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Since its inception, the IRA Educational Foundation has awarded over $2.7 million to deserving students pursuing Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management in college.


On Sunday, June 26th the Foundation held their annual Scholarship Award Luncheon at Café 300 (sponsored by Eurest/Compass Group).  Awards were given to 70 high school and college students that will pursue Culinary and Hospitality degrees at 27 colleges and universities across the country. 

Eight students from Chicago Public Schools received a Charles and Rochelle Trotter Scholarship, as featured in the Chicago Sun Times article. 


Students will attend local colleges (Kendall College, French Pastry School, Robert Morris University, Roosevelt University, Washburne Culinary Institute).  They will also attend a variety of highly regarded universities such as Cornell University, Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales University and more. 


All senior high school students graduating in May/June and undergraduate students with at least two remaining semesters are welcome to apply for the IRAEF Scholarship. Please CLICK HERE for the 2017-2018 Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship. Deadline is April 14, 2017.

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

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