Scholarships and Grants

Student Scholarships

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

W. Price Jr. Memorial Scholarship (Statewide)

Each year the Texas Restaurant Foundation awards the W. Price Jr. Memorial Scholarship to students with a growing passion for the foodservice industry. The scholarship is named for W. Price Jr., the first executive director of the Texas Restaurant Association who served from 1953 until 1974. Seven scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to students graduating high school hospitality programs.

Deadline: April 30, 2022

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Creed Ford III Memorial Scholarship (Statewide)

Creed Ford III was a long-time, well-respected restauranteur, where he managed, inspired and led thousands of employees at various companies including Brinker International, Fired Up, Inc. and Ford Restaurant Group. Creed's life passion was helping others. As a founder of Johnny Carino’s, the Fired-Up Foundation, he has raised and donated over $2.7 million to various charities over the years. His family has created a scholarship in his memory to support the future leaders of the hospitality industry. The C3 Legacy Foundation will award three scholarships at $5,000 each annually.

Deadline: April 30, 2022

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GATRA ProStart Scholarship (Greater Austin Chapter)

Deadline: May 8, 2022

Scholarships range from $500-$5000.

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GDTRA Scholarship (Greater Dallas Chapter)

Deadline: June 3, 2022

Scholarships range from $500-$2000.

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Educator Awards

Chef Tim Kelly Educator Excellence Award

Texas ProStart instructors who demonstrate leadership and excellence in culinary education are eligible to contend for the annual Educator Excellence Award. Teachers must be advocates of the Texas ProStart program and dedicated to helping students achieve success.

Deadline: April 30, 2022

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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. 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.