The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) opened the application process for its 2015 merit-based scholarships.

Multiple scholarships, with awards ranging from $1,750 – $10,000, are available for educators and students pursuing dynamic and enriching long-term careers in the restaurant industry. The NRAEF awarded more than $1 million in scholarships in 2014.

"The NRAEF has partnered with industry leaders across every segment of the restaurant sector to offer a variety of scholarships that are representative of the diverse array of long-term, rewarding careers available to students," says Rob Gifford, executive vice president, strategic operations and philanthropy for the National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

"The NRAEF's scholarship program enables students to pursue post-secondary education and training to help them access upwardly mobile careers in the restaurant industry. We are grateful for all the donors who have contributed generously to help grow our scholarship program to support the future of our industry,” he says.

Students can apply for scholarships in a variety of areas including culinary arts, business and entrepreneurship, marketing, restaurant and foodservice management, supply chain management, viticulture, andhospitality, travel, and tourism.

Additionally, the NRAEF offers scholarships for students with disabilities or attending specific schools, such as the Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales University and Purdue University, among others. Specific scholarships also are available for residents of Illinois and California. In addition, some State Restaurant Associations offer scholarships.

Scholarship applications will be accepted between Dec. 3, 2014 and May 27, 2015, with some exceptions including the David R. Parsley Endowed Scholarship Fund for Supply Chain Management, which has a deadline of March 30, 2015.

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