CH&LAEF & Scholarship Information

The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation (CH&LAEF) provides funding and assistance to individuals studying in the field of hospitality and the California institutions that offer hospitality training, as well as for related activities which further research and knowledge in the field of hotel management with respect to the lodging, hospitality, and food service industries. In just the past two decades, CH&LA’s Education Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 to the future benefit of the California lodging industry.

Annual Online Auction to Grow Hospitality Education - October 31 - November 7, 2016

The CH&LAEF would like to thank the many generous members of the industry who donated items to the 2015 annual online auction, which supports its scholarship program.  The auction raised over $27,000, a single auction record for the Foundation.  Proceeds fund scholarships for students, at all levels, studying for careers, or studying to advance a current position in the lodging industry.  CH&LA and its Foundation have been working with high schools, community colleges and workforce development agencies to help raise the awareness of careers in the hospitality industry.  This increased focus on the industry has resulted in an increase in available courses, and in the number of students who are making career changes.  We need a well-trained and excited workforce pool! 

This year, the auction will again be held in the fall, October 31 - November 7.  If you would like to donate an item to our auction, please click here to download a donation form, or contact our Education Director, Susan Ragatz, 916-554-2678, susan@calodging.com.  Auction items validity date does not need to begin until November 7, 2016, and should be valid until November 7, 2017.

Hospitality Student Scholarships

The CH&LAEF offers scholarship opportunities to high school students and 2 - 4 year college students majoring in a lodging/hospitality related field.  This year, the Foundation awarded scholarships to 14 students, representing 7 hospitality programs.  This year's scholarship recipients are:

Kevin Johnson Memorial Scholarship:

Jessica Huang, San Francisco State University  

General Scholarships:

Akaram Chahin California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Vanessa Esposito San Jose State University
Baltazar Gutierrez California State University, Long Beach
Manuel Hernandez California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Alexa Hill San Diego State University
Olivia Hoggatt California State University, Chico
Alyssa Kawasaki California State University, Long Beach
Cris-ann Lizardo San Jose State University
Jazmin Martinez Monterey Peninsula College/California State University, Monterey Bay
Austin Nguyen California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Gregory Papadin San Diego State University
Maria Razo-Ayon California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Caitlin Van Wagenen California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

 

The 2016-17 scholarship application period is now closed. Check back in February 2017 for more informaiton and to submit an application for the 2017-18 scholarship cycle.

Working Professional Scholarships

The CH&LAEF believes in supporting members of the hospitality industry seeking professional development.  Employees of CH&LA/CABBI member properties, who have been employed for at least one year at that property, are eligible to apply for a Working Professional scholarship.  The award will provide up to 50% of activity costs, up to $1000, to qualifying applicants.  This program is open for applications year-round.  All applications will be reviewed and the applicant will have a decision within 45 days of submission.  Click here for information and to submit an application for a Working Professional Scholarship.

Lodging Service Award

In 2014, the CH&LAEF launched the pilot program, Lodging Service Award, a "scholarship" for member properties.  Member properties competed for the award which would provide the recipient property with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute's Guest (AH&LEI) Service Gold Program.

Guest Service Gold is a comprehensive program designed to accomplish the goal of creating guest service-oriented line level employees who know how to engage with their guests to provide memorable guest services.

In 2015, three properties were named as recipients of the award:  Brewery Gulch Inn - Mendocino, CA, Hallmark Inn - Davis, CA, Magic Castle Hotel - Hollywood, CA.  All three properties already exhibit the highest standards in customer service, and will now be recognized nationally by earning the Certified Guest Service Professional designation, upon completion of training and testing of their staff.

 

Tax Deductible Donations

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please make checks payable to CH&LA Education Foundation, or you may click the button to the left to submit your donation online.  For further information, please contact Education Director, Susan Ragatz at susan@calodging.com or 916-554-2678.