Deborah Dowdell Industry Leaders Scholarship

Academic Year: 2016/2017
Granter: New Jersey Restaurant Educational Foundation
Award Amount: $700
Scholarship Application Deadline: All applications must be received before May 1, 2017.

All interested applicants should read the Giving Guidelines.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be pursuing a career in Hospitality Management, Advocacy, Association Management, or Entrepreneurial Studies and enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Student must provide high school or college transcripts.
  • Student GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • Student’s permanent address must be in the state of New Jersey.
  • Application must be accompanied by proof of admission to a school of higher learning and the required essay.
  • Student must provide a resume that includes college major.

Essay should be 500-1000 words about one of the listed topics below:

  • Why are you applying for the Deborah Roy Dowdell Industry Leaders Scholarship?
  • Failure is one step closer to success. Please recall a time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event that marked your transition into adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


All students should send their scholarship application and essay to:

Sarita Curry
New Jersey Restaurant Educational Foundation
126 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Students will be notified by May 15, 2017 if selected for the Deborah Roy Dowdell Scholarship Award by email.  They will be sent an official letter congratulating them in May.  Awarded students will be invited to attend the NJREF Culinary Student Day Celebration on June 5, 2017.

Students may apply for more than one NJREF scholarship, however, each student can only be awarded one scholarship per academic year.