Dallas Scholarships

The Greater Dallas Restaurant Association is committed to the support, encouragement and development of our future industry leaders. We believe that a strong education is foundational to the long‐term success of the generation entering today’s workforce and ultimately the success of all restaurants and foodservice operations. We are honored that you have chosen to join the industry that we, as individuals and an association, have devoted our careers to serving, advancing and promoting.

Below are detailed instructions and qualification requirements for the GDRA Scholarship Program. Please review and complete them in their entirety. This application will be considered for the Founders Club Partners Scholarship and El Centro College Endowment awarded by the GDRA. Additionally, if you would like to be considered for the Matt Martinez, Jr. “Heartship” Scholarship or Medical City Nutrition Scholarship, please complete the essay requirements at the end of the application. If you elect not to apply for any of these three scholarships, you will still be considered for the other scholarship options. If you have any questions regarding the application or application process, please contact Jerry Walker, GDRA Executive Director at (972) 671‐4372 or jwalker@gdra.org.

Best wishes for much success!

Mary Abrams
Co-Chair Education Comm.

Andrew Wilt
Co-Chair Education Comm.

Kyle Noonan
President, GDRA

Jerry Walker
Executive Director

Scholarship Opportunities Available


Founders Club Partners Scholarships – Awarded to top applicants

$1,000 - $2,500

El Centro College Endowment – Awarded to El Centro Students


Matt Martinez, Jr.”Heartship” Scholarship – Consideration given based on financial and/or personal hardship




Application Deadlines


March 1, 2019

Applications must be sent to the GDRA office and postmarked by the day of the deadline or may be delivered in person by 5 p.m. that same day. Late or faxed applications will not be accepted.

April 2019

GDRA representative will notify applicants by phone, email and mail of awarded scholarships.

April 16, 2019

GDRA Scholarship Dinner. Recipients and their parents are invited to attend the GDRA Scholarship Dinner where scholarship awards are formally announced. Invitation with details will be provided.


Application: Dallas Chefs of Tomorrow Scholarship