California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation Announces $35,000 in Scholarship Awards

The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation (CH&LAEF) announced nine award recipients for three unique scholarships.

California Lodging Industry Association These scholarships, along with the sponsorship of the Hospitality Conference geared towards students’ continued education in the hospitality industry, and the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation scholarships to California students total $35,000 for this year. This assistance is provided through generous industry supporters, who firmly believe in the development of the next generation of the hospitality industry.

In addition to the General and Working Professional scholarships, the CH&LAEF also awards the Kevin Johnson Memorial Scholarship which recognizes outstanding high school students and provides incentives to continue their education in a hospitality program and to ultimately commence a career within the lodging industry.

The award winners of these scholarships are exemplary students and an asset to our industry. This year’s winners come from the Hotel School at Cornell University, California State University Chico, San Diego State University, Santa Barbara City College, California Polytechnic Institute of Pomona, City College of San Francisco and University of San Francisco.

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

General Scholarship

      Kevin Johnson Scholarship

Krystal Rodriguez Jeffrey Gonzalez

Kirin Khanna
Laura Parsons
Eric Murray Working Professional Scholarship

Adam Edelman Teresa Lee

Kimberly Buhay Jose Giraldo


In addition to these scholarships, CH&LAEF also supports the annual Hospitality Conference, 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.

About CH&LA

The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) is the largest state lodging industry association in the nation and a Partner State Association of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Its members include all segments of the lodging industry including the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns - California’s largest association of professional innkeepers and certified bed and breakfast inns. CH&LA is the leading resource for communicating and protecting the rights and interests of the California lodging industry. CH&LA was established in 1893.

About AH&LEF

AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is the premier organization for scholarships, professional certification, and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research. 

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