Since 2008 HMEF has awarded over $802,000 in Scholarships to 330 students pursuing post-secondary education for careers in foodservice, lodging, tourism and hospitality management. The scholarships were provided through the generosity of Minnesota hospitality operators.

The scholarship recipients plan for careers as restaurant owners and managers, chefs, caterers, bakers, hotel and resort general managers, event planners and many other roles.

HMEF Scholarships Application deadline has passed for 2021

The HMEF, through the generosity of its donors, provides merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to the hospitality industry. Scholarships awards range from $1,000 to $3,000.


For 2021, the application period will open on January 18 and close on March 12, 2021.

TO APPLY: http://HMEF Scholarship Applications


Questions? Contact Cyndi Keesee at


NRAEF Scholarships Application deadline has passed for 2021

The NRAEF, through the generosity of its donors, provides merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to the restaurant industry. Scholarships awards range from $2,500 to $10,000. The NRAEF will award nearly $1 million in scholarships and grants to individuals across the country. Learn more and help us spread the word! Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2021.

2020 Scholarship Award Recipients

Our Awards Ceremony was virtual on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Find the live video HERE and the presentation HERE.

Anna Winter
North Dakota State College of Science
Culinary Arts
2020 TPI Hospitality Scholarship

Ivan Guzman
Normandale Community College
Hospitality Tourism Management Program
2020 Greater Minneapolis Hotel Assoc. Scholarship

Ivy Pankuch
Normandale Community College
Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
2020 TPI Hospitality Scholarship

Netzy Garay Ramirez
University of WI, Stout

Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management
2020 White Bear Country Inn &

Rudy’s Reye Grill Scholarship

Randella Swanson
University of WI, Stout
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management

2020 Toby Hospitality Scholarship

Aryanna Mulroy
South Dakota State University
Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
2020 Reinhart Foodservice Scholarship

Anna Bauerle
Bradley University
Hospitality Leadership
2020 Patrick Murray Memorial Scholarship

Chloe Thomas
Saint Cloud State University
Restaurant and Tourism Management
2020 Greater Minneapolis Hotel Assoc. Scholarship

Gabrielle Boyles
University of Wisconsin Stout
Hospitality Tourism Management Program
2020 TPI Hospitality Scholarship

Jill Remmele
Southwest Minnesota State University
Culinary Arts
2020 Toby Hospitality Scholarship

Rachel Meyer
Southwest Minnesota State University
Culinary Arts
2020 Sysco Minnesota Scholarship

Kylie Christensen
Normandale Community College
Hospitality Tourism Management Program
2020 Coca-Cola Scholarship

Marco A. Leon Gil
St. Paul College

Culinary Arts
2020 Greater Mpls Hotel Assoc Scholarship

Ryan Klatke
Normandale Community College
Hospitality Tourism, Management Program
2020 Heart of Hospitality Scholarship

Trevor Beaudry
University of WI, Stout
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management
2020 TPI Hospitality Scholarship

Not Pictured:

Paula Green | Normandale Community College,
Hospitality Tourism Management Program
2020 Upper Lakes Foods Scholarship

Hospitality Minnesota President/CEO, Liz Rammer and

Cyndi Keese, HMEF Administrative Coordinator/ProStart & HTMP Program Manager signing 2020 scholarship checks!                                                                    

Community Scholarships Available

Bill & Mary Jo Morrissey Memorial Scholarship
Morrissey Hospitality Companies is a collection of market leading hotels, restaurants and sports & entertainment venues, providing management, development and consulting services. This scholarship is proudly presented in honor of our founders - Bill and Mary Jo Morrissey - who collectively committed their lives, passion and talents to their families - their family of brands, businesses, people and children. They both battled the dreaded disease of cancer with the same hope, love, enthusiasm, optimism and concern for others in which they lived life…a testament to their philosophy of “authentic hospitality.”

Blue Plate Restaurant Company Scholarship
David Burley and Stephanie Shimp were two servers working together at The Nicollet Island Inn in the 1990s, honing their skills at one of the Twin Cities’ premier restaurant/hotels. They formed a simple business plan and in 1993 opened the Highland Grill. Other locations now include the Groveland Tap, Edina Grill, Longfellow Grill, , 3 Squares, The Lowry, The Freehouse, Mercury Dining Room and Rail and Shindig Event Space, as well as the Blue Barn at the Minnesota State Fair.

CSM Lodging Scholarships
CSM Lodging develops, acquires and manages fine hotels and continually delivers outstanding guest service. They have earned Marriott’s prestigious Developer of the Year Award two years in a row, the Marriott Hotel of the Year Award three times, the Marriott Hotel Conversion of the Year Award and the Country Inn by Carlson Developer of the Year Award.

Carlson Family Foundation Scholarship
The Carlson Family Foundation has a strong tradition of giving rooted in the philosophy of its founder, Curtis L. Carlson. Curtis and Arleen Carlson fostered a sense of community and a spirit of giving in their family, establishing a legacy of philanthropy. “Whomever you serve, serve with caring.” The organization is an HMEF Leaders Fund Gold Sponsor.

Coca-Cola Scholarship
Coca-Cola Enterprises is the world’s largest marketer, producer and distributor of products of The Coca-Cola Company. While sparkling soft drinks represent their heritage, Coca-Cola’s portfolio encompasses a full range of beverage categories, including energy drinks, still and sparkling waters, juices, sports drinks, fruit drinks, coffee-based beverages and teas.

Ecolab Scholarship
Ecolab is the global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services. The company delivers comprehensive programs and services to foodservice, food and beverage processing, healthcare and hospitality markets in more than 160 countries.

Greater Minneapolis Hotel Association Scholarships
The Greater Minneapolis Hotel Association partners with the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation to provide financial support towards the development and growth of the Hospitality & Tourism Management Program in Minnesota high schools.

Hazellewood Grill & Tap Room Scholarship
The Hazellewood Grill & Tap Room is a neighborhood gathering place in Tonka Bay. This scholarship is given by Chef Scott Foster and Patrick Woodring in honor of the restaurant’s customers and staff. Scott and Pat operate Nova Restaurant Group, which also runs Tavern 4&5 in Eden Prairie, Hazelwood Food and Drink in Bloomington, as well as Chester’s Kitchen & Bar, La Vetta Bar Nel Cielo, Pescara and Terza Ristorante all located in Rochester.

Mihajlov Family Scholarship
It is the preference of the family, that the Mihajlov Family HMEF Scholarship be awarded to an individual in need of financial support in order to complete their post-secondary education in Culinary Arts or Hospitality Management with the intent of preparing for a career in culinary arts or restaurant management.

Minnesota Restaurant Association Hall of Fame Scholarship
The Minnesota Restaurant Association helps the industry thrive by providing advocacy, insight, education, networking and access to services and resources. The MRA has served the needs of the industry since 1933 and has more than 2,000 restaurants in membership and 300 Allied (vendor/ supplier) members. The MRA presents this scholarship in honor of its 29 Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame inductees.

Patrick Murray Memorial Scholarships
Since 1946, Murray’s Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis has presented a menu with exceptional choices and its special focus on beef has received the greatest accolades. Murray’s famed “Silver Butter Knife Steak” has become a tradition for locals and made the restaurant a destination for travelers. The scholarship is presented in memory of Pat Murray, the second generation “restaurateur extraordinaire” by the Murray family.

Reinhart Foodservice
Let us be your food service distribution solution. You need the right products, delivered on-time and complete. At Reinhart Foodservice, we deliver. As a strong, family owned foodservice distributor, we continue to focus on delivering what we promise. We’ve built our reputation for service, one customer at a time. State of the art, industry leading logistics and order entry technology set the stage for our Best Care Anywhere service. We are here to earn your business, every day.

Sysco Minnesota Scholarships
Sysco is a leading marketer and distributor of food and foodservice products. Sysco products and services can be found in approximately 400,000 foodservice establishments throughout North America including restaurants, hotels, schools, healthcare facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes, and theme parks, along with in-store bakeries and delis. Sysco Minnesota is an HMEF Leaders Fund Gold Level Sponsor.

TPI Hospitality Scholarships
TPI Hospitality develops, builds and manages hotels and restaurants throughout greater Minnesota and Florida. Scholarships presented by TPI Hospitality are intended for students enrolled in a hospitality management program with plans to pursue a career in the hotel or restaurant industry. 

Toby Tournament Scholarships
The Toby Foundation organized a charity golf tournament in 1985 in honor of Toby Landgraf. The tournament’s proceeds provide scholarship opportunities for hospitality students. The tournament has raised over $500,000 since 1985 and has assisted over 400 hospitality college students from Minnesota.

Torke Coffee Roasting Company Scholarship
Torke Coffee Roasting Company imports, roasts and distributes coffees, including fair trade and organic, from around the world. Torke coffees are fresh roasted and delivered, directly from the roaster, to restaurants and hotels throughout the state.

US Foods Scholarships
From the corner diner where families enjoy breakfast on Sunday morning, to the luxurious steakhouses where the world’s business is conducted, US Foods products help shape the communities where people live and work. Our customers want to make great food and run a successful business; our innovative food offerings and business solutions are designed to help them make it, in more ways than one.

White Bear Country Inn - Rudy’s Redye Grill Scholarship
The Best Western Plus White Bear Country Inn in White Bear Lake features 89 rooms, meeting facilities for 350 and includes dining in Rudy’s Redeye Grill. Rudy’s Rooftop has been named one of the “Twin Cities Best Rooftops.” The hotel is a pillar of its community, supporting a wide range of events and causes.

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