CH&LA Education Foundation

The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation 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.

The CH&LAEF has most recently been working closely with California Community Colleges' Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Initiative, providing networking opportunities with industry members, to assist in the development of curriculum that will serve the needs of those industry members. The CH&LAEF has supported high school hospitality conferences, 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 on how to get involved, please contact Education Director, Susan Ragatz at, or by calling her, 916-554-2678.

Help Use Grow Hospitality Education - Online Auction Coming Soon!

The CH&LAEF will be holding its annual online auction, November 2-9. to support its scholarship program (www.biddingforgood/chlaeducation).  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!  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,

Academic & Working Professional Scholarships

The CH&LAEF offers scholarship opportunities to high school students, 2 & 4 year college students, and also to working professionals who are seeking to improve their career advancement opportunities.  The current scholarship cycle is closed, but click the button below for information on application requirements and to see a list of last years' scholarship recipients.

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 or 916-554-2678.


2014 CH&LA Education Foundation Donors

1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach
A-1 Textiles
Acqua Hotel
Argonaut Hotel
Anaheim Marriott Hotel
Bahia Resort Hotel
Bardessono Hotel & Spa
Benbow Inn
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel
Best Western Plus Posada Royale Hotel & Suites
Beverly Heritage Hotel
Black Oak Casino Hotel
Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa
Bristol Hotel
Casa Laguna Inn & Spa
Chancellor Hotel on Union Square
Claremont Resort & Spa
Costa Mesa Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott John Wayne Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown
Crowne Plaza Hotel at Commerce Casino
Crowne Plaza Concord
Crowne Plaza Hotel L.A. Harbor
Crowne Plaza L.A. International Airport
Crowne Plaza Palo Alto
Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina
Crowne Plaza San Francisco International Airport
Desert Princess Golf Resort
Disney Hotels & Resorts
Dolce Hayes Mansion
Doubletree by Hilton
Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
Doubletree Hotel Anaheim/Orange County
Doubletree Hotel Bakersfield
Doubletree Hotel Ontario Airport
Doubletree Hotel Sacramento
Doubletree Hotel San Jose
Doubletree Suites Hotel Doheny Beach
Eagle Inn
El Colibri Boutique Hotel & Spa
Embassy Suites Arcadia-Pasadena
Embassy Suites LAX North Hotel
Embassy Suites Hotel Santa Ana
Embassy Suites Santa Clara/Silicon Valley
Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara
Galleria Park Hotel
Garden Court Hotel
Gold Miner's Hotel
Grand Pacific Resorts
Groveland Hotel
Handlery Foundation
Handlery Hotels
Hilton Concord
Hilton Garden Inn Bakersfield
Hilton Garden Inn Emeryville
Hilton Garden Inn Sacramento
Hilton Oakland Airport
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
Hilton Pleasanton at the Club
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Jose
Hilton Stockton
Holiday Inn Civic Center
Holiday Inn Express Solvang
Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf
Homewood Suites San Diego Airport
Hotel Adagio
Hotel Angeleno
Hotel Erwin
Hotel Potter
Hotel Santa Barbara
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Hotel Zico
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Inn at Playa Del Rey
Inn at Rolling Hills
Inn Marin
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel
Irvine Marriott
Jamaica Bay Inn
JW Marriott San Francisco
La Playa Carmel
L'Auberge Carmel
Laurel Inn
L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
Lions Gate Hotel
Little River Inn
Magic Castle Hotel
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Mandarin Oriental San Francisco
Manhattan Beach Marriott
Maple Tree Inn
Marriott Anaheim
Michelman & Robinson, LLP
Montage Beverly Hills
Monterey Marriott
Monterey Plaza Hotel
Moorpark Hotel
Mount View Hotel
Newport Beach Bayview Marriott
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
Ocean Park Inn
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Old Monterey Inn
Pacific Palms Resort & Conference Center
Palace Hotel
Peerless Coffee
Pelican Inn
Portofino Hotel & Marina
Ramada Limited
Redwood Fortuna Riverwalk Hotel
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Residence Inn Beverly Hills
Residence Inn Rancho Bernardo
Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey
Ritz Carlton San Francisco
Roman Hot Springs Resort
Sanctuary Beach Resort
San Francisco Marriott at Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Santa Ynez Marriott Hotel
Sheraton Grand Sacramento
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
Sheraton San Diego Hotel Mission Valley
Sofitel San Francisco Bay
Sorensen's Resort
Tallman Hotel
Terranea Resort
Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel
The Fairmont Hotel San Jose
The Fairmont San Francisco
The Lodge at Tiburon
The Oaks at Ojai
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
The Westin San Francisco Market Street
Tradewinds Carmel
USA Today
Ventura Marriott
Visit California
W San Diego
Waterfront Hotel
West Inn & Suites
Westin Bonaventure
Westin San Diego
Westin San Francisco Airport
Westin Verasa Napa
Wine & Roses Hotel