The Arkansas Hospitality Association (AHA) announced Thursday that the association has awarded one of its 2014-15 scholarships to a student from Conway planning a career in the hospitality industry.

Pulaski Tech Culinary and Hospitality Institute student Amber McComber has been awarded the AHA scholarship in recognition of her academic background, work experience, career goals and commitment to the hospitality industry.

The scholarship was awarded through the Arkansas Hospitality Association’s nonprofit education arm, the Arkansas Tourism and Hospitality Education Foundation. It provides opportunities for professional training as well as career advancement for students pursuing jobs in culinary arts, tourism, restaurant and hotel management and other hospitality fields. The AHA has awarded $42,000 in scholarships to Arkansas hospitality students this school year.

"Our scholarships help students gain further knowledge and skills that will, in turn, offer numerous opportunities and success in a growing and thriving industry," AHA executive director Montine McNulty said. "The Arkansas Hospitality Association is honored to be able to support this student as she pursues her education and life-long career goals."