2024 IRAEF Scholarship Timeline

February 2, 2024: Scholarship Application Opens
April 26, 2024:
Scholarship Application Closes
May 31, 2024: Scholarship Application Closes
June 15, 2024: Scholarship Application Closes
June: Scholarship Application Review & Judging
July: Scholarship Award Notifications
August: Scholarship payments mailed to post-secondary institutions
November: Scholarship recipients recognized at Iowa Restaurant Association Awards Ceremony


The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation also offers many types of scholarships. Check them out at the links below.

NRAEF Student Scholarship
NRAEF Programs and Scholarships


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Bradee Bouman
Iowa State University
FCS Education

“This scholarship means so much to me. It helps me in significant ways to focus on my schooling and my student teaching experience rather than how I will pay for college. I also appreciate that other professionals want to help me in my career as an educator and as an important part of the restaurant industry and the future.”

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Christabel Forney
Iowa State University
Culinary Food Science

“I belong to the food science and culinary science clubs as well as my sorority and church group, so trying to stay active in these groups and balance school responsibilities limits the amount of time I have available to work outside of school. Receiving the 2022 IRAEF scholarship makes a significant impact in allowing me to participate in these enriching activities without taking on crippling school debt.”

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Joseph Flyr
Florida International University
Hospitality Management

“Receiving the 2022 IRAEF Scholarship means financial stability and getting that much closer to my goal of graduating college debt-free. It’s helped me secure another year of financial freedom while reaching my goals.”