External Professional Organization Scholarships

Multiple tourism and hospitality agencies, companies, and other funding sources are happy to provide future industry leaders with financial assistance in their pursuit of higher education.

Each donor organization has its own set of rules, guidelines, parameters, and so forth. Some include both undergraduate and graduate.

Please make sure you read the guidelines for each and every scholarship you apply so that you do not waste valuable time not matching their initial criteria.

Many of our students have been successful in receiving multiple awards from multiple agencies if they qualify. We wish you well in your pursuit of these scholarships. The College of Business (COB) does not administer any of these funds, so they will not be able to provide advice or guidance. Please reach out to the contact listed for each particular agency.


Hospitality and Tourism Management Scholarships


25 Great Scholarships for Hospitality Management Majors (Top Degrees Online)

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30 Great Scholarships for Hospitality Management Majors (Best Hospitality Degrees)

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American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) 

AHLEF offers a wide array of scholarship opportunities - available to incoming freshman through graduate students. Some are earmarked specifically for current hotel employees and others for minorities. A few have minimum GPA requirements, while others are open to full- or part-time students. All require enrollment in a hospitality management degree program.

Apply for AH&LEF here


Associate of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI)

The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) awards two scholarships annually.  The Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who are preparing for a career in Destination Management.  One scholarship will be awarded to a North American student and the other to a  student studying hospitality management outside North America.

For further information or to apply for the 2020 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship award, please see this link:

2020 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship Application


Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)

The Club Foundation awards scholarships based on the availability of funds and merit of application. Scholarship awards are made at the recommendation of The Club Foundation Allocation Committee (CFAC) and approved by the Board of Governors. The scholarship award is made directly to the registrar at the college or university the recipient attends.

Any individual who is actively seeking a managerial career in the club industry and is currently attending an accredited, four-year college or university undergraduate program, may apply for the Joe Perdue Scholarship for aid.

Candidates must be a Student Member of the Club Managers Association of America. Candidates must also provide strong evidence that they are pursuing managerial careers in the private club industry. A candidate must have completed his/her freshman year of college and be enrolled for the full upcoming academic year in an accredited four-year institution. In addition, the candidate must have achieved and continue to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or 4.5 on a 6.0 scale.

The link to apply is: http://www.clubfoundation.org/joePerdueScholarship.htm


Florida Association of DMO's Scholarship

Scholarship Opportunity for college/university juniors who plan on making a career in the hospitality industry within the State of Florida:

The Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations - David Warren Scholarship Fund,offered  through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, provides scholarships to college or university juniors who plan on making a career in the hospitality industry within the State of Florida.  Students will be asked to write an essay on the importance of the Hospitality and Tourism industry in Florida and their goals on participating in that industry.  Key factors in the selection of scholarship recipients will be the personal goals of the student as expressed in their essay, their financial need, and their community involvement. For the application deadline, more information and to complete the electronic application please visit www.cfsarasota.org.

Florida Association of DMO's Scholarship PDF

AIANTA Scholarship Program


Florida Festivals and Events Association (FFEA)

Harvey Franklin Campbell Student Scholarship Award 

The students selected to receive this conference scholarship have the opportunity to:

·    Learn about the variety of careers available in the events industry

·    Attend informative presentations concerning current issues in event industry

·    Engage in discussions and network with event professionals from throughout the state

·    Participate in professional development workshops and numerous educational session


1. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning. An official transcript or degree audit must accompany the application.

2. Applicants must include a resume including any event related paid or volunteer experience.

3. Applicants must provide a response to the following questions(250 words or fewer per question):

·    Explain your interest in attending the conference.

·    Describe your involvement (if any) with special events and festivals to date or why you might want to become involved with FFEA.

·    Describe your future career goals.

·    Describe how you believe that your attendance at this conference will contribute to your future career in the event industry.

The link to apply is: https://ffea.memberclicks.net/student-scholarship-program 


National Association for Catering & Events (NACE)

The Foundation of NACE provides new and aspiring catering and event professionals with the opportunity to advance their careers and elevate themselves within NACE and the industry.

Apply now for the Vince DeFinis and/or the Foundation of NACE Scholarship programs. Scholarship winners will receive a robust package of career development tools designed to not only support their education financially but also provide opportunities to interact with industry leaders and participate in NACE education throughout the year. Review eligibility guidelines and apply online for the following scholarships:

Vince DeFinis Scholarship: https://www.nace.net/give/educatingtoday/fonscholarship/

Foundation of NACE Scholarship: https://www.nace.net/give/educatingtoday/foundationscholarship/

Starting in 2019, the Foundation will be introducing a new Mentorship Program as a benefit to all scholarship winners. This program will pair our winners with current, seasoned members of NACE and will bridge the gap between academia and industry. Winners will be provided with opportunities to discuss career paths, practical industry knowledge, help with networking and many more valuable insights into the world of catering and events that will elevate their careers.

The Foundation of NACE will award the Vince DeFinis scholarship (https://www.nace.net/give/educatingtoday/fonscholarship/) to one lucky winner and theFoundation of NACE scholarship to two winners. See above link for deadlines and dates. 


NEWH, Inc. Scholarships 

An objective of the NEWH By-laws is to promote scholarship, education and interest within the Hospitality Industry. NEWH, Inc. and its chapters fundraise to provide scholarships to students pursuing a career within Hospitality related fields (Interior Design, Hospitality Management, Culinary, Architecture, Senior Living, etc.). CLICK HERE.


The Brudzinski Scholarship

The Brudsinski Scholarship has been made available to all FAU students majoring in Hospitality Management, who maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and are attending FAU half-time (6 credits) or more. Applicants must also complete the FAFSA and have demonstrated financial need.

Click to learn how to apply for a scholarship.


The Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations(FADMO)

Scholarship Opportunity for college/university juniors who plan on making a career in the hospitality industry within the State of Florida:


The Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations - David Warren Scholarship Fund, offered  through The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, provides scholarships to college or university juniors who plan on making a career in the hospitality industry within the State of Florida.  Students will be asked to write an essay on the importance of the Hospitality and Tourism industry in Florida and their goals on participating in that industry. Key factors in the selection of scholarship recipients will be the personal goals of the student as expressed in their essay, their financial need, and their community involvement. Visit www.cfsarasota.org , under Students, Supporting you Education, for more information, application deadlines and to complete the application.


The Florida Facility Managers Association Scholarship (FFMA)

The Florida Facility Managers Association is an organization comprised of the top executives in Florida’s public assembly facilities (such as arenas, stadiums, amphitheaters, and convention centers) and major athletic teams. The Association offers three scholarships every year (listed below) to students who want careers in sports administration, arts administration, hospitality management, event /facility management, and related fields. To see deadline and apply for the scholarships, visit: https://www.ffmaonline.com/scholarships.php

FFMA Annual Meeting Scholarship and internship – scholarship to attend the conference (please see above link for conference dates)  and intern with the conference organizer.

General College Scholarship - $1,000 to be used by a student who is studying in a related field.

IAVM Venue Connect Scholarship - $1,000 to help offset travel and registration expenses to the IAVM (International Association of Venue Managers) conference. Please see attached link for more details: https://www.iavm.org/venueconnect/venue-connect-home

The HSMAI South Florida - Dr. Peter Ricci Scholarship

The HSMAI South Florida Chapter is now accepting Dr. Peter Ricci scholarship applications from students pursuing careers in hospitality sales and marketing, general hospitality management or revenue management. Scholarships are awarded based on merit and complete eligibility criteria and requirements are outlined on the HSMAI South Florida website.

The scholarship fund offers students enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate hospitality degree program throughout any of the South Florida educational institutions an opportunity to receive financial assistance based on the merit of their application and personal achievements.

Scholarships will be awarded based on merit in two categories and the student must be enrolled at a college or university located in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach Counties. Upon award of the scholarship, the student may elect to have the funds directly forwarded to the educational institution to be used toward their tuition for the semester or to be used to purchase books, supplies and or toward room and board. Award amounts issued will be a minimum of $500.

A minimum 2.8 GPA, 2 letters of recommendation, and the pursuit of a bachelor's degree in hospitality or tourism management are minimum requirements. For specific details,please see attached link: https://connect.hsmai.org/southflorida/scholarship11


The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS)

The Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship is intended to provide financial support to students who demonstrate a commitment to a foodservice career. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited program that will lead to an undergraduate degree in a field of study designed to prepare students for careers in foodservice, or related areas. Awards will be made only to applicants enrolled at institutions that are members of the National Association of Colleges & University Food Services. 

Please see attached link for more information: https://www.nacufs.org/careers-scholarships/scholarship-criteria/


Tourism Cares Scholarship

Tourism Cares offers up to 29 merit-based academic scholarships, with awards ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 each and totaling up to $62,000. Eligibility requirements include undergraduate students pursuing degrees in travel, tourism or hospitality in two or four year programs, as well as graduate students with a concentration in travel or tourism. Eligible students must be pursuing degrees at colleges and universities located in the United States or Canada. Some awards also have residency or citizenship requirements.

Students receiving Tourism Cares scholarships will be invited to participate in the Tourism Cares Mentoring Program at the NTA Travel Exchange, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where students will be paired with industry professionals to learn hands-on sales and marketing tactics, build their professional networks, and learn about career opportunities.

For application deadline, the online application and a complete list of the available awards, amounts and eligibility rules can be found at:



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