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 May 15

Number and Size of Awards

Number of recipients and award amounts vary; maximum $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. Award paid in one lump sum in the Fall semester.

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 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.")

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. Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient's account once required documentation is received.

The scholarship is payable once per academic year and can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and August 15) or Spring semester (between December 1 and February 15). To release the scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript to the Community Foundation verifying enrollment in a program of culinary arts, restaurant management, or some other aspect of the hospitality industry. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.

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.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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