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EIM Scholarship Information

EIM Scholarship


Deadline: May 15 James Beard Foundation (JBF) Application

Established in 1991, the scholarship program assists aspiring and established culinary professionals who plan to further their education at a licensed or accredited culinary school or hospitality institution, college, or university. In the past 25 years, the program has not only grown in visibility and financial scope, but in the array of subjects its recipients have embraced. As of 2017, the Foundation has awarded over $7 million in financial aid to 2,000 recipients.

Deadline: May 31, 2018 California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF) Application

Each year, the Foundation awards dozens of scholarships to deserving high school seniors and undergraduate students who dream of pursuing higher education to study the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries, as well as to instructors who want to continue their education. In 2017, $85,000 in scholarships were given to 22 students. Since its inception in 1981, CRAF has awarded more than $1.75 million in scholarships and grants.

Deadline: June 1, 2018 International Association of Exhibition and Events  Application

Each year, scholarships are awarded to individuals who are exploring the study of exhibition management with the end goal of advancing their careers in this field.
The 2018 Helen Brett Scholarship Application is now available!

Deadline: June 1, 2018 Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) Application

AORE celebrates hard-working students and professionals for their achievements in our industry by awarding a conference, certification or research scholarship to deserving members each year. Each year the Student Development Committee awards multiple scholarships for student development and assistance in attending the AORE Annual Conference. The winners will receive a scholarship to attend the AORE Annual Conference.

Deadline: June 29, 2018  International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) Application

The IFEA Foundation helps to support the mission and vision of the IFEA by providing financial support that allows the organization to fulfill its educational goals; goals which further ensure the quality of both the events and the professionals who make up our unique industry. Since its founding in 1993, the IFEA Foundation has provided scholarship assistance to over 150 deserving students, new professionals and financially challenged events, allowing them the opportunity to attend the annual IFEA Convention & Expo, regional training seminars and other special programs. Scholarship recipients are able to return home with new ideas, information and motivation to take their own events and careers, as well as our industry, to the next level.

Much of the financial support for the IFEA Foundation and, in turn, the IFEA, comes through the generous donations of our IFEA Members through Annual Giving Gifts, Special Fund-Raising Campaigns and our Annual Foundation Auction held each year at the IFEA Convention & Expo.

Over the years, selected individuals and/or groups of individuals have chosen to honor a professional peer for their outstanding dedication to our industry; to pay lasting tribute to a loved one or a professional colleague who has passed away; or to insure the continued professional growth of those serving our industry in their region of the world or professional niche of our industry through an IFEA Foundation Legacy Scholarship. It is a special way to connect tomorrow’s professionals with those who have paved the way for us all

Deadline: July 01, 2018 Max & Marion Caldwell Foundation Application

This grant was created to thank camp counselors for their dedication to campers and the camp industry. It awards $1,000 toward college tuition.

The camp counselor must have worked at an ACA-accredited summer camp in Northern California for 2 summers with at least one summer as a counselor and have the recommendation of the camp’s director. The grant will be paid directly to the recipient’s educational institution.

Deadline: October 2018  Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Application

The road to greatness is not always paved with equal opportunity. The PCMA Education Foundation’s aim is for our community to own that road for the meetings and business events industry. The Foundation funds 75 scholarships annually benefiting emerging leaders, students, faculty and other professionals. Funds raised throughout the year have a lasting impact.

Deadline: October 2018 California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) Application

The California Foundation for Parks and Recreation Scholarship Committee offers scholarships to assist noteworthy students in fulfilling their goal of entering the park and recreation profession. The Committee annually awards scholarships to junior, senior and graduate level students majoring in recreation, parks, leisure studies and closely related fields, throughout the state of California.  Award amounts are generally between $1000 and $2000. On occasion, an outstanding student has been the recipient of more than one scholarship.

Deadline: November 2018 California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA) Application

CLIA awards annual academic scholarships to worthy California college students pursuing an education in the lodging and hospitality fields. The CLIA Board of Directors created the scholarship fund in 1998 to recognize and promote academic excellence. The fund is solely funded through the generous donations of CLIA members. Scholarships of $1,500 and more will be awarded for one academic year. Scholarships may be renewed upon reapplication.

Deadline: February 15-April 1, 2019 Tourism Cares Application

Tourism Cares offers up to 29 merit-based academic scholarships totaling $62,000 supporting undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality programs.

Deadline: March 2019 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Application

The scholarships and fellowships provide recipients with the opportunity to attend and explore the operation of the field at the NRPA Annual Conference. A primary focus is to inspire future participation and leadership in NRPA and to develop professional contacts with leadership and members from around the nation. Recipients receive complimentary NRPA Annual Conference registration, a travel stipend and hotel expenses reimbursed.

Deadline: March 2019 California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LAEF) Application

The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation provides funding and assistance to individuals studying in the field of hospitality and the California institutions that offer hospitality training as well as for related activities which further research and knowledge in the field of hotel management with respect to the lodging, hospitality, and food service industries. In just the past two decades, CH&LA’s Education Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 to the future benefit of the California lodging industry.

Deadline: August 2018-check website NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation Application

The NIRSA Foundation is pleased to offer a variety of scholarships to cover registration fees for NIRSA professional development events, such as the NIRSA Annual Conference and the J. Michael Dunn preconference workshop. These opportunities ensure that all our members can take advantage of these amazing educational opportunities without worrying about the cost of registration.

Student scholarships cover the cost of registration fees for the appropriate NIRSA event related to each fund or endowment.

Deadline: check website NEWH The Hospitality Industry Network Application

About NEWH 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.).

For additional questions please contact the department faculty scholarship advisor Dr. Keri Schwab at


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