A.J. Grisanti Memorial Scholarship Fund 2024

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Grade Level Undergraduate
Country USA
Award $2,500 to $10,000
Application Deadline  March 15, 2024

About A.J. Grisanti Memorial Scholarship

Each year, the NRAEF awards more than $1.2 million in scholarships to individuals pursuing a post-secondary degree in the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry. The Foundation also provides grants for educators and for individuals seeking industry certifications to advance their careers.

Since the program’s inception in 1987, the Foundation has awarded more than $26 million in scholarships to support the next generation of industry leaders.

Scholarship Qualifications

The following people are eligible to apply for a scholarship:

  • Any undergraduate student or individual enrolled or accepted as a full-time or part-time student at an accredited post-secondary institution
  • Any previous scholarship recipient
  • Anyone majoring in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality-related program
  • Anyone NOT related to any employees or family members of the National Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, or any State Restaurant Association


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Required Documents

You will need the following:

  • A valid e-mail address to create an application account
  • A PDF of your most current transcript that shows your cumulative GPA or a GED certificate
  • Military discharge papers (if applying as a veteran)

Undergraduate Scholarship Timeline

  • January 15: Scholarship Application Opens
  • March 15: Application Closes
  • April – May: Scholarship Application Review
  • June: Scholarship Award Notifications
  • July – August: Scholarship Claiming and Payments
  • August 15: Deadline to Claim Scholarship

FAQ About Scholarship 

Q: What if I already have an undergraduate degree? Can I still apply?

A: Yes, if you already possess a previous undergraduate degree, but are now pursuing a degree in hospitality, you are still eligible to apply.

Q. How are scholarships paid out?

A. If you’ve been awarded a scholarship and have completed the steps to claim it, your scholarship funds will be mailed directly to the school you indicate during the claiming process.

Q: How much are the scholarships?

A: Undergraduate scholarships range from $2,500 to $10,000 with most in the $2,500 range.

Q: Is the scholarship renewable?

A: NRAEF scholarships are NOT renewable, but applicants are eligible to apply each year.

Q: How often are scholarships awarded?

A: Scholarships are awarded once during each academic year. NRAEF defines an academic year as any semester, term, or quarter that falls between August 1 of the current year and July 31 the following year. Scholarship funds are valid for one year and are non-transferrable unless approved by the NRAEF.

Q: How will I know if I was awarded?

A: All applicants who submit a complete and correct application before the deadline will be notified via e-mail to the e-mail address they provided in their application in June. All communications from our office will be via e-mail so make sure you provide one that you check often!

How to Apply?

Undergraduate scholarship applications are accepted between January 15 and March 15. Links to the online application will be posted here and around the NRAEF site, during this time.

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