2016 National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship Applications Now Open

- More than $1 Million Awarded Annually to Students Pursuing Careers in the Restaurant and Foodservice Industry -

Dec 17, 2015, 14:00 ET from National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) opened the application process for its 2016 merit-based scholarships today. Awards range from $1,750 - $10,000, and are available for students as well as educators interested in advancing their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Scholarship applications will be accepted between Dec. 17, 2015 and June 7, 2016, with some exceptions, including the David R. Parsley Endowed Scholarship Fund for Supply Chain Management, which has a deadline of March 29, 2016. To apply as well as access additional information on available scholarships, visit www.nraef.org/scholarships

Student scholarships are awarded for postsecondary study in a variety of industry specialty areas, including culinary arts, business and entrepreneurship, marketing, restaurant and foodservice management, supply chain management, viticulture and hospitality, travel and tourism.

Criteria for applications include school records, letters of recommendation and essay responses to questions. School and state-specific scholarships are available, as well as a scholarship for students with disabilities.

Educator scholarships cover expenses to attend the NRAEF's Summer Institutes, week-long workshops that give culinary-focused educators cutting-edge culinary arts skills they can apply to their classrooms.

"The restaurant and foodservice industry employs 14 million people and will need to fill 1.7 million new jobs in the next decade," says Rob Gifford, executive vice president, strategic operations and philanthropy for the National Restaurant Association and NRAEF. "The NRAEF's scholarship program helps to ensure that students learn the knowledge and skills needed to pursue the long-term, rewarding careers available in this high-growth industry."

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF exists to enhance the restaurant industry's service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities. The NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional workforce for the restaurant industry. In 2015, the restaurant and foodservice industry is projected to comprise one million outlets and a workforce of 14 million employees, making it the nation's second largest private sector employer. For more information on the NRAEF, visit NRAEF.org.

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