Scholarships and Grants


The Texas Restaurant Foundation offers various scholarships throughout the state and in specific cities or regions. See below for more details on each scholarship.

Tim Kelly Memorial Scholarship (Statewide)

Deadline: TBD

Creed Ford III Memorial Scholarship (Statewide)

Deadline: March 31

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GATRA ProStart Scholarship (Greater Austin Chapter)

Deadline: June 8

Scholarships range from $500-$2000.

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GDTRA Scholarship (Greater Dallas Chapter)

Deadline: June 3

Scholarships range from $500-$2000.

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School Grant Program 

All socioeconomic levels are reflected in our Texas ProStart high schools. While some schools are well funded, others are not as fortunate. Through TRF/Partner school grants, we can give grant funds directly to a school in need and help them strengthen their Texas ProStart program. 


The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the American Hotel & Lodging Association were awarded a $1.8 million contract, from the Department of Labor, to develop the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship. To learn more about the apprenticeship program, visit the NRAEF website. Below is a webinar, led by John Shortt, NRAEF Director of Program Development, outlining the apprenticeship program and answer questions from TRA members. If you are interested in building a registered apprenticeship in your restaurant, foodservice and hospitality business please contact Susan Petty, TRF Director of Education/Texas ProStart Coordinator.