Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

A variety of scholarships are available to incoming first-year students as well as current hospitality/tourism management and consumer science students. The number of scholarships and amounts awarded are subject to change without notice.

Descriptions and Criteria

White Family Scholars Scholarship

Congratulations on being admitted to Purdue and its Hospitality and Tourism Management Program! Below is one scholarship to consider. The White Family Scholars Scholarship was established in 2023 in memory of the late hospitality visionary and Purdue alum, Bruce White. Bruce White was the founder and former chairman of White Lodging, a hospitality company headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana. The Scholarship aims to support outstanding new students enrolled in Purdue’s Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) major, and committed to completing the HTM Finance Concentration. The scholarship will cover full tuition and fees for United States (U.S.) citizens or U.S. permanent residents for one year only. Recipients of the scholarship can reapply each year during their tenure at Purdue. To apply, complete the application and upload your documents at the link below.

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White Family Scholars Scholarship

Criteria

  • High cumulative high school GPA
  • High SAT or ACT Score
  • Area: Interest in Purdue’s hospitality and tourism management program, Math, and numbers, in general.
  • Involvement in organizations and/or engagement in volunteer work.
  • U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident only.

Official Transcript

All applicants will need a transcript.

Updated Resume

All applicants will need an updated resume. Your resume should include:

  • Your cumulative high school GPA.
  • Your SAT or ACT score.
  • Organizations and clubs you were or are involved with.
  • Volunteer projects you were and are involved with.
  • And any other information you think may strengthen your application.

Brief Essay

And in no more than 300 words, state the following: How finance makes a contribution to organizations and how you see yourself contributing to this area in the future.

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White Family Scholars Scholarship

The White Family Scholars Scholarship aims to support students enrolled in Purdue’s Hospitality & Tourism Management major and committed to completing the HTM Finance Concentration. Recipients should be high-achieving sophomores, juniors, and seniors with strong interests in finance and lodging. The scholarship will cover full tuition and fees for United States (U.S.) citizens or U.S. permanent residents for one year only. To apply, complete the application and upload your documents at the link below.

Criteria for Sophomores

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.0 or higher
  • Area: Have a strong commitment to finance and to completing Purdue’s HTM finance concentration. To prove the latter, an approved mapped 4-year plan of study must be submitted with your application. This plan of study should be approved by the applicant’s advisor or by Maggy Leitch in the HTM Career Center.
  • Work experience in lodging and/or hospitality finance. (For this criterion, bonus points will be awarded.)
  • Involvement in student organizations and HTM events like Career Day, Spirit of Hospitality Summit, etc.
  • U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident only.

Criteria for Junior or Rising Seniors

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.0 or higher/ Finance Coursework GPA: 3.0 or higher
  • Area: Have a strong commitment to finance and to completing Purdue’s HTM finance concentration. To prove the latter, an approved mapped 4-year plan of study must be submitted with your application. This plan of study should be approved by the applicant’s advisor or by Maggy Leitch in the HTM Career Center.
  • Work experience in lodging and/or hospitality finance.
  • Involvement in student organizations and HTM events like Career Day, Spirit of Hospitality Summit, etc.
  • U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident only.
  • Engagement in industry-based and/or scholarly research, in general, but especially in finance. (For this criterion, bonus points will be awarded.)

Criteria for Students Reapplying

Enrolled students in the Hospitality & Tourism Management major at Purdue can reapply for the scholarship each year. However, in addition to the criteria listed above the following are required.

  • Attendance at, a minimum of one, White Family Scholars event per academic year.
  • Attendance at multiple HTM professional events per academic year.
  • A copy of the essay submitted with your earlier application (along with your new essay).

Official Transcript

All applicants will need an official transcript or an unofficial transcript printout.

Updated Resume

All applicants will also need an updated resume. Your resume should include:

  • Your current cumulative and HTM Finance GPA (if available).
  • Your work experience, inclusive of dates and a brief overview of your duties and responsibilities for each.
  • Student organizations you were and are currently involved with, the dates when, and your role(s).
  • Research projects you worked on. For example, poster and/or standup presentations you made on an industry-based or scholarly research project(s) you work on whether alone or with others. Publication(s) on your research whether you authored it (or them) alone or with others. All research-related inputs to your resume should be listed according to American Psychological Association (APA) requirements.
  • For applicants re-applying for the scholarship, list the White Family Scholars activities and HTM events you attended inclusive of the dates.

Brief Essay

Finally, in no more than 300 words, state in an essay why you should be selected for this scholarship. Persons reapplying for the scholarship should submit two essays, their previous and a current essay.

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AIANTA Tourism and Hospitality Scholarship

Awarding Body: American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA),

Application Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2024

Application Link/Email: https://www.aianta.org/scholarships/

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Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship 

Awarding Body: The Association of Destination Management Executives International

Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Application Link/Email: LTMS Application – ADMEI

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Barbara Giamanco Memorial Scholarship 

Awarding Body: Sales Education Foundation

Application Deadline: October 27, 2023

Application Link/Email: info@salesfoundation.org

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The Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) will be hosted in Los Angeles in a couple of weeks.

Based on Purdue University’s participation in ALIS, we would like to extend a special invitation for 2-3 students to participate as Student Ambassadors in our Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) and the Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference at the brand-new Loews Coral Gables in Florida on April 22-25, 2024. CHRIS and HOLA are the market leading hotel investment conferences for the Caribbean and Latin America regions. Similar to ALIS, the attendees will be focused on investing and developing hotel real estate across the regions, and they will be the c-suite leaders and decision-makers. 

For CHRIS and HOLA, the following is a tentative schedule of conference hours where we will need the Student Ambassadors available:

  • Sunday, April 21, 2024: 2:00pm-4:00pm (conference orientation and registration training)
  • Monday, April 22, 2024: 9:00am-6:00pm (student session in morning followed by first shifts)
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024: 8:00am-6:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024: 8:00am-5:30pm
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024: 8:00am-1:00pm

Similar to ALIS, all students will undergo a hiring process with our parent company, Northstar Travel Group, and the students will be paid based on their scheduled hours.  Each student will need to be eligible to work within the US.”

Interested students notify Dr. Annmarie Nicely at ajnicely@purdue.edu. Include in your email your interest, full name, and cellphone number. The deadline to do this is Monday February 12, 2024. Once the names and other details are received, you will be apprised of your next steps. Indicating interest does not guarantee your participation in the program.

For details on CHRIS and HOLA, visit the websites below.

Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit: CHRIS- The BHN Group (burba.com)

Hotel Opportunities Latin America: Hotel Opportunities Latin America- The BHN Group (burba.com)