Colorado Hospitality Scholarship Program

The Colorado Hospitality Scholarship Program is comprised of three (3) of the state’s industry associations that have come together to offer scholarships to help support undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the hospitality and tourism industry at accredited, four-year (4) universities and colleges.  

Hospitality Scholarships Available:

  • Karl Mehlmann Scholarship = Funded through the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation (AH&LEF) and administered through the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA).  This application is open to students around the country that attend an AH&LEF affiliated school and meet all of the required criteria.

    Background information: This scholarship is named after Karl W. Mehlmann who served as an outstanding leader in the Colorado hospitality industry for over 40 years and was an active figure in furthering education within the lodging industry. 

  • MDLC Scholarship = Administered through the Metro Denver Lodging Council (MDLC) which is an organization that was formed to address issues that pertained specifically to metro Denver area hotels and includes; legislative issues, the Denver convention center, tax issues, transportation issues, and new developments in the metro area.

    Background information: This scholarship program was created by the association to help benefit students attending a Denver metro area ONLY college or university.

  • HHRA Scholarship = Administered through the Hospitality Human Resource Association (HHRA) which is a professional organization designed to meet the needs of hospitality industry Human Resources Professionals. Organized in 1977, the mission of the association is to provide quality education and learning experiences, promote the sharing of ideas and concepts that affect the profession, further enhance sound Human Resource management practices within our industry, and create a functioning network for its members. 

    Background information: This scholarship program was created by the association to help benefit students attending a Colorado college or university.

We are now accepting applications for the 2015/2016 academic year!  

Click here to download a copy of the application. 

2015 AHLEF Affiliated Schools List

***FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 10, 2015.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship programs, please contact the CHLA office at (303) 297-8335 or