HTM February NewsBites 2024







HTM Competition Paperwork Due TOMORROW!

The 2024 HTM Competition is quickly approaching! All paperwork is due by Friday, February 2, 2024. Paperwork includes completing online School Entry Form and returning signed Waivers for each participating student.

If you need a copy of your paperwork, please email

The deadline to drop out without any penalties is February 2. If you drop out after the deadline this may affect your eligibility for the 2025 competition.

As always, let us know if you have any questions!

FRLAEF Scholarship Application CLOSES TOMORROW

The FRLAEF will award at least $50,000 in scholarships during the 2023-2024 school year. Each scholarship awarded will be in the amount of $2,000 and will be a one-time, non-renewable scholarship.

To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:

• Be a graduating senior who will begin post-secondary education in 2024
• Be entering a culinary or hospitality post-secondary program
• Return a copy of their OFFICIAL high school transcript to FRLAEF by application deadline

APPLICATION TIMELINE  The application is now open via link below. The application deadline is Friday, February 2, 2024. For an application to be considered, the FRLAEF must receive the completed online application and a copy of the student’s transcript by February 2, 2024. Scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards on March 2, 2024. Awardees do not have to be present to win.

COMPLETE THE FULL APPLICATION!  For the last five years, each applicant that has returned a completed application along with his/her transcript has RECEIVED a scholarship. It only takes a few minutes, so please encourage your students to complete the process.


HTM Teacher Training Date Set

The 3rd Annual HTM Summer Training will take July 8-10, 2024 at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando. The training will include hotel tours, industry guests, sharing best practices, and more.

CLICK HERE to let us know what topics you would like covered.


The FRLAEF will cover the cost of all Florida HTM instructors who will be teaching the HTM curriculum during the 2024-2025 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.


Online registration will begin Spring 2024.

HTM Pineapple Award Nominations Close TOMORROW

The Pineapple Award recognizes an HTM teacher who has demonstrated a commitment to the HTM program through dedication to their HTM students.

Anyone may nominate individuals they feel deserve this recognition using the following criteria:

-HTM Teacher must have taught the HTM curriculum at least one year.

– HTM Teacher may not be a previous recipient of the award.

The Pineapple Award recipient will be announced during the HTM Competition awards luncheon, Thursday, February 29 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.


NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 2, 2024

NRAEF Scholarship

Each year, the NRAEF awards more than $1.2 million in scholarships to individuals pursuing a post-secondary degree in the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry.

The Foundation also provides grants for educators and for individuals seeking industry certifications to advance their careers.

Since the program’s inception in 1987, the Foundation has awarded more than $26 million in scholarships to support the next generation of industry leaders.

Scholarship Timeline

  • January 15: Scholarship Application Opens
  • March 11: Application Closes
  • April – May: Scholarship Application Review
  • June: Scholarship Award Notifications
  • July – August: Scholarship Claiming and Payments
  • August 15: Deadline to Claim Scholarship

Apply Now!

AHLA Scholarships Available

The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) offers scholarships for hospitality students. The application is now open. There are two types of scholarship available: self-nominated and school nominated. AHLA offers $1 million in scholarships annually.

For more information, CLICK HERE for the brochure.


Scholarship deadline is March 15, 2024

UCF Rosen News

The Top-Ranked Hospitality College in the Country is hosting a Rosen College Open House for prospective students on Friday, February 16, 2024. Students and their families are invited to visit campus to learn more about the six undergraduate degrees that include Entertainment Management, Event Management, Hospitality Management, Lifestyle Community Management, Lodging and Restaurant Management and Theme Park and Attraction Management. Campus tours, class experiences and the opportunity to learn more about campus life and students support services will take place throughout the day. Space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Students should register at

Get Social With Us!

With the 2023-2024 school year underway, FRLA would love to highlight our participating HTM programs and your creative side. We know how much fun your learning experience is and want to show that off, encouraging others to join in and hopefully join Florida’s hospitality industry! Here are a few tips and suggestions for you, and don’t forget, whenever you post, tag @frlanews and we can share your post. Keep an eye out for future updates on HTM social media competitions too!📱


Be creative with your content. Here are a few fun possible content ideas:

  • Come with us to class! (a video montage of a fun activity during class)
  • POV: You’re in high school and want to be a hospitality student! over a video collage of footage from the class
  • Challenge others to join HTM …The top 3 reasons you should join HTM…with fun footage or text/caption over photo/video from students.
  • Hashtag challenge – create a fun hashtag
  • Take someone through a night audit, or other task

Most importantly, have fun and tag @FRLAnews!

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida ProStart & HTM instructors to work in a foodservice/lodging establishment for at least 40 hours. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the ProStart, HTM, or HTMP curriculum during the 2023-2024 school year. If you are already employed at a restaurant or hotel, you MAY NOT use that site for your internship. The restaurant/hotel must be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location.

The applicant must secure a position at a foodservice or lodging facility where a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on experience is guaranteed. The host location may pay the recipient but is not required to do so.

The FRLAEF will award 11 HII’s this school year on a first-come, first-served basis. So apply NOW! Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award notification from the FRLAEF.