Scholarships

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:
  • Be enrolled in a two-year or four-year Foodservice Management program at a Missouri college or university.
  • Intend to make a career in the Foodservice industry.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a scale of four. (Transcript to be forwarded by school registrar.)
  • Remain in full-time status.
  • Remain in good standing at the school selected.
  • Graduate of ProStart School-to-Career program.
  • Show an active interest in the Foodservice industry.
Grand 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.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Be enrolled in a formal Foodservice program, at a Missouri college or university.
  • Intend to make a career in the Foodservice industry.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a scale four.
  • Remain in full-time status.
  • Remain in good standing in the school selected.
  • Show an active interest in the Foodservice industry by working at least eight weeks in a full time job in the Foodservice industry during the summer preceding the semester for which the award was made.
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.

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.

Joplin/Southwest Chapter -  Scholarships are available for local culinary, restaurant, and hospitality management students. Click here for the 2014 scholarship application along with the guidelines for submission or here for the Educational Grant guidelines.
 
Greater Kansas City Chapter - Download the submission guidelines and scholarship application here. Applications must be received in office by March 17, 2014, for funding consideration.

Greater St. Louis Chapter - Scholarships are available for local culinary, restaurant, and hospitality management students. Check back soon for more information.
 
Springfield/Branson Chapter -
Download the submission guidelines and scholarship application here.