Alfred A. Zannella Memorial Scholarship Application

RI Hospitality Employee Relief Fund in Honor of Alfred A. Zannella

General Information

The Alfred A. Zannella Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a deserving Rhode Islander continuing their education toward a career in the foodservice, lodging, or tourism industries. The scholarship was created in his honor to assist local students, adult learners, and current incumbent hospitality employees* to realize their potential in the hospitality industry through either higher education or professional development training opportunities.

Al was the Executive Vice President of Mancini Beverage and a longtime Board Member of the RI Hospitality Association. In 2018, he was named as our Man of the Year at our Stars of the Industry Awards. Al was a dedicated member of the hospitality community, always willing to lend a hand and help his industry thrive. This scholarship was created in his honor as a way to carry on the legacy of his generosity.

The RI Hospitality Education Foundation (RIHEF) encourages individuals who are embarking on careers in the hospitality industry in Rhode Island. The RIHEF also promotes further education and training of incumbent workers; adult learners, and youth throughout the state of Rhode Island.

The Scholarship will be open to Rhode Islanders who are continuing their higher education toward a career in the foodservice, lodging or tourism industries by attending an accredited college or university in New England, or for incumbent employees* to participate in professional development training opportunities. This scholarship can be used towards any expense the student may incur such as tuition, lab fees, text books and uniforms.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Applicants must complete all sections of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college or university in New England, undergraduate program pursuing an associate or bachelor degree / or have identified a RIHA / RIHEF sponsored professional development training program.
  • Applicants are required to submit a statement of their plans as they relate to their educational and career objectives.
  • Applicants are also required to submit an essay.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher or employer.
  • Applicants must maintain good academic standing and make progress towards a degree or RIHA / RIHEF sponsored certification program.
  • Applications are received on a rolling basis

Submit Scholarship Application to:
RI Hospitality Education Foundation
94 Sabra Street, Cranston, RI 02910
Phone: 401-223-1120 / Fax: 401-223-1123 / Web:

The following items should be included with the application package.

  • Completed application
  • Statement on objectives
  • Student essay
  • Letter of recommendation (may be forwarded by teacher or employer)
  • Anticipated graduation date
Submit Online Application