Operator Scholarships

AHF is pleased to announce that there are a limited number of scholarships available to support operators in attending (Scholarship value to be determined shortly) AHF’s 2021 Annual Conference. Each year AHF is proud to provide scholarships to assist our operator members in attending the AHF Annual Conference thanks to the generous contributions of AHF, our local chapters, members, and most of all business partners. 

AHF ensures that your conference registration includes all meals, receptions, activities, and all else except for tickets to pre-conference area activities. That means once you are on-site, you won’t have much extra cost to worry about. Let us take care of you for the week!

Important Dates

Scholarships are now open, and you can apply below. Our scholarships will provide recipients with a significant amount off of registration, although does not provide for the entire cost of registration. This allows us to help as many operators as possible to attend. 

  • NEW Application Deadline: July 2nd
  • Notification of Scholarship: July 9th
  • Early-bird Registration Deadline: July 16th

Who Can Apply?

AHF welcomes applications for scholarships from AHF operator members in good standing (meaning dues are up to date). We contribute as much funding and support as we can each year to support operator attendance, however, scholarships may be limited. Please be sure to review the information below to submit your application within our guidelines to be considered. AHF will not accept incomplete applications.

Please note, that AHF Chapter sometimes also provides scholarships, so we recommend connecting with your local chapter if you are seeking assistance. 

How to Apply

Applications are now being accepted. To apply simply complete our application form below. The application form will require you to provide contact details and include a written explanation of why AHF should award you with a scholarship.


Other Ways to Pay:


AHF and Real Rewards Cafe (RRC) have partnered up to make sure you have multiple ways to get access to AHF’s self-operated content. RRC points can be used to register not only for AHF’s conference but also for AHF membership. Select “Pay with Real Rewards Cafe Points” during registration checkout and AHF will notify the RRC team of your request and we will work together to get your registration processed and paid for. It’s that simple.


Appliation & Registration Deadlines

All scholarship applications must be received no later than than the deadline. We will not accept applications after this date, so please mark your calendar. This includes applications from member institutions. If you are awarded a scholarship you will be provided with a code to use during the registration process. We will notify you of the status of your scholarship request once the application process has closed.

If you are awarded a scholarship you must register for the conference no later than the noted deadline (typically before early bird registration closes). No exceptions will be made to the registration deadline. If you miss it we will consider your scholarship forfeit and redistribute it to another operator in need. Thank you for your understanding. 

General Guidelines

Please review the scholarship guidelines below. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Scholarships are non-transferrable
  • To ensure we provide a fair opportunity to all our institutional members, only one employee per institutional may be awarded a scholarship unless one of those members is on the AHF Board of Directors or the AHF Conference Planning Committee (CPC).
  • Complimentary registrations have no cash value, a discount code will be provided to you in advance of registration to apply your awarded scholarship.
  • AHF will not make exceptions to its reimbursement deadline or guidelines, please read below carefully.

Scholarship Requirements

If you are awarded with a scholarship of any kind, you will be asked to complete the following to assist AHF in service to our members and the self-op community as a whole:

  • Attend Specific Networking Events: AHF may invite you, and therein require, that you attend fun networking events, round tables, focus groups, and other activities potentially with AHF sponsors. As a scholarship recipient, you are required to fulfill this request. We appreciate your understanding.
  • Promote AHF via Social Media: If you have a social media account AHF asks that you help us promote our event to your self-op colleagues. AHF is a nonprofit organization and your support helps us continue to provide you with valuable benefits and services such as these scholarships.
  • Conference Needs Assessment: All scholarship recipients are required to complete AHF’s conference needs assessment.
  • Conference Testimonial: Each scholarship recipient provides us with a brief testimonial about why you enjoy and value attending AHF’s Annual Conference.

Reimbursement Guidelines

If you are awarded funds to assist with your travel and expenses, please note that reimbursement requests must meet the following guidelines. Thank you for your understanding!

  • Reimbursement Deadline: We will accept reimbursement requests until September 17, 2021. There will be no exceptions to this rule, so your reimbursement request MUST be received before this date – please mark your calendar if you are awarded with a scholarship.
  • All reimbursement requests must include itemized receipts per IRS guidelines. Please make sure to save your receipts. Itemized receipts may be digitally scanned or mailed together with your reimbursement form.
  • Please send all completed reimbursement forms and itemized receipts to info@healthcarefoodservice.org no later than September 17, 2021. All reimbursement materials must be sent together in one email. 


If you have any questions please contact AHF headquarters: