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School Nominated Scholarships: All you need to know

Loans, grants, financial aid, and scholarships are just some of the available funding choices for people in need. You can apply for these in a variety of ways, but some scholarships require a nomination from either your school counselor or administration. These are typically referred to as school-nominated scholarships

Here, we delve into some scholarships that are awarded based on nominations made by schools to overseas students.


The following are some of the scholarships that are available:

  • AHLA Foundation Annual Scholarship Grant Program

  • Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship

  • Rama Scholarship for the American Dream

AHLA Foundation Annual Scholarship Grant Program

The AHLA Foundation's Annual Scholarship Grant Program is jointly operated with a consortium of educational institutions. The scholarship grant program is made possible via the generosity of the following scholarship funds:

  • AHLA Foundation General Campaign

  • AHLA Foundation Hospitality 2000

  • Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS)

  • Melinda Bush Mentors

  • John Clifford Memorial

  • Cecil B. Day Memorial

For detailed information on these scholarship fund visit this website.

The criteria for eligibility in general is:

Candidates must:

  • Attending an approved undergraduate hospitality management program

  • Grade Point Average Required: 3.0 (2.0 if receiving Conrad Hilton Funds)

  • Anyone who can prove they are either a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

  • Graduated from high school or college in one to two years, respectively.

The enrollment status and the school's recommendation will determine the award amount, which may be $500 to $6,000.

Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship

Professor Arthur Packard A third-generation hotelier, Arthur J. Packard's career with AHLA was one of the longest on record, lasting more than 30 years. There is an annual competition among four-year programs connected with the Foundation called the Packard Competition, and the winner of this competition receives a scholarship, along with two runners-up.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • The top student from each four-year program in an affiliation network is entered into a national competition. Those seeking nomination must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be taking at least 12 credits each semester to graduate in December, or in the fall semester only.

  • A four-year college or university student in the United States who plans to concentrate in the field of hospitality management

  • One year of college behind the current class level as of the next fall semester

  • At least a 3.5 average in all courses taken

  • Individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States

Money for College:

  • The top prize is a $5,000 college education.

  • A $3,000 award goes to the runner-up.

  • A $2,000 award goes to the runner-up.

Rama Scholarship for the American Dream

With a gift of $1,000,000, Auro Hotels endowed the Rama Scholarship for the American Dream. The five Rama brothers who run the show came to the United States from India in search of better opportunities.

From the purchase of a single hotel, the company expanded into the management of 30 locations across the globe. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the brothers' first hotel purchase, they set up a foundation to help others follow in their footsteps and pursue their own versions of the American Dream. Scholarships totaling $817,800 have been distributed from the Rama Scholarship Fund to 492 students since its creation in 1998.

Qualifications Required

  • Taking at least 9 credits this next fall and spring, or simply fall if graduating in December.

  • Students pursuing degrees in hospitality management at the undergraduate or graduate levels

  • GPA minimum requirement of 2.5%

  • Those who can prove they are either American citizens or permanent residents

Beneficiaries are chosen by the participating institutions. Priority is given to Auro Hotels staff and students of Asian or Indian heritage or other underrepresented groups.

Schools Taking Part

Twelve institutions with degrees in hospitality management have been selected to take part in the program.

  • College of Bethune-Cookman

  • The University of California, State Polytechnic

  • Institution: Cornell

  • To the University of Florida in Miami

  • College of Georgia

  • South Carolina, Greenville Technical College

  • Johnson & Wales University

  • New York University

  • College of Central Florida

  • Humble, Texas

  • A College or University in South Carolina

  • State University of Virginia and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Scholarships Awards

Scholarship awards vary from $500 to $3,000 based on student enrollment and school recommendations.


Up to two candidates per institution or program may be nominated for the Belk Scholarship, while up to three candidates may be nominated for either the Bryan or Charles Scholarships. The Davidson Admissions Committee may also put in a nomination for you if they think your application is particularly outstanding.

Nomination Scholarships are renewable for the remaining three years of study at Davidson, given that the student maintains the required grade point average, makes satisfactory academic progress toward completion of the degree, and is actively involved in campus life.

John M. Belk Scholarship

Complete cost of attendance (tuition, fees, housing, and board) plus two $3,000 special opportunity stipends awarded annually. Number of Recipients per Academic Year: Up to eight every incoming freshman class.

Students who have shown extraordinary accomplishment and promise in the areas of academics, character, leadership, and service are eligible.

More information on the John Belk Scholarship can be found here

Lowell L. Bryan Scholarship

Benefit Awarded: Covers Entire Cost of Education

Each incoming freshman class will have one female and one male scholar-athlete awarded.

Athletes and students who will make outstanding contributions in the classroom, on the field, and in other areas of campus life at Davidson are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about Bryan Scholarship click on this link

Charles Scholarship

Scholarship Value Per Year: 100% of Average Annual Tuition (room, board, tuition, fees, spending allowance for books, travel, personal expenses). There will be up to three winners in each incoming freshman class.

Students who have graduated from a public or charter high school in Chicago and have demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply. Hispanic and Latinx students are given priority because they have historically been under-represented.

Get more information about this scholarship here

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the scholarship application process or need assistance navigating the financial aid landscape. In addition, if you have any questions regarding applying to college, we are here to help.

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