Who's Eligible & Requirements

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Who’s Eligible?

The school must be a current Institutional member of International CHRIE. In addition, if the potential ESD Faculty Adviser is not the Institutional member contact for the ICHRIE member school, the faculty advisor must also be an Individual Member of International CHRIE. The ESD Society will grant membership to the following categories of individuals: Students, Alumni, Graduate Student, and Honorary.

An undergraduate student must have completed 50% of the credit hours required for graduation in an institution that has become a chapter of the Society. Provided the criteria is met, the student may have at least a sophomore (2nd year) or junior (3rd year) standing.
The student must be officially declared as a hospitality management major and have completed at least one complete year’s course work at the institution requesting society membership.

The undergraduate student must have obtained a 3.00 GPA or above at an institution with a 4.00 scale, or an equivalency at an institutional chapter using some other method of calculation. A student enrolled in an institution not on the 4.00 GPA, must rank at or above the top 20th percentile in class standing.

Upon initiation of a chapter, alumni memberships will be extended by each chapter to any graduate who has attained the qualifications as set forth above, at the time of graduation. Once a chapter is formed at a college or university, or two-year school offering baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees and/or diplomas, only individuals who are active student members at the time of their graduation shall attain alumni membership status. Membership is life-long.

Graduate students must have completed 50% of the credit hours required for a hospitality-related degree in an institution that has become a chapter of the Society. The graduate student must have obtained a 3.50 GPA or above at an institution with a 4.00 scale, or an equivalency at an institutional chapter using some other method of calculation. A student enrolled in an institution not on the 4.00 GPA, must rank at or above the top 15th percentile in class standing.

Honorary membership will be extended to individuals in the field who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management including all Chapter Advisors and members of the Board of Governors. Nominations may be made by the individual chapter or by the Chapter Advisor. All requests for honorary memberships must be in writing and sent to the ICHRIE headquarters office. Honorary membership will be granted by a majority vote of the Society's Board of Governors.

Submitting Membership Applications
Fill out the Applications for the Establishment of an Eta Sigma Delta Chapter or an ESD Student Application and submit to the ICHRIE Office. There is a fee of $150 to either establish or to re-activate an ESD Chapter. Each Student Application requires a basic fee of $30US.

Application fees, Faculty Advisor signatures, and an induction ceremony date must be included with the application in order to process. Please allow three (3) weeks to process your order.

Send applications and any required supporting documentation by FAX or mail to:

ICHRIE
2810 North Parham Road
Suite 230
Richmond, Virginia 23294 USA
FAX: 01 (804) 346-5009

Requirements
Undergraduate Student Member ESD Eligibility

To be eligible for membership in Eta Sigma Delta, the International Hospitality Management Honor Society, an undergraduate student must:

  • be enrolled in an institution that belongs to International CHRIE
  • have completed fifty percent (50%) of the credit hours required for graduation
  • have officially declared as a hospitality management major (or related field)
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 in a 4.0 system or its equivalent in another grading system, or
  • be in the top 20% of the class, and
  • agree to uphold the values of excellence, leadership, creativity, service, and ethics.

Undergraduate students who have not met the above criteria but who are considered honor students in hospitality management and have demonstrated outstanding contributions in the field of hospitality, tourism, and/or culinary arts can be awarded membership by the Board of Governors upon the recommendation of the Chapter Advisor.

The requirements for membership listed above represent minimum qualifications; local chapters may establish more–but not less–stringent standards. Local chapters must also meet the honor society requirements of their institution.

Alumni Membership ESD Eligibility

Students who belong to Eta Sigma Delta chapters become Eta Sigma Delta alumni upon graduation. Newly-formed chapters may elect students to alumni status if they meet the qualifications for student members, but who have not had a chance to be selected due to the lack of an active chapter while they were students.

Graduate Student ESD Membership

To be eligible for membership in Eta Sigma Delta, the International Hospitality Management Honor Society, a graduate student must:

  • be enrolled in an institution that belongs to International CHRIE
  • have completed fifty percent (50%) of the credit hours required for graduate degree
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5 in a 4.0 system or its equivalent in another grading system, and
  • be in the top 15% of the class, and
  • agree to uphold the values of excellence, leadership, creativity, service, and ethics.

Graduate students who have not met the above criteria but who are considered honor students in hospitality management and have demonstrated outstanding contributions in the field of hospitality, tourism, and/or culinary arts can be awarded membership by the Board of Governors upon the recommendation of the Chapter Advisor.

The requirements for membership listed above represent minimum qualifications; local chapters may establish more–but not less–stringent standards. Local chapters must also meet the honor society requirements of their institution.

Honorary ESD Membership Eligibility

To be eligible for membership, honorary members must be industry professionals, faculty administrators, or other distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to the field or who have provided outstanding support for the chapter.