Future Leader Award Recipients
The Choose Chicago Future Leader Award (FLA) is a merit-based scholarship funded by the Choose Chicago Foundation that recognizes four college and/or university students annually who demonstrate their commitment and passion for the hospitality and tourism industries. Each award winner receives $5,000 to put towards their educational expenses.
Recipients are selected based upon their academic record, professional, internship, and volunteer experience, educational and/or professional recommendations, and an essay that includes a statement of tourism-related career aspirations and goals.
Goal – Corporate Events Management and Production
St. Olaf College
Goal – Open an art museum on the Southeast side of Chicago
Loyola University Chicago
Goal – Own and manage a boutique hotel or bed and breakfast
Goal – Director of Meetings – Association Management
Goal – Restaurateur/Chef
Goal – Sports Sales & Hospitality Management
Goal – Hotel Management/Travel Management
Goal – Destination Management
Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute
Goal – Hotel Management
The Future Leader Award was started as part of the Choose Chicago Student Partnership Program launched in 2019. The goal of this program is to connect local tourism and hospitality students with the broader tourism industry. Student Partners increase their knowledge and experience by engaging in opportunities uniquely designed for their professional growth.
For more information about the Future Leader Award and how to apply click here.