Scholarship

The Bowling Green Area Lodging Association endowed scholarship fund is established within the Western Kentucky University Foundation through a gift of $10,000 made by the Association. Recipients must be currently employed in the hospitality area at one of the Bowling Green Area Lodging Association’s currently active member properties.

Two scholarships are awarded each year.

FALL
Recipients must be full-time students at WKU and employed by a Bowling Green Area Lodging Association members (hotel, attractions, CVB, etc). There is no requirement on the major. The scholarship award is made annually in the amount of $500.

Recipients for the Fall Scholarship are selected by the Association’s appointed Scholarship Committee from individuals who complete the required application and meet the requirements. Awards are made directly by the Association.

Apply at the bottom of this page for the Fall 2020 Scholarship. Deadline is October 1 each year.

SPRING
Recipients must be full-time students at WKU and must work for a Bowling Green Area Lodging Association member (hotel, attraction, etc). Students must be majoring in Hospitality Management and Dietetics with a concentration in Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management within the Department of Applied Human Sciences (formerly the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences) in the College of Health and Human Services. The scholarship award is made annually in the amount of $500.

Recipients for the Spring Scholarship are selected by College Heights Foundation. Awards are made in the form of a letter from University officials with the letter containing appropriate recognition of the Bowling Green Area Lodging Association and the funds being deposited into the student’s WKU account.

Apply online HERE for the Spring Scholarship. Deadline is February 1 each year.

The award recipient is eligible to apply for the scholarship in future years provided he/she meets the University’s minimum grade point average requirements, retain a record of good citizenship and continue the academic program in WKU Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management Program or continues to work for a BGALA member business.

Recipients must possess the personal qualities of character, integrity, dependability, industriousness and human compassion which produce leaders and merit the honor of the Bowling Green Area Lodging Association Scholarship.

Previous Recipients

Spring 2018 – Hadleigh Chapman
Spring 2017 – Emily Clark
2016 –
2014 – Dylan Gordon
2013 –
2012 – Craig Poland
2011 – Jessie Crawford
Jenny Dargan
Kay Wharton
Stephanie Russell
Alex Roth

Fall 2020 Scholarship Application

PERSONAL INFORMATION
EMPLOYMENT
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
WKU ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
Extracurricular and Professional Activities
Please list all university, community and professional activities in which you have participated and include any awards, honors and leadership positions you have held.
ESSAY
Explain why giving excellent customer service is important in the hospitality/tourism industry.  In detail, describe an instance when you had to use excellent customer service skills while assisting a guest. Do you think you did well in that situation?  What could you have done better?