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FOR QUESTIONS & MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IHLAEF, CONTACT: 

Karrie Teel
Director of Education, Communications, & Board Administration
Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association 
27 E. Monroe St. | Suite 1200 
Chicago, IL 60603
O: 312-346-3135 x233
F: 312-346-6036
E: 
KTeel@IllinoisHotels.org

 

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YOUR IHLAEF PLEDGE DOLLARS MAKE A DIFFERENCE 
IN THE YOUNG HOSPITALITY LEADERS OF TOMMORROW!

Your corporate and/or individual contributions are essential to the success of deserving college students who have chosen hospitality as their career of choice. We hope you will join our efforts to support the Foundation Scholarship Program and make an investment in the industry that means so much to all of us.

DONATE TODAY 

IHLAEF BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Ginny Morrison
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Spire Hospitality            

VICE CHAIRMAN
David Sowell

CCS Prime

TREASURER
Ron Vlasic
Director of Operations
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants 

SECRETARY
Ed Copeland
Kendall College

PRESIDENT & CEO
Marc Gordon
Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association

BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Carol Brown 
Associate Professor
Roosevelt University 
Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality & Tourism Management 

Jim Gould
Principal
Horizon Hotel Group

Peter Hoffman
Senior Vice President, Operations
Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Arnie Karr
President
Karr & Associates, Inc.

Jerry Keyes
General Manager
Midway Hotel Center 

Dale McFarland
President & CEO
General Manager
Veracity Hospitality
KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark 

David Prentiss, CHA 
Regional Director of Operations 
Pillar Hotels & Resorts 

Chris Roberts, Ph.D. 
Director, DePaul University 
School of Hospitality Leadership
Driehaus College of Business

Andy Schwebel
General Manager
Chicago’s Essex Inn

John Wells
General Manager
Hilton Chicago

Roger Young 
President & CEO
Young Hospitality Staffing, Inc. 

IHLAEF Scholarships

 

The 2014 IHLAEF scholarship application period is now closed. 
Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available in January.  

Please visit www.ahlef.org for national hospitality scholarships.

 

The Educational Foundation Signature Scholarships:

Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) Hotel Member Employees and hospitality management students can be awarded $1,000 to $5,000 for college, whether they're already enrolled or are on their way.

Hostmark Hospitality Group, Robert J. Cataldo Scholarship
One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to an eligible student for their academic year in honor of the continued dedication to our industry by "Bob" Cataldo of Hostmark Hospitality Group, an award-winning independent hospitality company. 

J. Patrick Leahy Connoisseur Scholarship
One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to an eligible student who demonstrates a passion for food and beverage and making the hotel industry their career of choice in the legacy of "Pat" Leahy.

Gerald J. Roper Scholarship 
A minimum of a $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student who demonstrates a passion for their future hospitality career in honor of the dedication to our industry by “Jerry” Roper, longtime President & CEO at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. 

Richard B. Guggenheim Memorial Scholarship
A minimum of a $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student who demonstrates their enthusiasm, tenacity, and creativity for the hotel industry in the spirit of "Dick" Guggenheim.

IHLAEF Scholarships
Additional scholarships will be awarded to eligible students starting from $1,000.

 

Congratulations! 

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Hostmark Hospitality, Robert J. Cataldo Scholarship Recipient 
Madeline Pappas - Michigan State University
 
J. Patrick Leahy Connoisseur Scholarship Recipient
Caitlin Arens - Cornell University
 
Dick Guggenheim Memorial Scholarship Recipient 
Miranda Pearson - Eastern Illinois University 
 
Gerald J. Roper Scholarship Recipient
Lindsey Wehking - DePaul University