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2004-2005 Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship Information

 

 

Dear Applicant:

 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) Educational Foundation, we thank you for your interest in our Scholarship Program and Career Mentoring Initiative.  Since 1973, the IRA and it's Educational Foundation have awarded nearly $700,000 to deserving students as they pursued their academic and career goals in the foodservice and hospitality industry. On the next page, you will find a current list of scholarships offered through the IRA Educational Foundation for the 2004-2005 academic year.  Please note that this list is subject to change.

 

All high school seniors and students enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university foodservice and/or hospitality education program are encouraged to apply to the IRA Educational Foundation's Scholarship Program.  In addition, we welcome applications from individuals enrolled in at least six credits per semester (in an accredited college or university foodservice and/or hospitality education program) who are also employed a minimum of 26 hours/week in our industry.  Previous scholarship recipients are encouraged to re-apply each year, although scholarships are not guaranteed renewal. 

 

If you are selected to receive a co-branded scholarship from the IRA Educational Foundation, you will be provided the opportunity to work with a career mentor.  This Career Mentoring Initiative, sponsored by US Foodservice, connects award recipients with industry professionals who help students navigate the college process and further explore the wide range of opportunities in your field of choice.

 

All scholarship applicants must be permanent residents of the State of Illinois, but may be enrolled in a school outside of the state.  No individual shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination on the basis of: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, political affiliation or belief, or sexual orientation.

 

We wish you the greatest success in achieving your academic and career goals. If you have any questions about this application, please contact the IRA Educational Foundation office at
(800) 572-1086 or (312) 787-4000 x146, or visit our website at www.illinoisrestaurants.org. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

 

 

 

IRA Educational Foundation

Scholarships Available for 2004-2005

 

 

 

All high school seniors and students enrolled in an accredited college or university foodservice and/or hospitality education program are encouraged to apply. Applicants need NOT have participated in a ProStart program or have earned a ProStart certificate to apply for a General Scholarship from the IRA Educational Foundation.

 

However, please note that selected scholarships listed below indicate priority for ProStart applicants.  To qualify as a ProStart applicant, a student must attend or have graduated from an IRA Educational Foundation-recognized high school ProStart program.  Students need NOT have earned a ProStart certificate to qualify for application in this category.  All ProStart applicants that are not awarded ProStart scholarships will be placed in the applicant pool for General Category scholarships.

 

Many of the Foundation’s scholarships are generously co-sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.  To qualify for a co-branded scholarship, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale.  In addition, recipients of co-branded scholarships are required to participate in the IRA Educational Foundation's Career Mentoring Initiative, sponsored by US Foodservice.  Within the pool of applicants who have previously received co-branded scholarships, high priority will be given to recipients who successfully participated in the Career Mentoring Initiative and provide a reference from their Career Mentor.

 

All awards are $1500 or $2000, unless otherwise noted.  This list is current as of March 12, 2004.


School-Sponsored Scholarships

Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago (CHIC) - $11,000 award to a ProStart graduate

Illinois Institute of Art - $11,000 award
Awarded to a ProStart graduate

Kendall College – $11,000 award
Awarded to a ProStart graduate (within one year of graduation)

Lexington College – awards totaling $11,000
Awarded to four female students

Robert Morris College Institute of Culinary Arts - $6,000 award to a ProStart graduate

College of DuPage (COD)
Awarded to a ProStart graduate

Joliet Junior College (JJC)
Priority will be given to a ProStart graduate

Richland Community College (RCC) (three awards)
Priority will be given to ProStart graduates

Roosevelt University
Priority will be given to a ProStart graduate with a 3.0 GPA

Washburne Culinary Institute (six awards)
Priority will be given to ProStart graduates


General Scholarships

Alvin D. Rose-Tastee Freez Scholarships (five awards)

Atwood Café Scholarship

Blue Plate Catering Scholarship

Charlie Trotter's Scholarships (five awards)

Gary Wales Memorial Scholarships (three awards)

Superior Coffee, a Sara Lee Company Scholarship

Restricted Scholarships

King and Prince Seafood Scholarship (two awards)
Priority will be given to female student pursuing their Bachelors’ degree at Lexington College

Lake County Chapter of the Illinois Restaurant Association Scholarships (five awards)
Awarded to five students from Lake County

McHenry County Chapter of the Illinois Restaurant Association Scholarships (four awards)
Awarded to four students from McHenry County

 


 


IRA Educational Foundation

Instructions for Scholarship Application

Scholarship Application Deadline - May 15, 2004.

Award Announcement - July 1, 2004.

 

Required Materials


please note that no other submissions will be considered


1.       Application (typed and fully complete)

2.       Photo (optional)

3.       Transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary schools attended

4.       Photocopied documentation of honors and achievements


5.       Two (2) signed letters of recommendation

·         One from an instructor or coordinator of an industry-related class, and

·         One from an industry mentor or supervisor from an industry-related experience

6.       Three (3) essays (See Section 9 of application)

 


Items must be sent to the following address and postmarked by May 15, 2004:

Blue Ribbon Scholarship Committee

IRA Educational Foundation

200 North LaSalle, Suite 880

Chicago, IL 60601-1014

Instructions


This entire application must be typed and fully completed.  An electronic version of this application is available online at www.illinoisrestaurants.org.  A word-processed document may be used in place of this application only if presented in the exact order of this application.  Handwritten applications will not be submitted for judging.

Every question must be answered.  If you think a question does not apply to you, mark “N/A” in the space.  If this application contains any blank spaces, other than in the sections marked "optional", it will be considered incomplete and will not be submitted for judging.

We recommend that applicants make a full copy of the completed application and all supporting documents before submitting the application package to the IRA Educational Foundation. The Foundation cannot be responsible for incomplete application packages.

Judging Process

A.    A judging panel, appointed by the Blue Ribbon Scholarship Committee of the IRA Educational Foundation, will evaluate applications given the following criteria.  Please note that applications will not be considered if handwritten or incomplete.  Applicants will be mailed notification of award status by July 1, 2004 via US Mail.

B.  Judging will be based on the strength of the following components of the application:


·          Presentation of application (spelling, grammar, etc.)

·          Industry-related work experience (both paid and volunteer)

·          Honors and achievements (photocopies)

·          Letters of recommendation

·          Essay questions (persuasive, well-written, and with required word count)

·          Transcripts

·          Experience with IRA Educational Foundation's 2003 Career Mentoring Initiative (if applicable)


 

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