CH&LA Education Foundation Awards Over $20,000 in Scholarships and Industry Support

Sacramento, Calif. -- The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation (CH&LAEF) announced 16 scholarship award recipients. These scholarships, along with the sponsorship of two Hospitality Conferences geared towards students’ continued education in the hospitality industry, total $23,000 for this year.

A record number of applications were received this year from students representing 13 high schools, community colleges and 4-year universities. The award recipients of these scholarships are exemplary students and are an asset to our industry. This year’s recipients come from the Cabrillo College, Galileo High School, Cypress College, MiraCosta College, San Francisco State University, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, San Diego State University, California State University – Long Beach, and California State University - Chico.

The recipients of this year’s CH&LA Education Foundation scholarships are:

Kevin Johnson Memorial Scholarship:

Jessica Huang, Galileo Academy of Hospitality/San Francisco State University

Education Scholarships:

Erica Banister, San Jose State University
Kyle Dorley, California State University Long Beach
Guadalupe Escalera, California Polytechnic University – Pomona
Jonathan Joyner, California Polytechnic University – Pomona
Mayelli Ramirez, California Polytechnic University – Pomona
Maria Sendi-Barrett, California State University, Chico
Baris Sever, MiraCosta College
Casey Teague, San Diego State University
Frederick Varias, California Polytechnic University – Pomona

Working Professional Scholarships:

Sharon Bobbitt, CHA, CHRM, Cabrillo College/San Jose State University
Lily Briese, San Diego State University
Fion Hu, San Francisco State University
Matthew Johnson, California Polytechnic University – Pomona
Austin Nguyen, Cypress College
Tra-mi Tran, San Jose State University

In addition to these scholarships, CH&LAEF also supported two annual 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 or to make a contribution, click here or contact CH&LAEF by calling Susan Ragatz, CH&LA’s Education Director at (916) 554-2678.

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