The CLIA Academic Scholarship Fund

Do you know a California college student studying for a career in the lodging or hospitality industry?

CLIA awards an annual academic scholarship to worthy California college students pursuing an education in lodging and hospitality. The CLIA Board of Directors created the scholarship fund in 1998 to recognize and promote academic excellence. The fund is solely funded through the generous donations of CLIA members.

Award Amount
Scholarships of $1,500 and more will be awarded for one academic year. Scholarships may be renewed upon reapplication.

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on a combination of their academic performance, lodging or hospitality work experience, extracurricular activities, personal attributes, and future goals. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a California resident
  • Must be currently enrolled in a four-year California college or university
  • Must be majoring in a lodging or hospitality-related field
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Must have completed three semesters as a full-time student

Scholarship Process
Students must complete the current year’s application and adhere to all deadlines. Contact the CLIA office for an application or click here to download a copy. The application requires a 250-word summary of the student’s background, achievements, activities, and experiences, and an outline of their goals in the lodging and hospitality industry. References and letters of recommendation will be accepted from students’ employers, college/university instructors, or friends of at least five years (no relatives). Applicants may be interviewed via telephone or in person.

Award Notification
The deadline for submitting a CLIA scholarship application is November 28, 2024. CLIA encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and other traditionally underrepresented groups. For applications, deadlines, or questions about the process, contact CLIA at

Donate to the CLIA Academic Scholarship Fund
CLIA is pleased to help provide the means for educational attainment to worthy hospitality scholars throughout California, donations to the scholarship fund by check or by credit card should be sent to:

CLIA Scholarship Fund
1017 L Street #527
Sacramento, CA 95814-3805

If you would like to make a donation by credit card, contact CLIA at (800) 637-4664.

Click here to download application.