About the Scholarship

American Express Academic Scholarship Program was established in 1987 to encourage and recognize academic excellence and help American Express employees fund their children's undergraduate college education. This award is awarded by the organization American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation. This scholarship gives for tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals to improve access to postsecondary education.

How to apply for the scholarship?

  • Applications are available on the official website American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) and all the applicants must access the online application in order to apply for this scholarship.

  • A student must submit the Official scorecards of ACT/SAT to demonstrate the completion of the graduation semester as well as academic performance.

  • In addition to that applicant must write and submit personal details including personal background, anticipated expenses for the upcoming academic year, financial needs.

  • He/she has to submit financial data from his/her most recent tax return.
  • He/she has to submit recent college, high school, or GED transcript that includes a cumulative grade point average based upon a 4.0 scale.

    The awarded amount for the application:

  • The amount awarded for this scholarship $2,000 for full-time students per year and $1,000 for a part-time student per year. 
  • The number of the award given to the eligible candidates per year varies depends on the number of eligible candidates applied for this scholarship and availability of the fund amount.

     Deadline of the scholarship:

  • The deadline for the scholarship is the 15th of February 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must be a resident of the US.

The candidate's cumulative college grade point should be an average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.

She must have completed her sophomore year of college or higher (or 60 credit hours or the equivalent) at the time of the application deadline. The scholarship is intended to support the costs of attending the third, fourth, or fifth years of study.

The applicant's major subject must be hospitality management program.

The candidate must be working a minimum of 20 hours per week at an AH&LA member hotel with at least 12 months' hotel experience, OR be a dependent of a qualified employee, and have past employment in some capacity in the hospitality industry. The student should contact the AH&LA's membership department.


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