Since 2015, AEF has awarded almost $100,000 in scholarships. Annually, AEF offers a scholarship to each of Washington, DC’s six high school Academies of Hospitality and Tourism and Culinary Arts, as well as Academy alumni currently enrolled in higher education to continue their studies. Awards are based upon solid academic background, essays, letters of recommendation and interest in a career in hospitality.
The David Iselin Scholarship for Community Service is dedicated to the memory of our late Destination DC colleague. In addition to being a very talented young hospitality sales professional, David was a stalwart supporter of the American Experience Foundation and his synagogue here in Washington, DC. His scholarship is awarded annually to an Academy student or alumni who represents David’s commitment in using his talents to make his community a better place.
The scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from David’s parents, Harold and Lauren Iselin.
The Ray Bennett Scholarship for Leadership is dedicated to the memory of our late colleague Ray Bennett, President of U.S. and Canada Franchising of Marriott International. As one of Marriott’s most senior leaders, Ray understood that he had the opportunity to serve as a role model for young people across the business and outside the company. His dedication to helping future leaders succeed included serving as a member of the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism Industry Advisory Board for DC Public Schools.
The Akira Wilson Memorial Scholarship for Entrepreneurship recognizes a student at Jackson-Reed High School who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and entrepreneurship. Akira attended Jackson-Reed, where she was a member of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, and dual-enrolled at Trinity University. Akira interned with Concord Hospitality at the Wharf, and planned to attend Florida State University.
AEF Scholarships are only open to individuals who have attended one of Washington, DC's ten Academies of Hospitality and Tourism, Culinary Arts, or Mass Media or the former Hospitality High School. Scholarships can be used at any higher education institution, including certificate programs, 2- and 4- year undergraduate programs, and graduate programs. Applications open in March and close in early May.
For more information, please contact a staff member at your Academy or Lisa Waldschmitt.