CH&LA Education Foundation awards $19,000 in Scholarships & Industry Support

California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation

The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation (CH&LAEF) announced eleven scholarship award recipients. These scholarships, along with the sponsorship of the Hospitality Conference geared towards students’ continued education in the hospitality industry, total $19,000 for this year.

The CH&LAEF held its 4th Annual Auction for Education in April and raised over $23,000 for its scholarship program. Over 140 generous industry supporters, who firmly believe in the development of the next generation of the hospitality industry, donated hotel room nights and packages to make this auction the most successful to date.

The award winners of these scholarships are exemplary students and employees and are an asset to our industry. This year’s winners come from the California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University and the Terranea Resort, from which an employee was awarded a working professional scholarship. Award recipients will be recognized at CH&LA’s upcoming Northern & Southern California Hotel & Lodging Conferences.

The recipients of this year’s CH&LA scholarships are:

Taylor Fry 
Christopher Garcia     
Jeffrey Gonzalez     
Gwyndolyn James     
Elizabeth Levin     
Tesa Lopez     
Matthew McMaster 
Jutarat Pagdeerugeerat 
Ariel Weinshanker 
Taylor Woodley 
Xiaoyun Zhang

In addition to these scholarships, CH&LAEF also supports the annual Hospitality Conference, where students from high school hospitality programs are provided with information, hands-on tours, and a better understanding of career opportunities in the industry. CH&LA’s Education Foundation is also involved in the continued education of the industry, teachers and instructors of hospitality programs.

For more information or to make a contribution, contact CH&LAEF by contacting Susan Ragatz, CH&LA’s Education Director at 916-554-2678 or