Investing in making college dreams come true
Since 2015, AEF has awarded almost $100,000 in scholarships. Annually, AEF offers a scholarship to each of Washington, DC’s six high school Academies of Hospitality and Tourism and Culinary Arts, as well as Academy alumni currently enrolled in higher education to continue their studies. Awards are based upon solid academic background, essays, letters of recommendation and interest in a career in hospitality.
Get to know some of the AEF Scholarship winners
Meet Our 2021 Winners
David Iselin Award for Community Service, Jean-Pierre Roberts Wilson High School, Class of 2022
Gregory McCarthy Award for Leadership, Tenielle Parker, North Carolina A&T State University, Columbia Heights Educational Campus
AEF Scholarship, Anura Sharma Columbia Heights Educational Campus, Class of 2022
AEF Scholarship, Jazzmen Morant, Howard University, Ballou High School
AEF Alumni Scholarship, Britney Rivera-Martinez, Cornell University, Wilson High School
AEF Alumni Scholarship, Pepetua Nkem, Morgan State University, Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Honorarium, Cenaria Fells-Watson, Towson University, Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Honorarium, Yeshetuwef Mulugeta, Wilson High School, Class of 2022
Remembering Our Colleague
The David Iselin Scholarship for Community Service is dedicated to the memory of our late Destination DC colleague. In addition to being a very talented young hospitality sales professional, David was a stalwart supporter of the American Experience Foundation and his synagogue here in Washington, DC. His scholarship is awarded annually to an Academy student or alumni who represents David’s commitment in using his talents to make his community a better place.
The scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from David’s parents, Harold and Lauren Iselin.
How to Apply
AEF Scholarships are only open to individuals who have attended one of Washington, DC's six Academies of Hospitality and Tourism or Academies of Culinary Arts or Hospitality High School [now closed]. Scholarships can be used at any higher education institution, including certificate programs, 2- and 4- year undergraduate programs, and graduate programs. Applications open in March and close in early May.
For more information, please contact a staff member at your Academy or Lisa Waldschmitt.