CH&LA Education Foundation

Auction for Education

The CH&LA Education Foundation Online Auction for Education is currently underway and will end on 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.

Click here to view this year's auction items!


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

Amy Arbuckle

San Francisco Marriott at Fisherman's Wharf


Rob Balmer

Beverly Heritage Hotel


Luis Barrios

Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel

Tom Beedon

Residence Inn Beverly Hills

Sandy Beno

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
  Pamela Bonner Hilton Garden Inn Bakersfield

René Boskoff

Monterey Marriott


Peter Bowes

Hotel Shattuck Plaza

Naomi Briones

Embassy Suites Arcadia-Pasadena
  John Brissenden

Sorensen's Resort

  Paul Bullock

Eagle Inn

  Keith Butz

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

  Olivia Chavez

Hyatt Regency Long Beach

  Mark Clement

Hilton Oakland Airport

  Cathy Cluff

The Oaks at Ojai

  Gloria Cortez

Irvine Marriott


Kelley Cosgrove

The Fairmont Hotel San Jose
  Mary M. Crowe

La Playa Carmel


Michael Czarcinski

Westin Bonaventure


Michael Damodio

Embassy Suites LAX North Hotel
  Don Dennis

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa


Paul Devitt

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
  Shelly Domondon

Dolce Hayes Mansion

  Jeff Durham

Redwood Fortuna Riverwalk Hotel

  Cally Dym

Little River Inn


Karen Earp

Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara
  Vania Earp

Ocean Park Inn


Hermann Elger

Montage Beverly Hills

Pete Ells

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
  Diana Eulloqui

Manhattan Beach Marriott

  Mia Garlow

San Francisco Marriott Marquis


Rob Gauthier

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

Jeroen Gerrese

Lions Gate Hotel

  Kevin Goebel

Hilton Pleasanton at the Club

  Scott Gold

Hotel Erwin

  Pilar Gonzalez

Bardessono Hotel & Spa


Bruce J. Gorelick

JW Marriott San Francisco


James Greene

Bahia Resort Hotel

  Barbara Gross

Garden Court Hotel

  Nelum Gunewardane

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel

  Terri Haack

Terranea Resort


Liz Hall

Inn at Playa Del Rey

Michael Hammer

Doubletree Hotel Bakersfield

Jon Handlery

Handlery Hotels

Lawrence Havlick

Old Monterey Inn
  Scott Hermes

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina


Richard Hill

Sheraton Grand Sacramento


John Hutar

Sofitel San Francisco Bay
  John Kalinski

Marriott Anaheim


Thomas Klein

The Fairmont San Francisco

  Clark Latterell

Laurel Inn


Kristine Lehew

West Inn & Suites

Hee-Won Lim

Pacific Palms Resort & Conference Center


James Lim

Galleria Park Hotel

Peter Lynn

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Kathryn Mace

Casa Laguna Inn & Spa
  Isabelle Matter Moorpark Hotel

Silvano Merlo

Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown

  Susan Mesick

Tallman Hotel


Jamie Metcalf

W San Diego

Irby Morvant

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

  Peggy Mosley Groveland Hotel

Sietse Nabben

The Lodge at Tiburon

John Narigi

Monterey Plaza Hotel
  Norval Nelson Crowne Plaza San Francisco International Airport

Offer Nissinbaum

The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Malia Osterbauer

Portofino Hotel & Marina

  Josephine Pallera Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel
  Michael Pace

Hotel Adagio

  Bimal Patel

Hotel Zico

  Suresh Patel

Best Western Plus Posada Royale Hotel & Suites

  Pragna Patel-Mueller El Colibri Boutique Hotel & Spa

Tom Patton

Ramada Limited


Michael Payton

Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina

  Denise Pflum

Doubletree Hotel Anaheim/Orange County

  Sandy Piazza

Doubletree Hotel San Jose

  Ken Pilgrim

The Westin San Francisco Market Street


John Porter

Benbow Inn

Bruce Pressman

Maple Tree Inn


Diane Proulx

Grand Pacific Resorts

  Jessica Puccinelli

Hotel Angeleno

  Kathy Quast

Roman Hot Springs Resort

  Bill Reider

Doubletree by Hilton

  Rick Ross

Desert Princess Golf Resort

  Michael Rotunno

Courtyard by Marriott John Wayne Airport

  Pam Ryan

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel


Candace Savage

USA Today


Tom Scaramellino

Westin San Francisco Airport

John Schafer

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

  Greg Schmidt Residence Inn Rancho Bernardo
  Pat Seminario

Costa Mesa Marriott & Newport Beach Bayview Marriott Hotel

  Debbie Snavely

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

  Sandra Sooklal Crowne Plaza Hotel L.A. Harbor
  Sal Soto

Hilton Garden Inn Emeryville


John Southwell

Hilton San Jose


Dan Stenz

Sheraton San Diego Hotel Mission Valley

  Susan Stilwell

Tradewinds Carmel

  Matt Swanson

Crowne Plaza Palo Alto


Lee Swetnika

Inn at Rolling Hills

  Marcy Tanner

Disney Hotels & Resorts

  Christophe Thomas Palace Hotel

Alyssa Turowski

Westin San Diego

Wes Tyler

Chancellor Hotel on Union Square


Justin Underwood

Doubletree Suites Hotel Doheny Beach

  Alissa Van Keuren

Ventura Marriott


Scott VandenBerg

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

  John Vlahos

Hotel Potter

  David Von Winckler

Argonaut Hotel


Lisa Walter

Holiday Inn Express Solvang
  Camden Wirick Santa Ynez Marriott Hotel

Amber Woods

L'Auberge Carmel
  Carolyn Yim



Candace Zuetel

Homewood Suites San Diego Airport


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.