The OHLA Education & Training Fund

$250–$500Award Amount
1Number of Awards
2/19/2023Submission Deadline

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The Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association (OHLA) Education & Training Fund provides financial support to help employees of the hospital industry continue their education and further their careers in Ohio.

Applicants are required to have been employees of good standing for no less than 90 days. Full-time employees must have a minimum of 32 hours per week, whereas part-time employees only need 20 hours per week. Applicants’ courses and seminars must also be specific to the hospitality industry and the applicant’s current job or career goal. This scholarship award is designed for a single course or seminar and not an entire program.

The application process involves submitting an application form, an essay, a recommendation form from your General Manager, and official information on your course/seminar and its cost.

Key Information of The OHLA Education & Training Fund

Study Details

Area of Study


Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Vocational/Technical School

Award Amount


Number of Awards


The OHLA Education & Training Fund Timeline

November 2022

Applications Opening Date

Applications open on November 12.

February 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on February 19.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: All
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Ohio
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Recommendation letters

How to ace the The OHLA Education & Training Fund


Start the application process early

You should start the application process as soon as possible. This will allow you enough time to acquire all necessary documents, contact your referees or recommenders, complete all forms and work on your essay. Have everything organized and planned to avoid any last-minute complications.


Essay objective and review

Your essay is your voice and the complete picture of your character, ambitions, and abilities. Make it concise and interesting – let it capture your pursuit of your course of study. Tell the judges your story and what you hope to achieve. Stay focused and get a second or third eye review from your mentor or instructor.


Demonstrate your strength as an employee

In your essay and application highlight your work performance and skills as an employee. Get your supervisor’s opinion and evaluation of your work. This will show the judges why you are a good candidate and let them understand how furthering your education would benefit your career.


Review your application

Before submitting your application, make sure to check for grammatical errors, incorrect information, and all required documents. Applications are to be submitted online or physically to the OHLA offices and the Education Trust Fund committee.

How the The OHLA Education & Training Fund is Judged

Applications are judged based on the strength of the applicant’s application. There is a maximum of $1,000 per member organization/company within 12 months.

Why We Love the The OHLA Education & Training Fund


Supports professional development

The scholarship is aimed at ensuring current employees in the hospital get better at their jobs and have the required skills and knowledge to advance in their careers and contribute to the company they work for.


Not limited to a degree

The Education & Training Fund does not only support employees seeking a college or university degree or a technical school certificate, but also employees seeking to attend seminars, webinars, and training that would benefit them and the member company.


Professional community

The OHLA Emerging Professionals helps young professionals in the hospitality industry by giving them access to resources, networking, and other career development opportunities.

5 Facts About the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association


Founded in 1893

With over 125 years since its founding, the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association is one of the oldest hotel associations in America.


Originally Ohio State Hotel Association

It was originally the Ohio State Hotel Association, before changing to the Ohio Hotel Association in 1917, then in 1923 to the Ohio Hotels Association, and to the Ohio Hotel & Motel Association in 1964 after it merged with the Ohio Motel Association – it adopted its current name in 1998.


Lodging councils

The OHLA oversees lodging councils across Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Northwest Ohio, Mahoning Valley, and Southwest Ohio


The OHLA are advocates

The OHLA serves as the voice of the hospitality business, campaigning and opposing legislation on state and local levels that would impact the industry.


OHLA courses

Since 1928, the OHLA has worked with various universities with hospitality programs by providing its expertise to create hotel courses that are relevant to the industry.

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