RAMEF Scholarships

Below you will find descriptions and eligibility criteria for each scholarship.

2017 Scholarship Application

Michael Birchenall Scholarship Fund

Michael Birchenall was the editor of Foodservice Monthly, a Mid-Atlantic magazine for the hospitality and foodservice industry. He was a man of strong conviction and passion. Among his many attributes, Michael Birchenall is fondly remembered as a man who offered tremendous support, help, and encouragement to young people looking to make careers in the foodservice industry. This competitive scholarship is awarded to students interested in pursuing culinary, foodservice, or hospitality-related coursework. It is available to high school seniors and current college students. ($1000 - $2500 scholarship pool) Scholarship Deadline: April 14, 2017  Michael Birchenall Scholarship Fund Application 

Eligibility Criteria
Resident of Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia or Delaware
 -  High school senior or college student
 -  Must be pursuing hospitality related coursework
Interviews may be required of finalists
  



Letitia B. Carter Scholarship

The Letitia B. Carter Scholarship is presented by the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation in memory of former CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland. This competitive scholarship is awarded to Maryland residents interested in pursuing hospitality-related coursework. It is available to high school students and college students as well as high school, college or corporate instructors and current hospitality industry professionals. ($500 - $2000 scholarship pool) Scholarship Deadline: April 14, 2017

Eligibility Criteria
Maryland resident
 -  High school senior or college student
High school, college or corporate instructor
Hospitality industry professional
 -  Must be pursuing hospitality related coursework
Interviews may be required of finalists
A minimum cumulative unweighted grade point average of 3.0 (High School and College Students Only)
 -  A minimum of 400 hours documented industry experience  (High School and College Students Only)
A minimum of 1500 hours documented industry experience (Instructors, Teachers and Industry Applicants only)



Marcia S. Harris Legacy Fund Scholarship

The Marcia S. Harris Legacy Fund Scholarship is presented by the Restaurant Association of Maryland in memory of Marcia S. Harris former CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland for more than 20 years. Marcia had a love for life and a love for the foodservice industry that stood out even in the largest crowds. Her passion and dedication to promoting, protecting and improving the foodservice industry is what drove her day in and day out. Applicants should also possess the qualities of passion and dedication and have a strong desire to improve the foodservice industry through the personal pursuit of professionalism. ($500 - $2000 scholarship pool) Scholarship Deadline: April 14, 2017

Eligibility Criteria
Maryland resident
 -  High school senior
College student
High school or post- secondary instructor who teaches culinary arts or hospitality management courses
 -  Must be pursuing hospitality related coursework
Interviews may be required of finalists



Applebee’s/The Rose Group Hospitality Scholarship

The Applebee’s/The Rose Group Hospitality Scholarship is presented by the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation on behalf of Applebee’s/The Rose Group, a long-time partner and supporting group of RAMEF. ($1100 scholarship) Scholarship Deadline: April 14, 2017

Eligibility Criteria
Maryland resident
 -  Graduating high school senior
Pursuing hospitality related coursework
Minimum cumulative unweighted grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
 -  Minimum of 150 hours of documented industry experience
Must have some community involvement
Interviews may be required of finalists




The Eddie Dopkin First Course Award Honoring Entrepreneurship in Hospitality

The Eddie Dopkin First Course Award Honoring Entrepreneurship in Hospitality is presented by the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation on behalf of the Dopkin Family. Eddie was a longtime restaurant owner, caterer and entrepreneur in Baltimore. He owned Miss Shirley’s and The Classic Catering People as well as many other restaurants. This scholarship is only available to current students at Stratford University – Baltimore Campus. ($5000 scholarship) Scholarship Deadline: February 10, 2017 and is only available to current students at Stratford University - Baltimore Campus.

Eligibility Criteria
Maryland resident
 -  Must be a current student at Stratford University – Baltimore Campus to apply for this scholarship


Return your completed application to:
Scholarship Committee
Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation
6301 Hillside Court
Columbia, MD  21046
(410) 290-6800 (p) - (410) 290-6882 (f)
ProStart@marylandrestaurants.com


The Eddie Dopkin First Course Award Honoring Entrepreneurship in Hospitality must be postmarked by February 10, 2017.
All other scholarships must be postmarked by April 14, 2017.