The MRA and its affiliated Chapters embrace the importance of education in helping to prepare young minds for the challenging restaurant and culinary industries. Aside from scholarships offered through the MRA, several Chapters offer monetary awards to post-secondary students in their respective areas on an annual basis. Click on the link above to find out more about scholarship opportunities in your local Chapter.
In 2013, the MRA and its Chapters were able to provide more than $58,000 in financial scholarships to deserving students studying for a career in the industry. This amount was made possible thanks to a matching fund program established by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to help further and enhance your educational endeavors!!
Robert L. Keeney Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Robert L. Keeney Memorial Fund was established in 1975 in honor of the late Robert Keeney, President of Putsch’s, Inc. of Kansas City. Robert L. Keeney Scholarships are awarded to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in Missouri colleges. The scholarships are in the amount of $2,000 and $1,000 annually. Students are eligible to receive only one Keeney Scholarship.
Eligibility Requirements: the student must:
Grant In Aid Program
The goal of the Missouri Restaurant Association’s Grant In Aid Program is to provide financial assistance, on a merit basis, to students seeking a formal foodservice education in one of Missouri’s two or four-year colleges. These grants are available to any person who can show personal merit, intellectual capacity, a need for financial aid and a demonstrated interest in a career in the Foodservice field.
The MRA Grant In Aid Program is in the form of reimbursement of monies actually paid by the student for tuition, fees and textbooks, with total reimbursement not to exceed $350 per semester. A student may receive these grants on a continuous basis, subject to twice yearly review. Students must reapply each semester.
Click to download a PDF of the MRA Scholarship Application.
Chapter Scholarship Opportunities
Many of the affiliated Chapters of the MRA offer scholarships to local culinary and hospitality management students. Check out the list below for opportunities in your area.
Greater Kansas City Chapter – Scholarships are available for local culinary, restaurant, and hospitality management students. NEW! Click this link for the GKCRA 2015 Scholarship Application
Greater St. Louis Chapter – Scholarships are available for local culinary, restaurant, and hospitality management students.
Columbia/Mid-Missouri Chapter – Download the scholarship application here. Please return to the MRA Office in St. Louis via mail or fax, information is listed on the application.
Springfield/Branson Chapter – Scholarships are available for local culinary, restaurant, and hospitality management students. NEW! Click this link for the Springfield/Branson Chapter’s 2015 Scholarship Application
Joplin/Southwest Chapter – Scholarships are available for local culinary, restaurant, and hospitality management students.