Students, military servicemembers and individuals pursuing a restaurant, foodservice or hospitality career can apply for scholarships and grants offered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).

Students across the country are facing unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic. To help, the NRAEF will open applications to offer financial aid to anyone pursing a secondary degree in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality field. This year, the NRAEF will award nearly $1 million in scholarships and grants.


NRAEF scholarships range from $2,500 to $10,000 and can be used towards tuition and fees, books, room and board and other school-related expenses. The scholarships have no age restrictions. Whether applicants are recent high-school graduates or adults looking to make a career change, individuals at various education levels are encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021 and applications can be completed  through the Foundation's online portal –