Scholarships

Scholarship Application
Open to apply January 1 – May 1

Each year, the Foundation awards dozens of scholarships to deserving high school seniors and undergraduate students who dream of pursuing higher education to study the foodservice and hospitality industries. 

Scholarships available for 2024.

Meet our 2023 CRF Scholars

Meet our 2023 CRF Scholars Overview

General Scholarship 

Up to $2,000 for 2-year degree programs 
Up to $4,000 for 4-year degree programs 
What you’ll need: work experience hours, min 2.5 GPA, essay 

Guy Fieri Foundation Scholarship

$2,000 – $5,000
Submit a 30-second video or 2 photos with captions answering the question: what inspires you?
What you’ll need: work experience hours, min 2.5 GPA

Wienerschnitzel / Galardi Group, Inc. Scholarship

Minimum $2,000
Do you or immediate family member work for Wienerschnitzel, Hamburger Stand, or Galardi Group? Apply for a scholarship!

Our Partners

Endowments and Funds
The CRF is fortunate to have partners who have made a long-term commitment to higher education. The following people and companies have established scholarship endowments with us.

  • American Express Scholarship Fund
  • Arthur Wynne Scholarship Fund
  • Balestreri + Cutino Scholarship Fund
  • David C Tallichet, Jr. / Specialty Restaurants Scholarship Fund
  • Don + Dolly Karcher Scholarship Fund
  • Keurig Dr Pepper Scholarship Fund
  • Kieran Collins Burke Scholarship Endowment
  • M. Dariotis Scholarship Fund
  • Mark Giovanini Scholarship Fund
  • Milla O. Naylor Scholarship Fund
  • RARE Chapter Endowment
  • Rolf Lewis CCA Scholarship Fund
  • Thomas + Jenny Fat Endowment
  • Tom & Karen Ferdinandi Family Endowment
  • Wendy Armour Scholarship Fund
  • CRA Central Valley Endowment
  • CRA Fresno Chapter Endowment
  • CRA Los Angeles Chapter Endowment
  • CRA Monterey Chapter Endowment
  • CRA North State Endowment
  • CRA Orange County Chapter Endowment
  • CRA Sacramento Chapter Endowment
  • CRA San Diego County Chapter Endowment

The Impact

2023 CRF Scholarship Recipient: Christian Lopez
Isiah Greene: Guy Fieri Foundation recipient
2023 CRF Scholarship Recipient: Julia Jauregui

Meet Andrew!

Andrew is a California ProStart alum and Guy Fieri Foundation scholarship recipient. Hear about Andrew’s passion for culinary arts.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)

We encourage students to apply for other scholarships including the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The NRAEF scholarship application must be completed online.

The CRF and the California Restaurant Association established the Wendy Armour Scholarship in memory of our dear colleague and friend who lost her battle with cancer. Wendy was the heart of the California Restaurant Foundation for 19 years and inspired thousands of students to dream bigger. Her legacy will live on in this scholarship and the lives that it changes.