AIF Academic Outreach Scholarship

The AIF Academic Outreach Scholarship is a prestigious opportunity for the highest caliber of hospitality students interested in the shared vacation ownership industry. Through partnership with generous donors, selected students will receive registration to ARDA World 2015 in addition to transportation (up to $300), accommodations, and a per diem if funds are available; an industry mentor with whom to consult throughout the year; and a profile in Developments magazine. 



Teams or groups of students from universities develop a proposal addressing a specific issue facing the timeshare industry. Teams must consist of at least two students, maximum three students, and a faculty advisor. Each school may hold its own intra-university competition or use the focus of the competition as a class project, but only one team from each school may be entered in the AIF-sponsored competition.

Competition entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, including representatives from the AIF Education Committee, HR Council and HOA Outreach Committee. The top three teams will receive the AIF Academic Outreach Scholarship for each member of the team, which includes registration to ARDA World 2015, transportation, lodging and a small per diem. The winning teams will also present their proposal at the HOA Outreach Committee at ARDA World and have their summary posted on the ARDA website.


Area of Focus

Best Practices: Rental Program Document



Teams must submit a 3-5 page single-spaced document outlining the best practices with a maximum of two pages of appendices, and a bulleted step-by-step summary of procedures of implementing a successful rental program. All submissions are due by 5:00 pm EST on February 6, 2015.  


Case Study

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