CH&LA Education Foundation

Auction for Education

The CH&LA Education Foundation will hold its Online Auction for Education in April, from Monday, April 14 to Thursday, April 24..  This year, we hope the auction will raise over $25,000 for its programs.  We have received many donations from generous industry supporters, who firmly believe in the development of the next generation of the hospitality industry.  If you would like to donate an item to this year's auction, click here to download the donation form, or contact Susan Ragatz, Education Director, or 916-554-2678.

Click here to see some of the items included in this year's auction!


The 2014-15 CH&LAEF Scholarship Cycle is now open and will be accepting scholarship applications until April 30, 2014.

The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation provides funding and assistance to California institutions and individuals 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 on the California lodging industry.

Scholarships & Awards

Last year, the CH&LA Education Foundation awarded ten scholarships. These scholarships, along with the sponsorship of three high school hospitality conferences, geared towards students' continued education in the hospitality industry, total $22,500.  Additionally, the Foundation launched it's first ever Lodging Service Award program, to recognize the need for continuing education for hotel operators.  The Lodging Service Award provides the recipient property with AH&LEI's Guest Service Gold training program for all line staff.  Upon completion and successful testing, each staff member will earn their Certified Guest Service Professional designation, which includes a pin and certificate.  The property will earn it's Certified Guest Service Property designation and be presented with a plaque to display prominently to guests.  The winning properties will be recognized during the California Hotel & Lodging Conference(s) this year.  

The award recipients of the scholarships have always been exemplary students and employees and are an asset to our industry. Last year’s recipients come from the California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, San Diego State University, California State University - Long Beach and Mount San Antonio College. 

The recipients of the the 2013-14 academic year's CH&LA scholarships are:

CH&LA Education Foundation Donors

Lina Amato

Doubletree by Hilton Torrance

Amy Arbuckle

San Francisco Marriott at Fisherman's Wharf

Rob Balmer

Doubletree by Hilton San Jose

Kristine Bane

West Inn & Suites

Bonnie Best

Hotel Valencia

Iqbal A. Bharoocha

Lion's Gate Hotel

Michael Bickford

Miracle Springs Resort & Spa

Charles I. Black, III

Montage Beverly Hills

René Boskoff

Monterey Marriott

Sarah J. Brender

Coronet Motel (Palo Alto)

Paul Brouillette

Embassy Suites San Diego/La Jolla

Dan Fullen

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

April Shute

Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

John Campbell

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

Luis Carreno

Creekside Inn

Maurice Casaus

Embassy Suites Los Angeles-Downey

Carmenia Castaneda

Hotel Santa Barbara

Alcia Cavallo

Courtyard by Marriott Oakland

Nicole Chapman

Inn at Oyster Point

Ward Childs

Clift Hotel San Francisco

Peter Coakley

Carmel Valley Lodge

Hilarie Coate

Little River Inn Resort & Spa

Kelly Cosgrove

Fairmont San Jose

Ronnie Dalgado

Crowne Plaza Resort Anaheim

Kim Daniel

Borrego Springs Resort & Spa

Tom David

San Ramon Marriott

Cherie Davis

Miyako Hybrid Hotel

Karen DeArana

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Rancho Bernardo

Daniel Delcourt

Disneyland Hotel

Sean Dempsey

Villagio Hotel & Spa

Andrea DeTrinidad

Mount View Hotel & Spa

Paul Devitt

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

Phil Dickinson

Furnace Creek Resort

Vania Earp

Ocean Park Inn

Peter Ells

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Alan Farwell

Hyatt Grand Champions Resort Villas & Spa

David Fink

L'Auberge Carmel

Karen Frates

Tahoe Seasons Resort

James Gancos

W Hotel Los Angeles

Susan Garrett

Omni Los Angeles Hotel

Colleen Gerstner

Sheraton Palo Alto

Colleen Gerstner

Westin Palo Alto

Bethany Getz

Courtyard by Marriott Cal Expo

Gary Gladstone

Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel

Kevin M. Goebel

Hilton Pleasanton at the Club

Bruce J. Gorelick

JW Marriott San Francisco

James W. Greene

Bahia Resort Hotel

Barbara Gross

Garden Court Hotel

Terri Haack

Terranea Resort

Michael Hanchett

Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

Jon Handlery

Handlery Hotel

Yolanda Hanna

Homewood Suites San Diego

Richard Hill

Sheraton Grand Sacramento

Matt Humphreys

Hyatt Regency Fisherman's Wharf

Kristin Hunter

Empress Hotel

Brian Johnson

Loews Coronado Bay

Jennifer Kabat

Resort at Squaw Creek

John Kalinski

Marriott Anaheim

Don Karvelis

Las Fuentes Inn & Gardens

Thomas Klein

The Fairmont San Francisco

Peter Koehler

InterContinental San Francisco Hotel

Doug Korn

US Grant

Joe Kuhn

Doubletree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown

Jeff Kulek


Winnie Kwok

Crowne Plaza San Jose/Silicon Valley

Randy Langley

Sheraton San Jose

Brent Larkin

Citizen Hotel

Ryan Laskey

Westin San Francisco Airport

Diane Lewis

Happy Landing Inn

Hee-Won Lim

Pacific Palms Resort & Conference Center

Karen Lorton-Vella

Residence Inn by Marriott Long Beach Downtown

Timothy Lusher

Westin Pasadena

Greg Magee

Hilton Newark Fremont

Sheila Martin

Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf

Reginald McDowell

Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel

Tim McGregor

Bodega Bay Lodge

Ibrahim Measher

Hilton Sacramento Arden West

Marisa Mejia

Manhattan Beach Marriott

Susan Mesick

Tallman Hotel & Blue Wing Saloon

Barry Miller

Doubletree by Hilton Sacramento

Jim Moran

Westin Desert Willow Villas

Shelly Moranville

Residence Inn by Marriott Sacramento Downtown

Irby Morvant

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

Ashok Mukherji

The Sebastapol Inn

Sandy Murphy

Beverly Hilton

Bill Murray

Doubletree by Hilton Bakersfield

Sabrinna Newton

W Hollywood

Steven Ortmann

Palm Garden Hotel

Sam Pahlavan

Courtyard by Marriott

Josephine Pallera

Fairmont Newport Beach

Michael Palmer

Meritage Resort

Geoffrey Parkford

Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina

Suresh Patel

Best Western Posada Royale Hotel & Suites

Dilip Patel

Hotel Strata

Tom Patton

Ramada Limited

Rhonesia Perry

aLoft Ontario Rancho Cucamonga

Brad Poncher

Homewood Suites La Quinta

Truett Pool

Embassy Suites Palm Desert

Shelly Post

West Cliff Inn

Barry Prescott

Hyatt Santa Barbara

Bruce Pressman

Maple Tree Inn

David Proulx

Hosteling International San Diego Downtown

Kathy Quast

Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort

Judy Rice

Embassy Suites Temecula Valley

Gregory T. Rizzi

The Bristol Hotel

Jim Roos

Ayres Hotels of Southern CA

Darren Ross

Magic Castle Hotel

Candace Savage

USA Today

Tom Scaramellino

Manchester Grand Hyatt

John Schafer

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Steve Scheck

Beach Retreat & Cottage

Elke Schlosser

Enchanted April Inn

Ana Segura

Holiday Inn LAX

Ramon Serrano

Hotel Les Mars

April Shute

Rancho Las Palmas

Scott Sloan

Hilton San Diego Del Mar

Scott Slocum

Hotel Shattuck

John Southwell

Hilton San Jose

Carl A. Sprayberry

Hilton Pasadena

Lee Swetnika

Inn at Rolling Hills

Liz Tavernese

Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza

Euan Taylor

Cavallo Point

Andrew Theodorou

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Wes Tyler

Chancellor Hotel on Union Square

Terrance Underwood

Grande Colonial

Scott VandenBerg

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Juan Viramontes

Georgian Hotel

Stephanie Wansek

Cardinal Hotel

Michael Webster

Stevenswood Lodge

Tracy Wickens

Best Western Bayside Inn

Melony Williams

Hotel Vitale

Camden Wirick

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott

Cathlene Wong

Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley

Joseph Zarrahy

Crowne Plaza Hotel at Commerce Casino

California State Polytechnic University
Brenna Grabowski
Alvina Hinh
Joelyn Ivankovic
Mayelli Ramirez

San Diego State University
Gabrielle Martorana
Cassandra Rogers
Rebecca Romero
Eva Scattergood

California State University - Long Beach
Olaf Sobanski

Mount San Antonio College
Frederick Varias

In addition to these scholarships, CH&LAEF also supported the annual High School Hospitality Conference and the first annual High School Hospitality Conference in Los Angeles, 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.

The scholarship application process for the 2014-15 academic cycle is open. For application eligibility and guidelines, please review this PDF. 

Once you have reviewed eligibility guidelines, click here to apply online.  The cycle will close on April 30, 2014.