Ronald Lane (Ron) Barkley was a legendary figure in the Kansas City restaurant scene. When he passed away in September of 2013, the guest book at his visitation and funeral read like a Who’s Who in Kansas City’s Restaurant Community. Friends and family members are memorializing Ron Barkley through a scholarship bearing his name.
The first Ronald L. Barkley scholarship will be presented at the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association and Missouri Restaurant Association Inaugural Ball and the GKCRA 100th Anniversary Gala. The event will be held at the Sheraton Crown Center Kansas City on January 30, 2016. The scholarship will provide assistance of $1,000 per semester for as long as the recipient continues to meet the scholarship criteria.
Students currently majoring in Restaurant Management or a related program at an accredited college or university are encouraged to review the full [scholarship criteria] and complete the [scholarship application]. January 8, 2016 is the deadline for submitting the scholarship application and other required information.
A graduate of William Chrisman High School in Independence, Ron began his career with Stephenson’s Old Apple Farm Restaurant. He later held forth for such iconic brands as Gilbert/Robinson, where he served as area director and vice president, PB&J Restaurants, Inc., and the Anderson Restaurant Group.
A humble and generous man, Barkley counseled many who have gone on to achieve notoriety in the industry. Kansas City restaurateur Bart Hickey, previously with The Capital Grille, and now with Seasons 52, credits Ron with boosting his career, “Ron was always looking out for the next generation of restaurant leaders. He was a friend and mentor to many. He personally gave me my two big breaks in this industry, and without his assistance and encouragement, I would not have survived in the restaurant business.”
Barkley served as president of the GKCRA and MRA. In 2001, he was inducted into the Missouri Restaurant Association Hall of Fame.
Those desiring to contribute to the Ronald L. Barkley Scholarship Fund can do so through a GoFundMe account established for this purpose: https://www.gofundme.com/uhauafgc.