Realizing the challenges of working while achieving an education, the Foundation offers scholarships to full-time and part-time students majoring in a hospitality related field. These include both college students and high school students, who are either working at member properties, or are dependents of employees working at member properties. The Foundation awards scholarships to four students each year.
Who is Eligible?
College students must have already completed at least 15 college credits and be enrolled for an additional 15 credits. In addition, they must be currently majoring in a hospitality related field, and are required to maintain at least a 2.50 grade point average (GPA). Scholarships to college students are available to employees or dependents of employees of a NYSH&TA member.
In addition the foundation has a scholarship for a full-time college students that is entering their senior year. They will receive $1,500 per semester for a maximum of $3,000.
High school students must be at least in the second semester of the second year of the Hospitality & Tourism Management Program (HTMP) and working towards certification. Student internships must be or have been employed with a NYSH&TA member. Students must major in the hospitality field in college and maintain a 2.50 grade point average (GPA).
Student Scholarship Awards
Scholarship recipients who are full-time college students receive $1,500 per semester for a maximum of $6,000. Part-time college students receive $750 per semester for a maximum of $6,000. In the event a part-time student becomes full-time, then the student will be given $1,500 per semester, for a total of $6,000 per student. Scholarship payments begin the semester following the formal presentation of awards and are paid directly to the educational institution.
One of the four annual scholarship recipients will receive the Louis N. Ventresca Scholarship Award, which is the highest and most coveted honor the Foundation distributes. First awarded in 2004, this scholarship is named after the Foundation's first Chairman of the Board, Louis N. Ventresca, and is recognized with additional funds up to $7,000.
Here is a video from Shelby Lisieski, she wanted to say thank you to everyone at NYSH&TA for her 2016 scholarship!
Students can also apply for several other scholarships through the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation.