The hospitality and food service industry is one of the fastest growing next to health care and tech in this country. The NRAEF Scholarship is one that I have won personally, two years running as an Undergrad. It is usually split between two payments of $1250 and they send the check to the college directly. This one is actually one where may of the people who apply will win! And hundreds of students win each year, so this one is perfect. If you are serious about your major and you are in the hospitality field, you have to apply to this. The scholarship if merit-based only, so it doesn’t matter what your EFC is or how much financial aid you already have. Only your merit decides.
The essays are very short (about 150 to 300 words), and are focused on your experience. Now the crux of this scholarship is that you have to have some experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry. You have to verify it via pay stubs or a letter from either a current or past employer. Of course, any fast food job will qualify, and if it leads to a $2500 scholarship, you can even volunteer in a food kitchen if you wish. There are a few sub scholarships for current undergrads, freshmen, and those who have a focus on Italian Food & Viticulture (wine).
The nice thing is the application is online-based and easy to complete. Even better, they offer it twice a year, so you can apply in spring or fall! If you miss one deadline, another is only few months off. It will cover multiple majors at accredited universities including:
- Culinary Arts/Pastry Arts Degrees (chefs): Institutions such as the Le Cordon Blue, Culinary Institute of America, Arts Institutes
- Restaurant and Hospitality Management Degrees: These are offered by many public universities and colleges
- Travel and Hospitality (if you focus on the restaurant side): This is also offered by many public universities and colleges
As hard as it is to get financial aid for those looking to become chef’s, this one is a scholarship you can’t ignore. Get to it and apply today because the due date is APRIL 23 2014.