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Step Up For Students (K-12)

Since 2002, Step Up For Students has offered scholarships for low-income students in grades K-12. The program, which administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, empowers families to choose the best learning environment for their children’s learning needs. Families may choose between a scholarship worth up to $4,880 to help cover private school tuition and fees, or a scholarship up to $500 to assist with transportation costs to attend a public school in another county. (Scholarship amounts for the 2013-14 school year are noted. The amount may increase for 2014-15.) Children who are in foster care or who are homeless may also be eligible. For information on eligibility requirements, please visit stepupforstudents.org. NOTE: Application process must be submitted on the Step Up For Students website. Click Apply Now.

Scholarship Awards: To be determined
Application Open: To be determined
Application Deadline: Scholarships available until funding is exhausted
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AAA Scholarship Foundation (K-12)

AAA Scholarship Foundation provides economic and other assistance to economically disadvantaged families to enable them to select the best schools for their children. All students who are residents of Arizona are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. For more information on eligibility requirements, visit www.aaascholarships.org. NOTE: Application process must be submitted on the AAA Scholarship Foundation web site.

Scholarship Awards: To be determined
Application Open: To be determined
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
Start Application Process: Applications not open
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US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (High School)

The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the oldest and largest national, nonprofit, non-partisan organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Applicant must be of Asian-Pacific Island heritage and living in the United States.

Scholarship Award: 1 high school scholarship for $3,000 (freshman - senior in high school)
Application Open: September 5, 2014
Application Deadline: April 5, 2015
Start Application Process: Apply Now
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Magic Johnson Foundation

Magic Johnson Foundation/Denny’s Memorial Scholarships

In partnership with the Magic Johnson Foundation, the Denny’s LA franchise restaurants will be offering a scholarships in memory of Shami Sall, a loved and admired, Sr. Director of Operations of Denny’s. Shami had a helpful spirit and always lived by the creed, “giving a hand up instead of a hand out”. This program will award 2 deserving high school students and 2 deserving college students, $2,500 scholarships each that live in the LA market (U.S. Citizen or legal temporary resident) who have a life story that speaks to Shami’s mantra and personality. Each student will be asked to submit a 300 word essay (high school) and 500 word essay (college) on his or her own life story to apply for the scholarship. One of the requirements is to have two recommendation letters from a community leader, teacher or principal along with a copy of their gpa at the end of their junior year in high school and end of their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior semester in college. Since the student’s name and photograph will be used on the company’s website, the student will need to sign a release for that purpose. Magic Johnson Foundation, founded by Earvin “Magic” Johnson in 1991, works to develop programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin and who live in LA. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individuals essay submission. NOTE: Application process must be submitted on the Magic Johnson Foundation web site at a date to be determined.

Scholarship Awards: Scholarship amounts to be determined
Application Open: To be determined
Application Deadline: To be determined
Start Application Process: Applications not open

Magic Johnson Foundation (High School and College)

The Magic Johnson Foundation, founded by Earvin “Magic” Johnson in 1991, works to develop programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin and who live in the United States. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individuals essay submission.

Scholarship Awards: 5 college scholarships for $1,000 each (freshman - senior in college); 3 high scholarships for $1000 each (freshman – senior in high school)
Application Open: September 15, 2014
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
Start Application Process: Apply Now
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The Tom Joyner Foundation (College)

The Tom Joyner Foundation (TJF) provides programming initiatives and partnerships in support of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and their communities. TJF believes all students deserve the chance to attend college so they can succeed in life. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin. Student must be a full-time enrolled student at an HBCU in or living in the United States. NOTE: Application process must be submitted on the TJF web site and the guidelines will be on their site.

Scholarship Awards: To be determined by the Tom Joyner Foundation
Application Open: To be determined
Application Deadline: To be determined
Start Application Process: Applications not open
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United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) (High School and College)

USHLI is a Chicago-based national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization that has developed into one of the most powerful, nationally and internationally recognized Latino organizations in the country by organizing and conducting nonpartisan voter registration and leadership development programs in 40 states. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin and who live in the United States. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization. Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individuals essay submission.

Scholarship Awards: 5 college scholarships for $1,000 each (freshman-senior in college); 3 high school scholarships for $1,000 each (freshman - senior in high school)
Application Open: September 5, 2014
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
Start Application Process: Apply Now
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Urban League of the Upstate of South Carolina (High School and College)

The Urban League of the Upstate is a non-profit organization committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all citizens in housing, education, employment, and economic development, without regard to race or socioeconomic status. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin and live in Upstate SC. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of South Carolina. Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individual’s essay submission.

Scholarship Awards: 2 college scholarships for $1,000 each (freshman-senior in college); 3 high school scholarships for $1,000 each (freshman - senior in high school)
Application Open: September 5, 2014
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
Start Application Process: Apply Now
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Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) (College)

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is the only national educational association representing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). HACU represents more than 400 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, and Spain. Thousands of young Hispanics have benefited from a variety of HACU scholarship opportunities and federal and corporate internships offered through the HACU National Internship Program. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin. Students must be a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate students attending a 2-year or 4-year HACU-member institutions in the United States. Students must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. NOTE: Application process must be submitted on the HACU web site.

Scholarship Awards: 5 college scholarships for $1,000 each
Application Open: January 1, 2015
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
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HFE Mission

Recognize students by awarding deserving high school and college students with scholarships for their ideas to help Denny's efforts to fight childhood hunger.

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How to Apply

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FAQ

What is the Denny's Hungry for Education Scholarship Program?

Denny’s Hungry for Education (HFE) is a multicultural scholarship program targeting students from elementary through college and is designed to recognize and encourage academic accomplishments. Denny’s will partner with 8 leading non-profit minority advocacy organizations to launch the programs across the United States within Denny’s restaurant demographics. The program will award more than $250,000 in scholarships to deserving elementary, high school and college students for their ideas to help Denny’s fight childhood hunger. Details of the award dates and guidelines vary with HFE partner.

What are the details of the award?

The Denny's Hungry for Education will be launched across the United States within Denny's restaurant demographics. Students must be residents of those states. By submitting an application, you agree that what you send will be deemed non-confidential and you grant Denny's, Inc. (along with the non-profit minority organization administrator) the right to use, copy, modify, edit, publish, transmit, and display your submission via any media, and that Denny's Inc. will be free to use your name and other identifying information, unless you specifically request in writing that we not do so. Denny's, Inc. will not be administering or selecting the scholarship winner. Each organization will be responsible for administering and selecting its scholarship winner. Denny's Inc. only provides scholarship dollars to the organizations for awarding to the scholarship winner. See more information under each HFE partner information.

US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (High School)

The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the oldest and largest national, nonprofit, non-partisan organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Applicant must be of Asian-Pacific Island heritage and living in the United States.

Scholarship Award: 1 high school scholarship for $3,000 (freshman - senior in high school)
Application Open: September 5, 2014
Application Deadline: April 5, 2015
Start Application Process: Apply Now

United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) (High School and College)

USHLI is a Chicago-based national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization that has developed into one of the most powerful, nationally and internationally recognized Latino organizations in the country by organizing and conducting nonpartisan voter registration and leadership development programs in 40 states. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin and who live in the United States. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization. Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individuals essay submission.

Scholarship Awards: 5 college scholarships for $1,000 each (freshman-senior in college); 3 high school scholarships for $1,000 each (freshman - senior in high school)
Application Open: September 5, 2014
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
Start Application Process: Apply Now

Urban League of the Upstate of South Carolina (High School and College)

The Urban League of the Upstate is a non-profit organization committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all citizens in housing, education, employment, and economic development, without regard to race or socioeconomic status. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin and live in Upstate SC. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of South Carolina. Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individual’s essay submission.

Scholarship Awards: 2 college scholarships for $1,000 each (freshman-senior in college); 3 high school scholarships for $1,000 each (freshman - senior in high school)
Application Open: September 5, 2014
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
Start Application Process: Apply Now

The Tom Joyner Foundation (College)

The Tom Joyner Foundation (TJF) provides programming initiatives and partnerships in support of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and their communities. TJF believes all students deserve the chance to attend college so they can succeed in life. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin. Student must be a full-time enrolled student at an HBCU in or living in the United States. NOTE: Application process must be submitted on the TJF web site and the guidelines will be on their site.

Scholarship Awards: To be determined by the Tom Joyner Foundation
Application Open: To be determined
Application Deadline: To be determined
Start Application Process: Applications not open

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) (College)

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is the only national educational association representing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). HACU represents more than 400 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, and Spain. Thousands of young Hispanics have benefited from a variety of HACU scholarship opportunities and federal and corporate internships offered through the HACU National Internship Program. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin. Students must be a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate students attending a 2-year or 4-year HACU-member institutions in the United States. Students must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. NOTE: Application process must be submitted on the HACU web site.

Scholarship Awards: 5 college scholarships for $1,000 each
Application Open: January 1, 2015
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
Start Application Process: Applications not open

Magic Johnson Foundation (High School and College)

The Magic Johnson Foundation, founded by Earvin “Magic” Johnson in 1991, works to develop programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin and who live in the United States. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individuals essay submission.

Scholarship Awards: 5 college scholarships for $1,000 each (freshman - senior in college); 3 high scholarships for $1000 each (freshman – senior in high school)
Application Open: September 15, 2014
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
Start Application Process: Apply Now

Magic Johnson Foundation/Denny’s Memorial Scholarships

In partnership with the Magic Johnson Foundation, the Denny’s LA franchise restaurants will be offering a scholarships in memory of Shami Sall, a loved and admired, Sr. Director of Operations of Denny’s. Shami had a helpful spirit and always lived by the creed, “giving a hand up instead of a hand out”. This program will award 2 deserving high school students and 2 deserving college students, $2,500 scholarships each that live in the LA market (U.S. Citizen or legal temporary resident) who have a life story that speaks to Shami’s mantra and personality. Each student will be asked to submit a 300 word essay (high school) and 500 word essay (college) on his or her own life story to apply for the scholarship. One of the requirements is to have two recommendation letters from a community leader, teacher or principal along with a copy of their gpa at the end of their junior year in high school and end of their freshman, sophmore, junior or senior semester in college. Since the student’s name and photograph will be used on the company’s website, the student will need to sign a release for that purpose. Magic Johnson Foundation, founded by Earvin “Magic” Johnson in 1991, works to develop programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin and who live in LA. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individuals essay submission. NOTE: Application process must be submitted on the Magic Johnson Foundation web site at a date to be determined.

Scholarship Awards: Scholarship amunts to be determined
Application Open: To be determined
Application Deadline: To be determined
Start Application Process: Applications not open

Step Up For Students (K-12)

Since 2002, Step Up For Students has offered scholarships for low-income students in grades K-12. The program, which administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, empowers families to choose the best learning environment for their children’s learning needs. Families may choose between a scholarship worth up to $4,880 to help cover private school tuition and fees, or a scholarship up to $500 to assist with transportation costs to attend a public school in another county. (Scholarship amounts for the 2013-14 school year are noted. The amount may increase for 2014-15.) Children who are in foster care or who are homeless may also be eligible. For information on eligibility requirements, please visit stepupforstudents.org. NOTE: Application process must be submitted on the Step Up For Students website. Click Apply Now.

Scholarship Awards: To be determined
Application Open: To be determined
Application Deadline: Scholarships available until funding is exhausted
Start Application Process: Applications not open

AAA Scholarship Foundation (K-12)

AAA Scholarship Foundation provides economic and other assistance to economically disadvantaged families to enable them to select the best schools for their children. All students who are residents of Arizona are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. For more information on eligibility requirements, visit www.aaascholarships.org. NOTE: Application process must be submitted on the AAA Scholarship Foundation web site.

Scholarship Awards: To be determined
Application Open: To be determined
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
Start Application Process: Applications not open

Why did Denny's, Inc. create the Hungry for Education Scholarships?

We created the Denny's Hungry for Education Scholarships to recognize and reward students for their ideas to fight against childhood hunger. As part of that effort, the Hungry for Education scholarship program is an important step in raising awareness and developing creative ways to address hunger while also rewarding students who are thinking of ways to solve this problem. Upon review of the winning applicants’ essays, Denny's will select ideas from the pool of winners to put into actionable plans in the local communities. Denny’s will implement these ideas by working directly with the student scholarship winners to accelerate the fight against childhood hunger. In addition, Denny’s established a memorial scholarships in memory of a Denny’s employee that worked in our LA area. These scholarships will be awarded to students living in the LA area and administered by the Magic Johnson Foundation.

Who is eligible to apply?

Basic scholarship eligibility requirements: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, and be enrolled in an accredited U.S. educational institution. High school and college students must meet GPA level and other requirements set by each organization. Students may apply for one scholarship per program year. If an applicant is under 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Assignment of Rights in order for the student to receive the scholarship award. Scholarship funds must be used for education-related expenses such as tuition or related fees, books, supplies, or equipment required for courses at an accredited post-secondary education institution.

How and when do I apply?

Denny's Hungry for Education Scholarship Program will begin September 5, 2014. Click the organization's logo to learn more about the scholarship before applying. (Note: Tom Joyner Foundation application will be open on a date to be determined later.)

  • Step 1 Go to dennyshungryforeducation.com and select the appropriate link to the category that applies to you (K-12, High School or College). Then select the partner organization through which you wish to apply for the scholarship.
  • Step 2 Complete the Denny’s Rewards form (optional). Upon completion, you will be enrolled as a Denny's Rewards member and will automatically receive a FREE Denny's breakfast coupon on your birthday along with other exclusive offers throughout the year.
  • Step 3 After completing the Denny’s Rewards sign up, click on the specific HFE partner organization that you are applying for the scholarship from in the dropdown menu at the bottom of the page. You then will be redirected to the partner’s web site to complete the application.

How will national Denny's Hungry for Education recipients be notified?

Only winners will be notified by TBD, and a list of all winners will be posted on dennyshungryforeducation.com. For additional information regarding the scholarship program, contact by email at hungryforeducation@dennys.com.

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