Each year, the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association's philanthropic arm, the North Carolina Hospitality Education Foundation (NC HEF), awards a wide variety of scholarships to students, as well as vital grant funding to educators, across the state of North Carolina. These funds support the pursuit of higher education for future hospitality leaders, as well as instructors who want to continue their education. In 2018 we awarded $52,500 in scholarship funding to 18 students and educators.
1) Golden Corral Scholarship
This annual scholarship of $4,000 is given to one rising college junior or senior enrolled in a four-year culinary or hospitality program in North Carolina.
2) Johnson & Wales University Chancellor's Scholarship
This annual scholarship of $4,000 is given to one graduating high school senior planning to enroll at Johnson and Wales University – Charlotte. This award is renewable and administered by Johnson & Wales University.
3) Davidson and Jones Hotel Corporation Scholarship
This annual scholarship of $1,000 is given to a college junior enrolled in a four-year culinary or hospitality program in North Carolina.
4) Mary Margaret Traxler Scholarship
This award honors the late founder of the Greater Charlotte Hospitality News. It grants $2,000 to one rising sophomore or junior enrolled in a four-year culinary or hospitality program in North Carolina.
5) William F. Carl Scholarship
The William F. Carl Scholarship honors the late co-founder of Golden Corral by granting $3,500 annually in scholarships to eligible children of employees working in the hospitality industry. William F. Carl was a firm believer that the dedication and hard work of hourly workers were the industry's foundation for growth and success.
6) Vickie Clark-Flaherty Scholarship
The Vickie Clark-Flaherty Scholarship honors the late senior product implementation manager for Golden Corral. It awards $1,000 to women in the foodservice industry. Clark-Flaherty epitomized what it takes to be successful in the foodservice industry: determination, vision and the highest work ethic.
7) Ted Fowler Scholarship for the Pursuit of Restaurant Excellence
This scholarship honors former Golden Corral President and CEO Ted Fowler. It recognizes students who aspire to continue their education in the restaurant and hospitality industry with a $3,500 annual scholarship to a graduating, ProStart program, high school senior.
8) North Carolina Hospitality Education Foundation Scholarship
NC HEF awards scholarships to students attending two- or four-year schools in North Carolina while pursuing careers in the hospitality industry. Multiple awards are given each year. Scholarship amounts vary; the minimum award is $750.
9) Jimmy Alfano Scholarship
This scholarship honors Angus Barn employee Jimmy Alfano, who had a passion for culinary arts and mentoring young people. Students eligible for this award must have experience as a restaurant employee, with preference given to those with independent restaurant experience. There are three scholarships available, each in the amount of $3,000.
10) Pepsi "Service that Sells" Scholarship
Pepsi believes that excellent customer service is the key to success in the hospitality industry. This award is designed for ProStart students and alumni that are pursuing education in hospitality related careers and have already had some customer service experience working in a restaurant or similar job. The amount of this scholarship award is $2,000.