The founders of DiRōNA had one simple idea in mind: To preserve and promote the ultimate in distinguished dining.
In 1989, DiRoNA established an endowment fund with the NRAEF to encourage students to pursue careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Annually, DiRoNA honors its key industry partners, media patrons, and past chairmen through the scholarship program. This scholarship program was created to inspire students to pursue their passion for the culinary arts. This scholarship is for any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, food service, or hospitality related major with an interest in fine dining.
Recipients are selected through a rigorous review of applications from throughout North America.
A minimum of 6 DiRoNA scholarships is provided each year through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
As Ted Balestreri, past DiRōNA Chairman notes, “The gift of an education is rewarding; the end result is immeasurable. The knowledge of food and wine and hospitality is a gift to share, and we are proud to help promote the education of the best in our field.”
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
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Washington, DC 20036
2017 DiRōNA Scholarship Recipients:
Nathan Cook – Sullivan University
Gueye Coty – Gateway Community College
Sarah Sbai – Kendall College
Thomas Vitatoe – Pittsburg Technical Institute
Diana Camacho – Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte
Helen Tabitha Lindsay – Niagara College
Alexis Currell-Therrien – Niagara College
Solange Arias – Humber Co
2016 DiRōNA Scholarship Recipients:
Tiara Alston – Sullivan University
Annslea Schaber – Sullivan University
John Sadler – Sullivan University
Kristin Criswell – Culinary Institute of America
Anna Marano – Stratford Chefs School
Solange Arias – Humber College