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Steve Porter Memorial Scholarship
Deadline to apply: May 29, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) established the Steve Porter Memorial Scholarship program to assist employees’ children who plan to pursue post-secondary education in college and vocational programs. Scholarships are offered for full-time study at any accredited post-secondary institution of the student’s choice located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South America.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

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Applicants to the Steve Porter Memorial Scholarship Program must be:

  • Children, age 26 and under, of regular full-time IHG employees (based in U.S., Canada, Mexico, and South America) who have a minimum of one year employment with the company as of the application deadline date.
    *Eligible children include natural, legally adopted or stepchildren of the employee or your domestic partner’s children for whom you have legal guardianship.
  • High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll OR students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate level course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.

Children of temporary, part-time, on-call, and/or seasonal employees are not eligible.


Up to 10 awards in the amount of $5,000 each will be granted. There’s a limit of one scholarship recipient per hotel. Awards are not renewable; however, a student may receive the award a maximum of two times only. Awards may be taxable income based on levels of participation and adherence to applicable laws at the time of award.

Awards are for undergraduate or graduate study.


All applicants will be notified in July.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of IHG. Payment is made in August. All awards are paid in U.S. currency.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, will be considered in determining award distribution. Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of  IHG play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.  All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • Secondary school credential/diploma/certificate, if earned. (non-U.S. applicants only)
  • Results of examinations (non-U.S. applicants only)
  • English translations must be provided for all non-English documents.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

IHG has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub where you can begin the application process!

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