The two-year current-use scholarship will provide tuition support for up to fifty students a year. Like the rest of the university, the School of Hotel Administration admits students regardless of their ability to pay. While the need-blind admissions policy helps to create a socioeconomically diverse student body with a broad range of cultural and intellectual perspectives, it is also expensive. More than 60 percent of SHA students receive some form of financial aid.
"Only a portion of SHA's financial aid budget is met through scholarships," said Michael D. Johnson, dean and E.M. Statler Professor at the school. "The remaining funds come out of our operating budget. Thanks to the Hilton Foundation grant — and similar gifts — we can continue our need-blind admissions practice while also investing in faculty, academic programs, and facilities."