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IRA Educational Foundation


The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation encourages and supports Illinois residents who are committed to pursuing careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry by awarding scholarships through a Scholarship Program. All senior high school students graduating in May/June of 2014 and undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

To download the 2014-2015 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION, click  here .

Click here for links to additional scholarship opportunities from other organizations.

The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF) awarded $144,500 in scholarships in 2013 – more than $15,000 more than in 2012 – to students in pursuit of post-secondary education in the Culinary and Hospitality Management fields in a ceremony at the IRAEF’s Annual Scholarship Luncheon held on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Scholarships were awarded to 61 high school and undergraduate students who will attend 20 colleges and universities throughout the country. 34 students have participated in the national two-year ProStart® program that combines curriculum with work-based learning experiences. 17 Chicago Public Schools students received scholarships totaling $34,750.


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