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Colorado Restaurant Foundation Scholarships

Note: the 2022 application deadline for all scholarships is Friday, April 15.


If you are interested in a rewarding career in the restaurant and foodservice industry, we offer a variety of merit-based scholarships for students considering enrolling in post-secondary culinary and hospitality programs.

The Colorado Restaurant Foundation, in partnership with Foundation Scholarship Donors, awards scholarships to qualified students in foodservice/hospitality management programs. Applicants must have demonstrated strong interest in the foodservice/hospitality industry as evidenced through documentable work experience in the industry.

Applications for Undergraduate and Colorado ProStart® Scholarships Are Now Open! As a reminder, these scholarships are for students enrolling in foodservice- and hospitality-related programs at accredited post-secondary institutions and programs here in the state of Colorado. The deadline is April 15, 2022, and scholarship recipients will be announced in May.

Undergraduate Eligibility Criteria

Available scholarships:

  • Weil Family Foundation Scholarship - $10,000
  • Kevin McNicholas Foundation Scholarship - $5,000
  • Kevin McNicholas Foundation Scholarship - $5,000
  • Kae DeBrent Hodges, Chris Weil, and FOODMatch Scholarship - $3,500
  • Mile High Chapter Scholarship - $3,000
  • Fred M. Laurita Scholarship - $2,500
  • Fred M. Laurita Scholarship - $2,500
  • PepsiCo Scholarship - $2,500
  • Swire Coca-Cola - $2,500

Note: Submit one application to apply for all available scholarships. Any applications which do not meet the following criteria or are not legible will be automatically disqualified.
  • You must be a US citizen or a permanent resident.
  • You must plan to use the scholarship in a foodservice- or hospitality-related program at an accredited post-secondary institution or program in the state of Colorado.
  • You must be enrolled or plan to enroll as a full-time or substantial part-time student taking a minimum of 9 credit hours each term.
  • You must plan to be enrolled for at least two upcoming consecutive semesters.
  • You must have at least six months of industry related work experience.
Undergraduate Students apply here: 2022 Undergraduate Scholarship Application

Colorado ProStart® Eligibility Criteria

COProStart students are eligible for the following scholarships:
  • Kevin McNicholas Foundation Scholarship - $5,000
  • Kevin McNicholas Foundation Scholarship - $5,000
  • Mile High Chapter Scholarship - $3,000
  • Fred M. Laurita Scholarship - $2,500
  • Fred M. Laurita Scholarship - $2,500
  • Kae DeBrent Hodges, Chris Weil, and FOODMatch Scholarship - $3,500
  • PepsiCo Scholarship - $2,500
  • Swire Coca-Cola - $2,500
Note:  Submit one application to apply for all available scholarships. Any applications that do not meet the following criteria or are not legible will be automatically disqualified.

  • You must be a senior enrolled in the Colorado ProStart® program at your high school or in your school district.
  • You must be accepted into an approved post-secondary program, starting in the Fall 2022 term.
  • You must have some documented industry-related work experience.

ProStart® Students apply here: 2022 Colorado ProStart Scholarship Application

Scholarship Contributions

Since its inception in 1987, the CRF has awarded more than $750,000 in scholarships. Thank you to all of our generous contributors for supporting the future of the foodservice and hospitality industry.


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