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 Andy Rittler, GDRA Executive Director at (972) 671‐4372 or arittler@gdra.org.

Best wishes for much success!

Mary Abrams
Co-Chair Education Comm.

Nikky Phinyawatana
Co-Chair Education Comm.

Ernie Quilantan
President, GDRA

Andy Rittler
Executive Director

Scholarship Opportunities Available

$3,000 - $5,000

Founders Club Partners Scholarships – Awarded to top applicants

$1,000 - $5,000

El Centro College Endowment – Awarded to El Centro Students


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


Medical City Nutrition Scholarship – Consideration given based on a nutritional focus


Application Deadlines


March 23, 2018

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 2018

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


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.