GPHA Scholarship Program

GPHA’s scholarship program is managed by The Philadelphia Foundation. It annually provides Philadelphia and surrounding area students with the opportunity to further their education in the hospitality industry. Since the program’s inception in 2001, the GPHA Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $473,000 in scholarship monies.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the scholarship program:

  • Student must be a Pennsylvania resident.
  • Student must be either:
    • graduating high school senior who has been accepted into a hospitality or culinary arts program at an accredited post-secondary institution.
    • currently enrolled post-secondary student who will be studying in a hospitality or culinary arts program.

Applications must be completed online. Click the link below and begin the application process. If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Geyer at



You will be asked to provide the following*:

  • A letter of recommendation from teachers/instructors, employers, and/or personal references. Two letters are acceptable.
  • Transcript from most recently attended school with proof of 3.0 GPA.
  • Attendance record from the school
  • A short essay(200 words) describing who you are, your work experience and why you wish to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.
  • Letter of acceptance from the post-secondary school (unless currently enrolled).
  • Resume (optional). Would suggest attaching if you have one.

* If you are unable to provide a digital copy of any of the above documents, you may send in a paper copy to the following address. For more information, call (215) 557-1900 or email


  • Scholarships amount is based upon Scholarship Committee’s recommendation.
  • The scholarship award check will be made out to the student’s college in their name to be used towards tuition and books for the first semester of college.


  • To be announced.

GPHA Scholarship Fund
1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 810
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Additional Details

Hospitality work experience is preferred but not required. A personal interview may be required to receive an award. Scholarships are NOT automatically recurring, but students may re-apply each year they are eligible.

Candidates will be notified in early July whether or not they will receive a scholarship award. Scholarship monies will be mailed directly to the institution of higher education in mid-July. For more information, call (215) 557-1900 or email