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CRAF Scholarship Application 2019

CRAF Scholarship Application Introduction

The California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF) is proud to present the 2019 CRAF scholarship application. The application deadline for both undergraduate and high school seniors is May 3, 2019. Application must be submitted by the deadline date. You will be able to choose which scholarships you wish to apply for on the next page.
CRAF scholarships are competitive and awarded to qualified applicants based on an application, an essay, previous experience and an interview. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Top applicants will be contacted for an interview with the CRAF scholarship panel, comprised of postsecondary educators and industry leaders, by e-mail or phone six to eight weeks after the deadline. Scholarships will be awarded in two payments following proof of enrollment in two semesters. The first half of the scholarship is paid in early September and the second check is paid in the spring semester, once proof of enrollment with nine or more credit hours and proof of good standing with the college requirement are submitted.
In addition to the CRAF scholarship, we encourage students to apply for other scholarships including the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The NRAEF scholarship application must be completed online at Additional scholarship and educational resources are available online at

Applicant qualifications
To qualify for a CRAF scholarship, the applicant must:
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • be a California resident (except Galardi Group, Inc. scholarship), although students may attend an out-of-state school
  • be enrolled in or will be enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours at an accredited foodservice related postsecondary two consecutive semesters or terms
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale
  • be in good standing with the school for the second half of the award
  • have completed at least one grading term of a postsecondary program or be a high school senior going directly to a postsecondary school
  • satisfy the minimum hours of industry-related work experience, paid or voluntary:
    • 250 hours for high school students going into their freshmen year
    • 400 hours for college freshmen going into their sophomore year
    • 550 hours for students beyond sophomore year.
All work experience must be verified through paycheck stubs or a signed letter from employers. Do not submit copies of a W-2.
Required documentation to be submitted with your signed application:
  • A 500-750 word essay, which must be submitted below.
  • A copy of the applicant’s program curriculum from a college catalog or website with the major or degree, the number of credit hours and all degree requirements shown.
  • A high school or college transcript. Transcripts do not have to be a sealed official copy, but must be from the school.
  • Proof of the required restaurant and hospitality industry work experience as listed above. Proof can be given in the form of scanned paycheck stubs or a scanned letter from an employer verifying hours worked. Do not send copies of a W-2.     
Scholarship awards are paid to the student in two payments. The first half of the scholarship for the fall semester is paid in early September once proof of enrollment with nine or more credit hours, a high-resolution picture, thank-you(s) and student & scholarship profile forms are received. The second half for the winter/spring semester is paid once proof of enrollment with nine or more credit hours and proof of good standing with the college are received.