Hospitality Scholarships

Funding opportunities for hospitality management students are available.

There are a variety of scholarships opportunities available to incoming and current Chaplin School students each semester. The following scholarships and awards are examples of those administered by the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management:

A G Marshall American Dream Scholarship

Adel Debs Student Support

Badia Student Enrichment Scholarship

Brian & Haydee Weston Family First Generation Scholarship

Cameron G Scholderer Scholarship

Carnival Bridge Scholarship

Carnival Gold Scholars Fund

Chasen/ Rewards Network Scholarship

Chef Ken Perry Memorial Scholarship

COL. Lee C. Dickson Scholarship

David A Burke Scholarship

Dean Gerald Lattin Scholarship

Deborah L. Natansohn Scholarship

Elisa Moncarz Scholarship Fund

F. Schmeyer Rewards Networks Scholarship

Hilton Worldwide Scholarship

Hospitality Minority Scholarship / Black Hospitality Initiative

International Wine – Food Society Scholarship

Interval/CHA ScholarshipIrv Zeldman Scholarship

Janine Ella Ackerman Scholarship

Jay Weiss Travel Scholarship

John W Kluge Minority Scholarship

LB Schrager Excellence in Lead Scholarship

Loews Scholarship

M3 Hotel Distinguished Fellow

Marcel Escoffier Scholarship

Marriott Scholarship

Marvin & Maxine Himmel Scholarship

Metromedia Restaurant Minority Scholarship

Michael E Hurst Lecture-Scholarship

Ocean Waters Scholarship

Quirch Scholarship

Randal B Greene Scholarship

Ruby Tuesday Travel Scholarship

Sciortino Family Scholarship

The George Minutaglio, Jr Carrabba’s Italian Grill First Generation Scholarship

William J Boykin Scholarship

How to Apply for Scholarships

  • Go to the FIU AcademicWorks website.
  • Sign in with your MyAccounts username and password.
  • Complete the general application.
  • Select the Opportunities tab and select Ours. All available scholarships will be displayed.
  • Apply to all appropriate opportunities.
  • Tip: A simple way to find all Chaplin School scholarships is to type “hospitality” in the search bar on the FIU AcademicWorks website.


Completed applications are due on the FIU AcademicWorks website by the second Friday of the semester for which you are applying.


For more information, please contact the Office of Scholarships at 305-348-0349.

Students may apply for multiple opportunities as long as eligibility requirements are met. Hospitality students will be notified of new scholarship opportunities as they become available on the website.


The Jason Kulpa Scholarship was created to help students who have a goal of attending college at at Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management to create a lucrative career for themselves to have the opportunity to do so. The entry method is simple and we have outlined the full details below:

Note: The scholarship amount is $1,000 and submissions are due no later than May 31st, 2018 with a winner being selected and awarded by the committee by June 30th, 2018.

Who’s Eligible?

High school students who will graduate in 2018 and have already been selected to attend a college or university.
Students currently enrolled in a college or university but have yet to reach their senior year.

In order to enter for a chance to receive this scholarship you have to write a 500-word essay on the topic, “Marketing Predictions for 2019”.

Submission Deadline

May 31st, 2018

We would be honored if you would let your students know about our scholarship and give them this link to apply:

Jason Kulpa Scholarship

Scholarships are only awarded to students starting school in the Fall who are admitted before the November 1 deadline.

A full list of available scholarships is available on the FIU Undergraduate Admissions page.

A complete application includes:

Freshman Applicants

  • Online application
  • $30 non-refundable application fee
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official submission of SAT or ACT scores

Transfer Applicants

  • Online application
  • $30 non-refundable application fee
  • Official post-secondary transcripts from each college or university attended

Exclusive Honors scholarships are available for current and incoming Honors College students. FIU’s online scholarship application tool, AcademicWorks, will allow you to search and apply for Honors College scholarships and other scholarships at FIU.

To start a scholarship application on AcademicWorks:

  1. Login at with your MyAccounts username and password. (You must have already activated your FIU e-mail account and have a Panther ID number)
  2. Fill out the general scholarship application. AcademicWorks will search our database of awards and recommend scholarships you may be eligible to apply for. For some, you will automatically be entered into the applicant pool; for others, you may need to answer additional questions.
  3. To search for the Honors College scholarships (listed below), type “Honors College” in the search tab.

It is important for you to know whether you are a qualified “First Generation” student. To be considered First Gen, you must have put on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that neither of your parents COMPLETED a bachelor’s degree. If that is the case but you answered the FAFSA incorrectly, you must go to and file an amendment to your FAFSA to be eligible for First Generation scholarships.

For more information, visit the Honors College page.

If you are an international student studying here at FIU and are looking for scholarship opportunities, you can browse through several opportunities here.

Additional resources for International Students are available through the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) website.

Scholarship opportunities for international students are also available through the Latin American and Caribbean Center.

As a graduate student at FIU, you have access to a number of tools and resources that enable you to pursue both internal and external options for funding your graduate studies. We encourage you to review these options and to avail yourself of additional funding resources, such as financial aid and graduate assistantships.

Graduate Funding Opportunities


The Chaplin School has affiliations with a variety of external funding organizations within the hospitality industry. Students will receive notices about these scholarship opportunities as they become available through their FIU student e-mail. Notices will also be available at the administration office HM 210.


The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation academic scholarship applications are only accepted from February to April 15 each year. Applicants can be attending any school, and must complete all sections of the AHLEF scholarship application. Please note that any applications received from April 16 through December 31 will not be reviewed because the information provided will be outdated for the next school year.

There are two types of scholarships: School-Nominated and Self-Nominated.

To be considered for the undergraduate scholarships that are school-nominated, please send your resume, panther ID, major, and expected date of graduation to on or before March 16, 2018.

School-Nominated Eligibility:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate in a hospitality-related degree-granting program
  • At least a sophomore
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Self-Nominated Scholarships:

For the self-nominated scholarships, go to and search under ‘Scholarships’ and ‘Self-Nominated’.

  • The Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students (Awards: $3000)
  • ECOLAB Scholarship Competition (Awards: $2000)
  • American Express Scholarships (Awards: $2000)
  • Incoming Freshman (Awards: $4000)
  • Opening Doors Scholarship (Awards $7500 for both semesters; Fall/Spring)
  • Graduate Scholarship (Awards: $5000)

To apply:

For more information, please contact Dean Rocco Angelo ( or visit

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has been working with accredited universities around the globe to offer a unique program to fourth-year undergraduates and recent university graduates interested in pursuing a career in the business travel industry. Thanks to funding from BCD Travel, up to three Fellowship winners will be invited to participate in ACTE’s 2015 Around the World program — a six-week immersion learning program that leads to a six-month management development program with BCD Travel, and the potential for permanent employment.

Contact Information:

Undergraduate or graduate students studying Hospitality and/or Tourism Management are eligible for a scholarship of up to U.S. $2,500 in matching funds that will be sustained over the degree program chosen if G.P.A. is maintained, academic goals reached, continuous enrollment and financial need continues.

The scholarship accepts applications between January and March of every year.

Contact Information:

Scholarships in the form of tuition waivers and stipends are available to quali¬fied Latin American and Caribbean graduate students. The Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship offers a limited number of tuition waivers to eligible students.

Eligible students:

  • Citizens from the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman, Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela, U.K. Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • An international graduate student with a F1 or J1 Visa (Student Visa)
  • A student fully admitted to an MS or PhD program under existing criteria for the graduate program
  • A student with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher

Other minimum eligibility criteria are:

  • Surpassing the minimum admission requirements of the degree program;
  • Maintaining an overall graduate G.P.A. of 3.0; and
  • Maintaining full-time enrollment status (9 or more hours per semester as specified by the academic unit for graduate students)

Send completed application to:
Division of External Programs
10555 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33174
phone: 305.348.1949
fax: 305.348.1934

The Mary Tabacchi Scholarship was created in 2006 through the International SPA Association Foundation and is named in honor of industry pioneer and Cornell University Associate Professor Mary H. Tabacchi, Ph.D., R.D.  Students interested in a spa management-related career are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2014.

Recipients receive a $5,000 scholarship for tuition reimbursement.

  • Complimentary registration and travel expense stipend for the annual ISPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • The recipient will be assigned a one-year mentor from the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship Selection Committee.
  • A complimentary, one-year ISPA Student Membership.


Please carefully review the eligibility requirements before completing the application.  A selection committee will review applications based on the following requirements.

Desired applicant:

  1. will be a junior, senior or grad student in the upcoming school year, enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s or master’s program of a related discipline, i.e. business, health science, hospitality or spa management, and pursuing a spa management/spa leadership/spa entrepreneurial-related career.  Please note, seniors applying for this scholarship must be enrolled in classes for the fall 2014 semester to be eligible.
  2. has completed or is enrolled in courses with a strong emphasis in business, management, analytics and/or entrepreneurship.
  3. has a minimum GPA (or international equivalent) of 3.0.
  4. has completed/is currently completing a spa-related internship/externship or has conducted/currently conducting a project, paper, research initiative, etc. that has a demonstrated focus on the spa industry and can provide details of the skills and experiences gained during said internship/externship or project/paper/research initiative in his/her resume.
  5. is involved in on- or off-campus organizations or clubs and demonstrates leadership roles held in such organizations or clubs.
  6. submits the following required materials no later than April 30, 2014:
    • a completed scholarship application including detailed responses to Section 3 Essay Questions;
    • original college transcripts that include evidence of courses taken and current GPA (or international equivalent);
    • two reference letters;
    • a professional resume.

* Applications received later than April 30, 2015 will not be considered. If you have questions regarding eligibility contact To learn more about this opportunity, visit the scholarship website.

Scholarships are awarded annually based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate student
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Must be pursuing a career objective in the hospitality industry (i.e., Hotel/Restaurant Management, Culinary, Food Service, Architecture, Design, etc.)
  • U.S. citizens, permanent resident or international students are eligible
  • Application requires an official transcript

Criteria and/or requirements may differ based on specific scholarships offered by this organization. Detailed information on scholarships offered by NEWH is offered on the website.

Send completed application to:
c/o Natalia Chinea
2200 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 100
Miami, FL 33137
phone: 305.763.1262

Scholarship criteria:

  • Actively enrolled student: 2-year program freshman and above, 4-year sophomore/second year and above, or graduate level attending college in: Southern Florida
  • 3.0 GPA (cumulative) overall “B” average or grade percentage of 83%-86% equivalent
  • Financial need through college for past/current/upcoming tuition or program approved books/supplies
  • Major and career objective within a hospitality related field (interior design, hospitality management, culinary, etc.)

Questions or to submit application/documents:

Jennifer Delmas
1929 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL 33134


  • Must be a full-time student in the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management (undergraduate:  minimum 12 credit hours, graduate: minimum 9 credit hours).
  • Must have a 3.0 or better overall GPA ( which MUST be maintained)
  • U.S. citizen

Minimum scholarship award: $1000. The award amounts are based upon financial need, other financial support, recommendation letters and application qualifications/ratings.

Submit completed application by e-mail or mail to:

Stassa E. Lewis
2427 Finlandia Ln., #23, Clearwater, FL 33763

Tourism Cares awards up to 29 Academic Scholarships annually ranging from $2,000 from $4,000, for a total of more than $62,000.  The Academic Scholarships benefit high school, undergraduate or graduate level students of travel, tourism or hospitality related programs of study at accredited schools within the U.S. and Canada.

General Application Criteria for all Tourism Cares Academic Scholarships:

  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada (exception: graduate research scholarships are international)
  • Full or part-time student enrolled in a travel, tourism or hospitality related program of study
  • Enrolled in the fall semester of a two or four year university in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Cumulative or overall minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to UG students enrolled in second half of career: sophomores in associates program, juniors or seniors in bachelors; or graduate level students at any time (with the exception of the 1 High School Scholarship)

Online application opens in February each year.

If you have any questions please contact:

Apply directly to the organization to be considered for an external scholarship.

Apply directly to the organization using the contact information provided to be considered for an external scholarship.


For assistance, please contact the Office of Scholarships at 305-348-0349.

Application Process

To complete an application, the student must specify the class for which he/she will be an assistant and the professor of that class must sign the application form in the spaces provided. The professor’s signature is an indication of his/her approval of this student. Qualified students are those who have a cumulative FIU G.P.A. of 3.0 or above, and have received a grade of ‘B’ or better in the class for which they would be an assistant. Students must submit the completed teaching assistant application form to Gabrielle Cazimir in HM 210.



For more information, please contact the Office of Scholarships at 305-348-0349.


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Florida State College Transfer Scholarship


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