Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship

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K-12, High School or College - There are multiple programs available, select the one suitable for you

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 $200,000 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.



  • All applicants must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution (K-12, high school and college) in the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • If an applicant under the age of 18 is selected as a potential HFE Scholarship recipient, in order to be confirmed as a winner, the student's parent or legal guardian must sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Assignment of Rights.
  • Scholarship funds awarded to winners must be used for education such as tuition and related fees, books, supplies, equipment required for courses at an accredited post-secondary education institution.
  • Student must possess a minimum 2.5 GPA (high school and college). NOTE: Each partner organization may have additional requirements. However, GPA level varies.
  • Students in K-12 that are applying to AAA or Step Up will need to meet the low-income requirements from each organization and live in either AZ or FL due to the state laws on tax credit donations.
  • College students that are applying to the Tom Joyner Foundation will need to meet its application and essay requirements, which may differ from others.
  • Students will need to provide a 300-word essay (high school) or 500-word essay (college) on how Denny’s can impact childhood hunger in their communities. (AAA or Step Up organization (K-12) will be asked to submit an essay, however, it is not required)