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.” 


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National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
2055 L St. NW
Washington, DC  20036
T: 800-424-5156

CANADIAN Scholarships:

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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

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