Scholarships & Grants FAQs

Scholarships Questions

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: The following is the minimum criteria to apply for a scholarship:

  1. Enrolled or accepted as a full time or part time undergraduate student at an accredited post-secondary institution
  2. Majoring in an undergraduate level restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality-related program
  3. Unrelated to any employees or family members of the National Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, any state restaurant association
Q: How do I apply?

A: Undergraduate scholarship applications are accepted between January 15 and March 15. Links to the online application will be posted here and around the NRAEF site, during this time.

Q. How are scholarships paid out?

A. If you’ve been awarded a scholarship and have completed the steps to claim it, your scholarship funds will be mailed directly to the school you indicate during the claiming process.

Q: What scholarships are available?

A: The Foundation provides scholarship opportunities for qualified students. Click here to see a list of available scholarships.

Q: How much is a scholarship?

A:  Undergraduate scholarships range from $2,500 to $10,000 with most scholarships in the $2,500 range. Additional award amounts may also be available.

Q. Where can I find the NRAEF Scholarship Terms and Conditions?

NRAEF defines an academic year as any semester, term, or quarter that falls between August 1 of the current year and July 31 the following year. Scholarship funds are for one academic year only and are non-transferrable to a different academic year unless approved by the NRAEF.

For specifics on fund usage, distribution of funds, enrollment and other eligibility questions, click here for a full list of our Terms and Conditions.

Q. I'm a Financial Aid Officer. What information do I need?

Scholarship checks are distributed directly from our Finance Department to the post-secondary institution after satisfactory completion of all post-award steps. To ensure that the appropriate person/department receives all important information related to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship Program please provide the appropriate contact information to Alyssa Prince via e-mail at

Q: I’m interested in funding a scholarship… how do I set it up?

A:  Thank you for your interest in supporting our scholarship program! For more information, please send us an e-mail at and we will connect you to the appropriate personnel.

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Q: How do I apply for a scholarship?

A:  Between January 15 and March 15, complete our online application

Q: What do I need to apply?

A:  You will need the following:

  • A valid e-mail address to create an application account
  • Current transcripts that show your cumulative GPA

Additionally, you may need to provide:

  • Student Aid Report (if you’ve filed FAFSA for the upcoming school year)
  • Military discharge papers (if you’re applying as a veteran)
Q: When is the deadline to apply?

A:  The deadline for undergraduate scholarships is March 15. Check our Timeline for a more detailed timeline for applying!

Q: How will I know if I was awarded?

A:  All applicants who submit a complete and correct application before the deadline will be notified via e-mail to the e-mail address they provided in their application in June. All communications from our office will be via e-mail so make sure you provide one that you check often!

Q: I’ve been awarded... now what?

A:  Congratulations! There are a few additional steps you’ll need to do in order for us to process your scholarship funds. A full listing of these steps can be found here. Make sure to complete all of the required steps before the August 15th deadline!

Q: How are scholarships paid out?

A:  If you’ve been awarded a scholarship and have completed the steps to claim it, your scholarship funds will be mailed directly to the school you indicate on your Student Profile Form.

Q: What can my scholarship funds be used for?

A:  Scholarships are only awarded for one academic year and can be used for any of the following expenses:  Tuition and fees, Books, Room and Board, or any other school-related expenses.  It can also be used for winter or summer sessions within the academic year the funds were awarded.  For more information on the usage and disbursement of your scholarship, check the Scholarship Terms and Conditions document.

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NOTE: A limited number of scholarships are available for Canadian citizens attending school in Canada. For more information, please refer to the DiRoNA scholarship.

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