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2019-2020 Scholarship Application is now Closed

The 2019-2020 Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship application deadline is now closed.  Applications are currently under committee review, and applicants will be notified the week of June 10th!  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.


2019 Scholarship Awards Luncheon- June 23, 2019

On Sunday, June 23, 2019, the Foundation will hold its annual Scholarship Award Luncheon at Current Kitchen (sponsored by Eurest/Compass Group).  Awards will be 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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