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2021 ORA/OHLA Scholarship Application
 
Scholarships are offered to OSUIT and OSU HTM Students. The deadline to apply is 2/15/2021. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Applicant Requirements:
  • Applicants must provide proof that they are: Currently enrolled in a post secondary culinary/hospitality program at OSUIT or OSU HTM
  • Must have performed a minimum of 250 hours of related work experience in the hospitality field
  • Must obtain and submit two letters of recommendation – one from a faculty member and another from a hospitality industry employer
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale

Required Documentation:
  • 500 word essay. Explain your reason(s) for applying for a scholarship and why you feel you should receive one, the type of career in the hospitality industry you plan to pursue and your future goals.
  • Copies of paycheck stubs or letter(s) from employer(s) indicating that applicant has completed a minimum of 250 hours of hospitality-related work.
  • A copy of your current college or high school transcript. 
  • Two letters of recommendation – one from a faculty member and another from an industry employer (must be signed and on letterhead to be accepted).

How Scholarship Applications are Selected:
Applications will be reviewed by the committee and qualifying applicants will be contacted by email for an in-person interview to be held early March in Tulsa, OK.

What's Happening
06.02.21
The Oklahoma Restaurant Association, the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, Moore/Norman Technology Center, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Norman, HeartLine and United Way of Central Oklahoma will host the Central Oklahoma Hospitality Job Fair. The job fair is free to the public and will take place on Friday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Moore/Norman Technology Campus, South Penn Campus located at 13301 South Pennsylvania Ave. A wide variety of hospitality jobs will be available including hotel guest services, waitstaff, culinary, banquets, housekeeping, attractions, maintenance, operations and management positions. The only registration required is for employers to secure a table at the job fair.
05.13.21
Odyssey de Culinaire is a fundraising and awareness dinner to benefit the Oklahoma ProStart® Program. This ever-popular event, which is open to the public, features 2 great evenings of dining with many of Tulsa and Oklahoma City's finest chefs being featured in their home cities. Each of the five courses features a chef mentoring a culinary student to treat attendees to an incredible five-course dinner. Experience an energetic evening and make an impact on culinary education in Oklahoma! Join us for one or both Odyssey de Culinaires - the Oklahoma Restaurant Association's only event open to the public!
06.07.21
The Culinary Cook-off is a cooking competition that takes place during the ORA Expo. Oklahoma's most talented chefs will race the clock to create dazzling dishes using a mystery basket of ingredients. Chefs will compete in various heats until the contest is narrowed down to the last two chefs. Judges will consist of a panel of industry professionals who will critique each competitor on plate presentation, creativity, product taste, and sanitation practices, among other things. For each contestant, the high and low scores will be discarded. Chefs will be competing for a trophy, medals, and cash prizes. Learn more by clicking the link! #CCO2021
06.07.21
Support Oklahoma’s most talented bartenders as they compete for prizes in the Oklahoma Restaurant Association Cocktail Shakedown. This exciting competition takes place during the first day of the ORA Expo. Bartenders from all over the state will put their skills and abilities to the test as they compete to move through four timed rounds of cocktail preparations including the Championship Round. As each bartender lifts a shaker and creates his or her requisite signature concoction, they race the clock to create innovative and crazy delicious cocktails that will be judged on taste and balance, originality, drink presentation, and stage presentation. Each round reduces the number of talented competitors until the four finalists compete for the grand prize! Applications will be available soon.
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