New York State Restaurant Association (Rochester Chapter) Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide assistance to students attending programs in the food service industry.

Application Period

December 1 to March 15

Number and Size of Awards

Number of recipients and award amounts vary; average award $2,000. Additionally, one Joseph and Carol Floreano Hospitality Scholarship will be awarded each year in recognition of Joe’s and Carol’s commitment to the food industry; average award $2,000. Award paid in one lump sum in the Fall and divided equally between the Fall and Spring semesters.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other educational expenses associated with a higher education program in the food service.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be residing in, attending a post-secondary institution in, or participating in a Pro Start program in one of four counties: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, or Wayne.

The recipient(s) of this scholarship must be matriculated in a program of culinary arts or restaurant management or some other aspect of the hospitality Industry, as sponsored by a New York State school of higher learning for the current school year.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated through New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) Rochester Chapter. Applications are sent to appropriate schools in January and made available to eligible students. Applications can also be found below and on the Scholarships page of the New York State Restaurant Association website. (You will need to scroll down to the section that says “Rochester Scholarship.”)

New York State Restaurant Association – Rochester Chapter Application

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through NYSRA Rochester Chapter. A committee comprised of one board member and two educational advisors of NYSRA reviews applications, selects the recipient(s), and informs the Community Foundation.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient in the Spring. Payment is made to the school for the recipient’s account in one lump sum in the Fall and split between the Fall and Spring semesters once required documentation is received. To release the scholarship payment, upload the requested and required information including your class schedule and tuition bill verifying enrollment in a program of culinary arts, restaurant management, or some other aspect of the hospitality industry to the Community Foundation’s online Scholarship Acceptance and Renewal Form between July 1 and August 15.

Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited. Email with any questions or concerns.

Note: recipients may benefit from submitting documentation before September 1.


This scholarship is a one-time award and is not renewable.

Donor Information

This scholarship was established in 1988 by the association to promote the food service industry.

To make your own gift to this fund, click here.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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