CH&LA Education Foundation
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.
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 will look to generous industry supporters, who firmly believe in the development of the next generation of the hospitality industry, to donate hotel room nights and packages to make this auction the most successful to date. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-554-2678.
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|
California State Polytechnic University
San Diego State University
California State University - Long Beach
Mount San Antonio College
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.