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Scholarship Application Information for School Year 2017-2018
 
The Oklahoma Restaurant Association is pleased to present the following instructions for the state scholarship application process. This process has been streamlined in order to save you time and to help you meet the application deadline. Scholarships are offered to:
  • OSUIT and OSU HRAD Students - deadline to apply is 2/15/2017
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. 
 
Scholarships are open to OSU HRAD students who will be entering their junior or senior year in the fall of 17 and OSU IT students who will be entering their final year of culinary school.

The ORA and its Board of Directors reserves the right to make exceptions based on circumstance. Scholarships are disbursed DIRECTLY to the educational institution only after the ORA office receives a letter from the institution’s records/admissions or foundation office confirming full-time enrollment for the student.

This is a time of great opportunity for men and women to enter our industry. We welcome you and wish you well as you continue your preparation for what can be a rewarding career! On behalf of the entire Foundation, we wish you success in your academic and career goals.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Applicants must provide proof that they are: currently enrolled in a post secondary culinary/hospitality program on a full-time or substantial part-time basis (minimum 9 credit hours) at OSUIT or OSU HRAD;
  2. Must have performed a minimum of 250 hours of related work experience in the hospitality field verified by paycheck stubs or letter(s) from employer(s) (ProStart® students are required to complete this);
  3. Must obtain and submit two letters of recommendation – one from a faculty member familiar with your work, and another from a foodservice industry employer (must be signed and on letterhead to be accepted);
  4. Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale;
  5. Must be an Oklahoma resident and US citizen or a permanent resident of the United States

Required Documentation:
Certain additional materials are required for your application to be considered. 

  • A response (at least 500 words) to this essay question: Explain your reason(s) for applying for a scholarship and why you feel you should receive one, and the type of career in the foodservice or hospitality industry you plan to pursue and your future goals.
You may upload the following items when completing your online application:
  • Copies of paycheck stubs or letter(s) from employer(s) indicating that applicant has completed a minimum of 250 hours of restaurant or foodservice-related work.
  • A copy of your current college or high school transcript. If you are a graduating senior, your transcript must include grades for your senior year. Unofficial copies are acceptable; report cards are not. If you are a graduating high school senior, you must also include a letter of acceptance from the Hospitality Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management, or Culinary Arts Education post-secondary program you will attend.
  • Two letters of recommendation – one from a faculty member familiar with your work, and another from a foodservice industry employer (must be signed and on letterhead to be accepted).

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.
 

How Scholarship Applications are Judged and Selected:

  1. Applications will be reviewed by the committee. Applicants will be contacted by email for an interview if selected by the committee.
  2. Personal interviews will be held and selections will be made in the Spring.
  3. The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association Education Committee and the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation selects and conducts interviews of scholarship applicants based on their achievement, scholastic aptitude, enthusiasm, creativity, and future promise in the foodservice/hospitality industry.
  4. In 2017, the OHF Board of Trustees has chosen to award 2 - $10,000 scholarships to OSU HRAD and 2 - $5,000 scholarships to OSUIT School of Culinary Arts. Eligible students from OSU HRAD must be entering into their Junior or Senior year in the Fall of 2017.
  5. Past scholarship recipients and past applicants are encouraged to reapply by submitting a new application prior to the deadline.


How Scholarship Recipients are Notified:

  1. Applications will be reviewed by the committee if selected for an interview
  2. Applicants will be notified of their award status by mail and scholarship awards will be presented by an ORA representative at a date to be announced before the fall semester.
  3. The scholarship dollars will be sent directly to the college bursar's office upon verification of enrollment. The funds will start in the fall semester of the following school year.

On behalf of the entire Oklahoma Restaurant Association Education Committee and the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation, we wish you success in your academic and career goals.

 
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