Alfred A. Zannella Memorial Scholarship Application

Alfred A. Zannella Memorial Scholarship

The Alfred A. Zannella Memorial Scholarship is awarded to deserving Rhode Islanders pursuing education toward a career in the foodservice, lodging, or tourism industries. Al Zannella was the Executive Vice President of Mancini Beverage and a longtime Board Member of the RI Hospitality Association. He was a dedicated member of the hospitality community, always willing to lend a hand and help his industry thrive. This memorial scholarship was created to carry on the legacy of his generosity.

This scholarship assists Rhode Island college students, adult learners, and current incumbent hospitality employees to realize their potential through either higher education or professional development training opportunities. Applications are received on a rolling basis.

Scholarship Recipient - Sydney Caswell
"I wanted to reach out to say thank you for choosing me to receive such a significant scholarship from the Al Zannella family. I appreciate it so much and I'm so grateful for the opportunities that Rhode Island Hospitality has given me."

Sydney Caswell
2023 Scholarship Recipient

Who Should Apply?

  • Local Students or Adult Learners enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college or university in New England, pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree in the foodservice, lodging, or tourism industry.


  • Incumbent Employees planning to participate in one of the following RIHA/RIHEF sponsored professional development training programs:
    • ServSafe® Food Safety Manager Certification
    • ServSafe® Alcohol Safety
    • Coaching for Managers

What Does This Scholarship Cover?

This scholarship can be used towards any expense the student may incur, such as:

  • tuition
  • lab fees
  • textbooks
  • uniforms
  • etc.

What are the Application Requirements?

Applicants must:

  • Complete all sections of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Submit an essay of their career plans and educational goals and objectives.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher or employer.
  • Maintain good academic standing and make progress towards a degree or RIHA / RIHEF sponsored professional development training certification.
  • Provide an anticipated graduation date

Application Breakdown

  • Section I: Personal Information
  • Section II: High School Information
    • to be completed by students seeking collegiate funding
  • Section III: Employer Information
    • to be completed by incumbent employees seeking RIHA/RIHEF professional development funding
  • Section IV: Student Essay
    • background on yourself and your experience
    • why you have chosen this career path
    • why obtaining this scholarship is important to you
    • what other plans you have for financing should your application not be accepted
  • Section V: Academic Honors and Achievements
    • scholarships or awards
    • leadership positions
    • honor societies or similar organizations
  • Section VI: Letter of Recommendation
  • Section VII: Signature
Submit Online Application