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Glacier Restaurant Group –

Restaurant Industry Scholarship Endowment

Headquartered in Whitefish, Montana, Glacier Restaurant Group was formed in 2007 when four unique restaurant concepts merged, resulting in the largest restaurant company based in Montana. Strong brand loyalty and a successful business model have provided GRG with the opportunity for growth through franchising and corporate expansion. With over 1,500 employees, the GRG culture is one of high energy, vibrancy, and excitement. The company provides unique and memorable experiences for restaurant patrons and that same respect for employees, franchisees, and the local communities served.

In 2015, using their own funds as well as a portion of those donated by guests through the Round It Up America program, GRG started a scholarship program administered by Whitefish Community Foundation. GRG – R.I.S.E. (Restaurant Industry Scholarship Endowment) will award five scholarships each year.

Two (2) scholarships for $2,500 each will be awarded to current, eligible employees, or to children or legal dependents of current employees.   Application to the program opens February 1 and closes April 5, 2024 at 11:59. MST.  Awards will be announced in May.

Eligible employees work at one of the following restaurants: 2024 Eligible Restaurants -Glacier Restaurant Group

To apply for a $2,500 scholarship, apply through Whitefish Community Foundation’s application portal.


Additionally, three (3) scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to students enrolled in one of following programs (one scholarship per program):

  • Montana State University, Gallatin College Culinary Arts Program
  • University of Montana, Big Sky Culinary Institute
  • Flathead Valley Community College, Culinary Institute of Montana

To apply for one of the $1,000 culinary arts scholarships, contact the university or college of interest for application information.