Operator Scholarships

AHF is pleased to announce that there are a limited number of $525 scholarships available to support operators in attending AHF’s 11th 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.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: May 15, 2020
  • Notification of Scholarship: May 27, 2020
  • Early-bird Registration Deadline: June 15, 2020
  • Reimbursement Deadline: August 31, 2020


(Failure to register by June 15 will result in a forfeit of your scholarship)

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.

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.

Appliation & Registration Deadlines

All scholarship applications must be received no later than April 3, 2020. 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 by April 13, 2020.

If you are awarded a scholarship you must register for the conference no later than May 15, 2020. 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 fair opportunity to all our institutional members, only one employee per institutional may be awarded with 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 Types

There are two main types of scholarships awarded each year. Please know that AHF tries to provide as many scholarships as possible, however our funds may be limited depending on contributions from the prior year towards the program. If you are not awarded a scholarship, we hope you will still support AHF and join us at the conference. 

  • Complimentary Conference Registration Only (Full or Partial): The majority of applicants will receive scholarships which provide full or partial complimentary conference registration to attend the AHF conference. Please note that only one scholarship may be awarded per institution. An institution is defined as one healthcare facility enrolled as a separate institution through AHF’s membership system. Please note only one scholarship will be awarded per institution.
  • Complimentary Registration with Expense Reimbursement Allowance: We are pleased to offer full scholarships with an expense reimbursement allowance to our Culinary Competitors, Operator Speakers, Conference Planning Committee members, and Award Winners.

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:

  • 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 provide us with a brief testimonial about why you enjoy and value attending AHF’s Annual Conference.
  • Conference Volunteer: As a scholarship recipient, you may be asked to assist AHF as a volunteer for a few small tasks throughout the conference. If AHF is in need of support you will be contacted by email.

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 August 31, 2020. 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 August 31, 2020. All reimbursement materials must be sent together in one email. 


If you have any questions please contact AHF headquarters: