NRAEF Scholarships

Learn more about scholarship opportunities from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)

applications for 2022 scholarships are now open!



NRAEF scholarships and grants seek to lighten the financial burden of secondary education and support future leaders in the industry.

In 2021, as students continued to face unprecedented pandemic and economic challenges, the NRAEF awarded $1.1 million in scholarships and individual grants to more than 300 students at more than 130 colleges and universities across 44 states and territories. Nearly 60 percent of 2021 scholarship recipients were Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); half were first-generation college students; and 70 percent were women.

NRAEF scholarships range from $2,500 to $10,000 and can be used towards tuition and fees, books, room and board, as well as other school-related expenses. The scholarships have no age restrictions. All who are pursuing higher education in a restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality related field are encouraged to apply – including recent high-school graduates, military service members, adults looking to make a career change, or individuals at various education levels.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2022, and applications can be completed through the NRAEF’s online portal.