Student Spotlight: NRAEF Supply Chain Scholarship Recipient Carl Hay


The National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Expert Exchange, in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, created a scholarship to help develop the next generation of Supply Chain leaders in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Goals of the 2020 program were as follows:

  • Attract foodservice focused students to careers and organizations related to industry Supply Chain Management
  • Empower individuals invested in restaurants and foodservice through financial and programmatic support
  • Advance skills and retention of current industry professionals to support retention

These scholarships are available to undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to foodservice and the restaurant industry who express a deep interest in supply chain management.

A total of eight $5,000 scholarship and one $1,000 scholarship were recently awarded and we are featuring each of them individually.

NRAEF Supply Chain Scholarship Recipient Carl Hay

Home: Houston, Texas

Class Status Fall 2020: College Senior

College: University of Houston

Major/Field of Study: Supply Chain Management and Operations

Years Working in Restaurant Industry: 14

Longest Restaurant Employer: Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Award Amount: $5,000

What are your plans in the industry? With this scholarship, I'd like to spend more time studying and less time waiting tables. I'd like to find time to volunteer in my community and eventually work in a food distribution center. I love people and especially people that work in food service. I want to stay in this industry but transition to a different facet of it.

Quote: From my education, I'd like to encourage employees to have more respect for themselves and their occupation. I think too many people see the industry as a temporary thing. Also, I think it's too easy sometimes to let negativity influence the way you see the world and the people around you. Easily the best part of food and hospitality is the people.

Author: Supply Chain Scene