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This May, AEF awarded eight scholarships to students and alumni from the Academies of Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary Arts and Mass Media to continue their education. Three of these scholarships were special memorial awards: the David Iselin Scholarship for Community Service, Ray Bennett Scholarship for Leadership and Akira Wilson Scholarship for Entrepreneurship.

“I am excited and honored to accept and be supported by the American Experience Foundation again. Before going to college, AEF sparked my passion for hospitality and tourism, community engagement, and general love for people. Now, with financial support, I have focused on my education and professional journey. I've found a new passion in theater and singing while remaining engaged with the student government and community programs that encapsulate everything the American Experience Foundation is about.” – Jean-Pierre Roberts

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Congratulations to the Class of 2023. AEF celebrates five interns who spent their school year with us through the Advanced Internship Program and will graduate high school this month.

  • Declan Bianchi, Temple University ’27
  • Jordan Goings, Old Dominion University ’27
  • Mattison McDonald, Washington & Jefferson ’27
  • Aya Shaw, Morehouse College ’27
  • Kymberly Walker, Coolidge High School ‘23

Hear directly from industry professionals on why AEF programs are important to the future of hospitality. Interviews were directed, filmed and edited by intern Mattison McDonald and her colleagues at Coolidge Academy of Mass Media.

You can make a difference by supporting future leaders this graduation season by investing in AEF.

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AEF announces a new member to its Board of Directors. Skye Curry, Manager, Global Quality, Marriott International joins as long-time ally to the Foundation.

"After transitioning my career into the hospitality industry and becoming a leader in many areas, my passion to work with students remains a top priority. The American Experience Foundation provides the perfect groundwork for students to experience travel opportunities and exposure to the hospitality industry to help close those gaps."   Skye Curry

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July 4th Celebration invitation

Join AEF for our annual rooftop celebration on July 4th from 7-10 p.m. at the American Pharmacists Association. Your ticket supports scholarships for DC high school students.

  • Enjoy great food, drinks and family-friendly fun
  • Experience DC’s spectacular fireworks show from a private rooftop
  • Show your company’s support by sponsoring the event

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