National Lodging Foundation Awards Scholarships to California Hospitality Students

California Hotel & Lodging Association’s (CH&LA) National Partner, American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), has distributed $514,500 via 10 scholarship programs to 343 hospitality students across the country. A total of $32,500 was awarded to 26 California students:

Felicia Arifin, California State Polytechnic University Pomona 
Marianne Ascanio, California Culinary Academy 
Marianne Ascanio, California Culinary Academy 
Jason Cervantes, California State University of Long Beach 
Chris Delfs, California State Polytechnic University Pomona 
Felicia Doubek, University of San Francisco 
Christina Gallardo, City College of San Francisco 
Christopher Garcia, San Diego State University 
Anna Gayvoronsk, City College of San Francisco 
Kathleen Gullery, California State University of Long Beach 
Marissa Happee, San Diego State University 
Jacqueline Ho, California State University of Long Beach 
Taylor Kahle, San Diego State University 
Allison LaKomski, California State University of Long Beach 
Ashley Sanders Lerner, California State Polytechnic University Pomona 
Gary Lytle, Santa Barbara City College 
Estrella Madani, University of San Francisco 
Matthew McMaster, California State Polytechnic University Pomona 
Jutarat Pagdeerugeerat, California State Polytechnic University Pomona 
Jenna Parker, City College of San Francisco 
Elena Quach, University of San Francisco 
Mayelli Ramirez, California State Polytechnic University Pomona 
Nicolas Roulston, California State Polytechnic University Pomona 
Ariel Weinshanker, California State Polytechnic University Pomona 
Travis Wolfe, San Diego State University 
Raymond Wolff, City College of San Francisco

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 twenty-six students in California were chosen from the hundreds 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 http://www.ahlef.org.

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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 http://www.ahlef.org.

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 http://www.calodging.com.