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2019-2020 Scholarship Application Now Open

The 2019-2020 Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship application deadline has been extended!  The new deadline is now: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 11:30 p.m. Please contact Kari Kramer  by email: or 312-380-4117 with any questions. 

Since its inception, the IRA Educational Foundation has awarded over $2.8 million to deserving students pursuing Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management in post-secondary degrees.



2018 Scholarship Award Luncheon- June 24, 2018

On Sunday, June 24, 2018, the Foundation held the annual Scholarship Award Luncheon at Current Kitchen (sponsored by Eurest/Compass Group).  Awards were given to high school and college students that plan to pursue Culinary and Hospitality degrees at colleges and universities across the country.  

The Foundation awarded $180,000 to 85 students attending 33 different colleges and universities. Recipients will be attending local colleges such as Kendall College, Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, Robert Morris University, Roosevelt University, Washburne Culinary and Hospitality Institute.  They also attend a variety of highly regarded universities such as The Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales University, Purdue University and more. 

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

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