About Our Scholarships

LVHA Philanthropy

One of the goals of LVHA is to be a leader in philanthropic gifts and scholarships to the Southern Nevada Community and the Tourism Industry. LVHA has established Scholarship Programs and Endowments as well as many individual scholarships honoring our industry professionals.

LVHA has raised over $1 Million for scholarships and charities and is constantly working to fulfill its goal to make education a priority within the growing needs of our industry, organization and community. To accomplish our goals, we have established the following programs:

Child of LVHA Scholarship
  • Average Amount/Award - $1,250 per semester
  • Deadline - 1/31/2018

Applicant must be the dependent of a LVHA member in good standing for one year. This is a financial need scholarship. The student must maintain a 3.0 minimum cumulative weighted GPA per semester in order to receive the scholarship award for the next semester. A transcript and class schedule will be required and the student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours. This is not a renewable scholarship. However, past recipients may re-apply for additional years. Up to four scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each will be offered. This scholarship is paid $1,250 per semester & recipient must submit the proper paperwork and meet the qualifications to receive the award for the second semester. (Submit spring class schedule, fall transcript & scholarship payment form.)

Verification of enrollment and class schedule are required each semester. Scholarship funds must be applied toward tuition only. If a student drops out of school the pro-rated tuition refund is to be returned to The Public Education Foundation and deposited in the LVHA scholarship fund.

Supplemental Questions

  • Essay - 400-500 words "How will this scholarship help with my education?" (1st Time Applicants Only)
  • Are you a child or grandchild of an LVHA member for one year, in good standing?
  • If so, full name of the LVHA Member.
  • LVHA Member place of employment

Please visit Public Education Foundation for information and to apply

Child of LVHA Graduate School Scholarship
  • Average Amount/Award - $1,250 per semester
  • Deadline - 1/31/2018

Current college graduates who have earned a four year degree and are enrolling in a graduate program and are a child or grandchild of an LVHA member who is active and in good standing for three years may apply for this scholarship. This is a financial need scholarship. The student must maintain a 3.0 minimum cumulative weighted GPA per semester in order to receive the scholarship award for the next semester. A transcript and class schedule will be required and the student must be enrolled in consecutive semesters. This is not a renewable scholarship. However, past recipients may re-apply for additional year. Scholarship(s) in the amount of $2,500 each will be offered. This scholarship is paid $1,250 per semester & recipient must submit the proper paperwork and meet the qualifications to receive the award for the second semester. Number awarded to be determined.

Verification of enrollment and class schedule are required each semester. Scholarship funds must be applied toward tuition only. If a student drops out of school the pro-rated tuition refund is to be returned to The Public Education Foundation and deposited in the LVHA scholarship fund.

Supplemental Questions

  • Essay - 400-500 words "How will this scholarship help with my education?" (1st Time Applicants Only)
  • Are you a child or grandchild of an LVHA member for three years, in good standing?
  • If so, full name of the LVHA Member.
  • LVHA Member place of employment

Please visit Public Education Foundation for information and to apply

LVHA Member Certification Scholarship
  • Average Amount/Award - $500
  • Deadline - 1/31/2018

This certificate is available to any LVHA Member in good standing as a member of LVHA for one year. One award of $500 will be awarded. This scholarship may only be used for tuition at any accredited educational institution or certificate program approved by LVHA. This award is available to all LVHA members who are attending the LVHA CMP Camp graduating with the CMP certificate.

Supplemental Questions

  • Are you a member of LVHA in good standing for one year?

Please visit Public Education Foundation for information and to apply

LVHA Member Continuing Education Scholarship
  • Average Amount/Award - $1,000
  • Deadline - 1/31/2018

This scholarship is available to any LVHA Member in good standing as a member of LVHA for one year. The scholarship pays $500 per semester for one year and recipient must attend CSN or UNLV. These funds may only be used for tuition.

Supplemental Questions

  • Are you a dependent of a LVHA member for one year, in good standing?
  • Do you plan to attend CSN or UNLV?

Please visit Public Education Foundation for information and to apply

LVHA Scholarships at the College of Southern Nevada

LVHA has donated over $349,000 to CSN for endowments, scholarships and programs for students and LVHA members. LVHA has also recognized industry and LVHA members with $67,500 in scholarship awards in their names at CSN through the Distinction Awards and through recognition awards of past members.

For more information, contact our Philanthropy Chairperson Mary Thomas at parliamentarian@mylvha.org

Valley High School Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship
  • Average Amount/Award - $1,000
  • Deadline - 1/31/2018

This scholarship is open to all graduating seniors from Valley High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism who are graduating with a 3.0 G or above, non-weighted, cumulative GPA and are planning to attend an accredited U.S. College or University full-time. Up to ten scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be offered.

Verification of enrollment and class schedule are required. Scholarship funds must be applied toward tuition only. If a student drops out of school the pro-rated tuition refund is to be returned to The Public Education Foundation and deposited in the LVHA scholarship fund. These funds are paid per semester.

Supplemental Questions

  • Essay ‐ 400‐500 words. "How will this scholarship help with my education?"
  • Are you a graduating senior from Valley High School's Academy of Hospitality and Tourism?

Please visit Public Education Foundation for information and to apply

LVHA Scholarships at UNLV

LVHA has established a $50,000 Endowment that funds UNLV Students attending the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. This endowment is self-funded and awards yearly scholarships to hospitality majors.

For more information, contact our Philanthropy Chairperson Mary Thomas at parliamentarian@mylvha.org

LVHA Distinction Award Scholarships

LVHA established named scholarships for the recipients of the Distinction Awards 2017. Each award is $2,500 and awarded over two years. LVHA named awards are:

  • LVHA Distinction Legacy Award, Chuck Schwartz
  • LVHA Distinction Industry Leader, Michael Dominguez
  • LVHA Distinction Organization of the Year, CES/CTA
  • LVHA Distinction Spirit Award, Amy Riley
  • LVHA Distinction Rising Star, Ashley Lowe

Visit this link for more information

LVHA & The Public Education Foundation

LHVA has established a $50,000 Endowment and Scholarship Fund with the Public Education Foundation. The Public Education Foundation has partnered with LVHA to disburse all scholarships.


LVHA Mary Thomas Community Scholarship

CCSD, Private, or Charter School seniors with a 3.0 or higher GPA who plan to attend an accredited college or university may apply for this scholarship. Financial need will be considered. One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded and may be renewable for an additional three years if student meets the criteria for a total of $10,000.

Verification of college enrollment (class schedule) will be required during the summer before check is mailed to the college. Scholarship funds must be applied toward tuition, fees and other appropriate educational expenses. These funds will be disbursed in equal payments over two semesters.

  • Award - $2,500 - Renewable
  • Deadline - 1/31/2018
  • Supplemental Questions:

1. Essay - 350 words - Why do you need this scholarship, what is your field of study and future plans with your college degree.
2. Include a "Financial Need Letter" explaining why you need assistance with your college expenses.
3. Please request two letters of recommendation. Please be VERY careful that you are typing the email addresses correctly. You should notify these individuals to expect an email from you giving them a link to upload their letter to The Public Education Foundation.

Please visit Public Education Foundation for information and to apply

Please contact our Philanthropy Chairperson Mary Thomas at parliamentarian@mylvha.org if you have any questions on any of these scholarships.