California Hotel & Lodging Association Recognizes California Recipients of National Foundation Awards

Sacramento, Calif. – California Hotel & Lodging Association’s (CH&LA) national affiliate, American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) has distributed a total of $43,000 in scholarship awards to 25 California students at seven different hospitality programs:

Narine Bagdasayyan California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Mark Botieff California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Jason Cervantes California State University of Long Beach
Venna Chu California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Michelle Dang City College of San Francisco
Felicia Doubek University of San Francisco
Kylie Fawcett California State University of Long Beach
Alicen Gaitanis San Diego State University
Jennifer Hecker San Diego State University
Nicole Huebner City College of San Francisco
Joelyn Ivankovic California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Jake Izzo Santa Barbara City College
Mario Jaramillo California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Daniel Knight City College of San Francisco
Kathleen Leo University of San Francisco
Elizabeth Levin San Diego State University
Linda McComb Santa Barbara City College
Rick Richardson California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Cassandra Rogers San Diego State University
Christi Scott Santa Barbara City College
Christina Sequeira California State University of Long Beach
Olaf Sobanski California State University of Long Beach
Frederick Michael Varias California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Holly Wilcox California State University of Long Beach
Jessica Zhang California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, hospitality work experience, financial need and other requirements based on specific criteria of the scholarship. In addition, all of the scholarships are funded by voluntary industry contributions.

“These scholarships enable our industry to connect tomorrow’s hospitality leaders with the financial means they need for success in their professional development,” said Lynn Mohrfeld, President & CEO of CH&LA. “We’re proud that these California students were chosen from the thousands of applications AH&LEF receives.”

For more information contact CH&LAEF by calling Susan Ragatz, CH&LA’s Education Director at (916) 554-2678 or visit www.ahlef.org.

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About CH&LA

The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) is the largest state lodging industry association in the nation and a Partner State Association of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Its 1,800 members, which comprise approximately 175,000 guest rooms, include all segments of the lodging industry including the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns - California’s largest association of professional innkeepers and certified bed and breakfast inns. CH&LA is the leading resource for communicating and protecting the rights and interests of the California lodging industry. CH&LA was established in 1893. CH&LA is on the web at www.calodging.com.

About AH&LEF

AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is the premier organization for scholarships, professional certification, and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research. For more information, visit www.ahlef.org.