WASHINGTON, DC -- Starting tomorrow, January 15, students, military service members, and individuals pursuing a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality career can apply for scholarships and grants offered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).

“All in all, I have learned that hardships may be hard to process but the most effective way one can overcome them is by setting personal goals and achievements,” said Alena Jenkins-Miranda, 2020 NRAEF scholarship recipient. Jenkins-Miranda is currently enrolled in Pennsylvania College of Technology with a focus in culinary arts.

Students across the country are facing unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic. For the first time in five years, the majority of college-bound seniors plan to take out a loan (CNBC). To help, the NRAEF will open applications to offer financial aid to anyone pursuing a secondary degree in the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality field. This year, the NRAEF will award nearly $1 million in scholarships and grants.

"Culinary arts has been a passion of mine for nearly a decade and embarking on one of the biggest journeys of my life this upcoming school year will be an enjoyable and life-changing experience for me, so thank you for being a huge part of my budding career," said Alena Jenkins-Miranda, a 2020 NRAEF scholarship recipient and Pennsylvania College of Technology culinary arts student. "I can only fully express my gratitude in the form of undeniable effort to put my best foot forward at Pennsylvania College of Technology!"

NRAEF scholarships range from $2,500 to $10,000 and can be used towards tuition and fees, books, room and board, and other school-related expenses. The scholarships have no age restrictions. Whether applicants are recent high-school graduates or adults looking to make a career change, individuals at various education levels are encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021, and applications can be completed through the Foundation's online portal – www.ChooseRestaurants.org/Scholarships




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