The Doug Yonko Scholarship provides a $7,500 scholarship to one lodging or tourism-related student every year in memory of Doug’s service and commitment to Arizona. 

Doug Yonko was a pillar in our community. He had a heart for service and was committed to making our state an incredible place to live. Doug spent an illustrious 40-year career at Hensley Beverage Company, one of the largest family-owned and operated beverage distributors in the nation. Throughout his career, Doug gave of himself tirelessly to numerous community and business organizations including the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, the Phoenix Thunderbird Charities, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Beer and Wine Distributors of Arizona, the Arizona Finance Authority and our very own Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association. Doug was an Arizona giant; a tourism industry champion, community leader and policy icon. The Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association is privileged to host an annual industry golf tournament in Doug’s memory, and we are proud to ensure his legacy lives on through the scholarship.


  • Students must be enrolled in a hospitality, hotel, restaurant, culinary arts or tourism program at a two or four-year degree-granting Arizona community college or university.
  • Enrolled in at least 9 units at the time of application.
  • Have earned a 2.75 overall GPA for all completed culinary arts or hospitality and tourism management courses completed.

How to Apply:

The application form must be completed by Monday, October 31, 2022 and submitted with the following attachments:

  • A current resume of education, work experience, and other relevant information normally found on a resume used when applying for a job.
  • A brief essay of up to 250 words describing your personal background, including answers to the following questions:
    • Why do you think the hospitality or tourism industry is the right career choice for you?
    • How will this scholarship help you achieve your career objectives and future goals?
  • A copy of the transcript of classes completed and grades at your current school and the classes currently being taken. The transcript may be downloaded from the school website.
  • May include a recommendation by the General Manager or operating officer of a lodging or tourism place of employment.  Recommendations should be in writing.
  • Digital photo/headshot in .jpeg or .png format for use in publicity, along with the photo release form.


  • Upon acceptance by the Arizona Hotel Foundation Board of Directors, the applicant will be notified of the award via email.  
  • Scholarships are awarded on a semester basis during the school year. 
  • Payments will be made by check and will be sent directly to the college or university upon receipt of current registration, transcript, and class schedule of at least 9 units.

Please submit your application, resume, transcript, recommendation (optional), and headshot to Karin Jimenez, VP Operations & Industry Relations at

Meet 2021 Doug Yonko Awardees


The AzLTA Foundation is committed to aiding as many students as possible. However, due to numerous applications and our limited resources, we are able to award only a small percentage of students scholarships. To aid in the quest for financial aid, visit the featured scholarship resources.

Please note the deadlines and eligibility requirements found at each site. We wish all students the best as they endeavor to continue their educations.

  • FinAid – Links to scholarships, grants, loans, and graduate aid.
  • – Information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
  • College Affordability Guide – This site’s mission is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable.
  • The Scholarship Workshop – Scholarship information from an award-winning author and scholarship winner.
  • The Scholarship Academy – Offers curriculum to help students identify tailored scholarship options and build solid scholarship profile.
  • Going Merry – A free, one-stop scholarships platform. It matches you with scholarships and then helps you apply directly. It has both local and national scholarships and you can bulk-apply for multiple scholarships, which share similar essay prompts, using one application.
  • Scholar Snapp – A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information – including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. – from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.
  • Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college.
  • Peerlift – Proven scholarships, internships, summer programs, and more gathered by fellow students like you.
  • Fastweb – Create a profile and let Fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more.
  • CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
  • Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
  • Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
  •– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
  • Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.
  • KnowHow2GO – Complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors.
  • HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
  • Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
  • American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
  • Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
  • Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.
  • Reagan Foundation Scholarships – Scholarship opportunities for outstanding student leaders.
  • Goizueta Legacy Scholarship – Provides scholarships for the children of Coca-Cola employees.
  • American Indian Graduate Center & AIGCS – The largest scholarship providers to Native students in the United States, awarding $15 million in scholarships annually and more than $200 million since inception. For almost 50 years, AIGC has funded students pursing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in any field of study at any accredited institution of choice, working with over 500 tribes in all 50 states.
  • The NSHSS Foundation – The NSHSS Foundation fosters the growth of students pursuing the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), business, economics, public policy, and environmental science and sustainability fields. Through special programs, including the NSHSS Honor Society, the NSHSS Foundation connects young scholars with additional opportunities to advance their education, personal growth and career interests.
  • The College Board Opportunity Scholarships – The program guides juniors and seniors through the college planning process and offers the chance to earn scholarships, from $500 to $40,000, for every action that students complete.

Email Karin Jimenez, VP Operations & Industry Relations at

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