students to investigate and apply to as many as are applicable to your experience.

There are two types of scholarships: Self-Nominated and School-Nominated.

AHLEF has provided a list of scholarships appropriate for undergraduate hospitality students. Please note, some may have additional, specific eligibility requirements.

Please note, deadlines may be changed by the awarding scholarship foundation. Read the deadlines and eligibility on each foundation website for most accurate information.

Self-Nominating Scholarships



American Express Scholarship $2000
Ecolab Scholarship $2000
Graduate Scholarship $5000
Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students $3000
Incoming Freshman Scholarship $4000
SKAL Boston Travel & Tourism Scholarship $2500
Opening Doors to Opportunity Scholarship Varies
Mike Dimond Scholarship $1500

School-Nominating Scholarships



AHLEF Annual Scholarship Grant Program Varies
Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship Varies
Rama Scholarship for the American Dream Varies
NEWH New England Scholarship $4000
Marisa Federico & Dawn Lawerence Scholarship $2000

Tourism Cares Merit-Based Scholarship

Tourism Cares offers up to 24 merit-based academic scholarships, with awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 each and totaling up to $74,500. 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 accredited colleges and universities located in the United States or Canada. Some awards also have residency or citizenship requirements.

AHLA Foundation Academic Scholarship

The AHLA Foundation is offering up a total of $1 million in scholarships once again this year with award amounts ranging from $500 to $7,500. Eligible students must be enrolled in a hospitality management degree granting program at a U.S. college or university for the upcoming 2021 Fall semester or graduate students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality or worked for four years in the lodging industry after graduation. Deadline TBD.

Michael D. Butvinik Hospitality Internship Travel (HIT) Scholarship

In loving memory of Michael D. Butvinik (SHA’13), his parents Joan Clowes and Jeffrey Butvinik, are proud to establish the Michael D. Butvinik Hospitality Internship Travel Scholarship Fund at the School of Hospitality Administration (SHA). Their generosity will help subsidize the travel costs associated with many internship opportunities that are available to SHA students.

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