Since 2008 HMEF has awarded over $832,000 in Scholarships to 345 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.

Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship Award Recipients

Our Awards Ceremony is virtual on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. 

2021 Scholarship Awards Program

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Emily Arends - Maple Grove

Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte 

Baking and Pastry Arts

Determined. Motivated. Dedicated. Scholarship


Janah Berry - Warroad

Normandale Community College

Hospitality Management Program

TPI Hospitality Scholarship

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Kenna Foss - Hampton

South Dakota State University

Hospitality Management Program

Augeo Marketing Scholarship

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Kaitlyn Nelson - Lindstrom

University of Wisconsin – Stout

Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Two Tuesday Dinner Club Scholarship

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Jill Remmele - Echo

Southwest Minnesota State University

Hospitality Management Program / Culinary Arts

Reuben Palm Memorial Scholarship

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Aryanna Mulroy– Belle Plaine
South Dakota State University
Hotel Management Program

South Pier Inn Scholarship

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Annalise Austin - Savage

University of Wisconsin – Stout

Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Nova Group Scholarship

Restaurant Brokers of Minnesota Scholarship

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Kalie Dahl - Cologne

University of Wisconsin – Stout

Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Cargill Scholarship

Kiya Erler - Janesville

Southwest Minnesota State University

Culinary Management Program

Davanni's Scholarship

Lord Fletcher’s Scholarship

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Sydney Kilfoyl – Hastings

Iowa State University

Event Management Program

Greater Minneapolis Hotel Assoc Scholarship

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Maria Molitor - Delano

Saint Cloud State University

Hospitality Management Program

Toby Hospitality Scholarship

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Ivy Pankuch – Minneapolis

Normandale Community College

Hospitality Management Program

Mihajlov Family Scholarship

Reinhart Foodservice Scholarship

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Chloe Pearson - Randall

University of Wisconsin – Stout

Hospitality Management Program

Sysco North Central Region Scholarship

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Grace Rucker – Pine Island

University of Wisconsin – Stout

Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Upper Lakes Foods Scholarship

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Eli Rudnick – Sauk Rapids

North Dakota State University

Hospitality Management Program

White Bear Country Inn & Rudy’s Red Eye Grill Scholarship

ECOLAB Scholarship

Community Scholarships Available

Cargill Foodservice Scholarship

For more than 150 years, Cargill has brought food, agricultural, financial, and industrial products to people and communities all around the world. Cargill Foodservice is a commercial and sales team that helps the leading foodservice companies thrive by collaborating to develop new products, build better supply chains, manage risk and elevate quality of life for their consumers. Altogether, Cargill has 150,000 employees working every day to nourish the world in a safe, responsible, sustainable way. Cargill is an HMEF Leaders Fund Gold Sponsor.


Determined. Motivated. Dedicated. Scholarship Fund.

As a ProStart student, Jordan Lenz received a 2011-2012 Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation Scholarships, making it possible for him to attend culinary school without taking out any student loans to help pay for his college education. Jordan and Breana, his wife decided that they would like to “Pay It Forward” to support another upcoming ProStart student pursuing a career in the culinary field. Jordan is currently working at a Minnesota restaurant and is passionate about helping other culinary students by dedicating his time serving as a ProStart Mentor for his former high school, Sauk Rapids-Rice. Jordan is a true inspiration to us all.

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. ECOLAB is HMEF Leaders Fund Gold Sponsor.


Greater Minneapolis Hotel Association Scholarship

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.


Henry Kristal Memorial Scholarship

Henry Kristal was the founder of Embers Restaurants. He offered his contagious enthusiasm and dedication to the hospitality industry for over 50 years. He served as a passionate President of the Minnesota Restaurant Association and was a Board member for over 35 years. This scholarship is presented by Henry’s son, David Kristal of Augeo Marketing, and his family.


Hospitality Dream Makers Scholarship

Davanni’s Pizza is a “local and legendary” Twin Cities’ restaurant. Proudly serving the Twin Cites since 1975 with its 21 local and family-owned locations. Helping students create dreams of working in the hospitality industry come true.


Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge Scholarship

Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge has been a Lake Minnetonka tradition since 1968. The restaurant has won national awards, including The DiRoNA Award (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, for its well-loved regional fare, wine, and individualized service.


Mihajlov Family Scholarship

It is the preference of the Mihajlov Family that the Mihajlov Family HMEF Scholarship be awarded to an individual in need of financial support 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



Nova Restaurant Group Scholarship

This scholarship is given by Chef Scott Foster and Patrick Woodring in honor of the restaurant’s customers and staff. Scott and Pat operates Nova Restaurant Group, which also runs Hazellewood Grille & Tap in Tonka Bay, Tavern 4&5 in Eden Prairie, as well as Chester’s Kitchen & Bar, La Vetta Bar Nel Cielo, Pescara and Terza Ristorante all located in Rochester.


Reinhart Foodservice Scholarship

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 have 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.


Restaurant Brokers of Minnesota Scholarship

Restaurant Brokers of Minnesota serves the hospitality industry by representing owners, buyers, sellers, managers, operators, investors, developers, and franchisers. The company’s agents assist clients with all aspects of the sale and know the restaurant business in the Twin Cities and in Minnesota.


Reuben Palm Memorial Scholarship

Reuben Palm was a longtime president of Palm Brothers Restaurant Equipment & Design and served on the Board of Directors for the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association and Minnesota Restaurant Association. In 2005, Reuben was inducted into the Hospitality Minnesota Hall of Fame. The Palm Family hopes to continue Reuben’s legacy by helping students entering the hospitality industry with this scholarship in Reuben Palm’s name.

South Pier Inn on the Canal Scholarship

Discover South Pier Inn, our family-owned boutique Canal Park hotel right on the waterfront of Lake Superior Bay, nestled at the foot of the world-famous Aerial Lift Bridge. Enjoy spectacular views of the Duluth Harbor, tucked at the westernmost tip of Lake Superior, from one of our waterfront whirlpools suites.


Sysco North Central Region Scholarship

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 Scholarship

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 Scholarship

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.


Two Tuesday Dinner Club (TTDC) Scholarship

The Two Tuesday Dinner Club (TTDC) was founded in November 2001 by Liz Rammer, long before she became CEO of Hospitality Minnesota. The group is comprised of 16 professional women who meet at 7 pm the second Tuesday of every month to dine at a different small neighborhood restaurant. Over the past 20 years, the group has dined at over 200 restaurants in the Twin Cities metro area. Beyond the enjoyment of sharing a meal together, club members have supported one another both personally and professionally.  To help celebrate TTDC’s 20th anniversary, the members thought it most fitting to provide financial support to a student interested in pursuing a career in hospitality.


Upper Lakes Foods Scholarship

Being a local, family-owned business means we work hard to be more than a supplier. We seek to provide you with solutions to the challenges you face in food service while still focusing on the future and growth of the industry. We believe innovation generates success, and for us, the true marker of success is a satisfied customer.


White Bear Country Inn - Rudy’s Redeye 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.