Russ Casey Scholarship

The Russ Casey / Maine Restaurant Associates Scholarship Fund was established to promote careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry in Maine. This scholarship honors the integrity and memory of Russell Casey, a beloved and extraordinary employee of the Jordan's Foods Corporation. The Jordan Family created the Russ Casey Fund with their contribution of $5,000. This contribution was the start of the Russ Casey / MeRA Associates Scholarship Fund, a Maine not for profit corporation established as a 501 C (3) Charitable Foundation under IRS code.


Who is eligible to apply? Any student who is a resident of Maine and is, or will be attending an institution of higher education in a field of study clearly associated with the culinary arts, restaurant, hotel or hospitality management, with preference given to those pursuing a career in food service and preference given to Maine-based educational institutions.

Scholarship amount: Generally, three $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually based on fund earnings and qualified applications. This may be altered from time to time based on the number and quality of applications received and funds available.

How are the scholarships awarded? Scholarships are awarded based on a review of applications by the Scholarship Selection Committee, a subcommittee of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Academic achievement, work experience, career interests, family need and relationship to the Maine Restaurant Association through family or employer are the primary criteria for selecting scholarship recipients. The scholarships may be given to the same applicant in separate years but must be based on separate applications each year.

Application process:
Visit our website to download the scholarship application or request an application by writing to:
Chairman, Scholarship Committee
Maine Restaurant Association
P.O. Box 5060
5 Wade Street
Augusta, Maine 04332
Tel: (207) 623-2178

Applicants must submit an application with a cover letter explaining their interests, experience and need plus a letter(s) of recommendation from a restaurant, hotel, or hospitality employer and/or from a guidance counselor.

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