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Charlie Trotter Foundation Awarding Scholarships with Illinois Restaurant Association

The need-based awards aim to help low-income students.

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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Chicago culinary legend Charlie Trotter would tell his wife that he struggled in school. But he also wanted to ensure everyone had educational opportunities, and that's one of the reasons Rochelle Trotter today announced an agreement with the Illinois Restaurant Association to award scholarships to students from low-income backgrounds. The donation from Charlie Trotter's Education Foundation could max out to $125,000 over the next five years, according to Crain's.

Ten need-based students will receive scholarships annually, and Trotter and the IRA have a five-year agreement. The first scholarships will be awarded in March, and students enrolled in trade or culinary schools, as well as four-year colleges are eligible.

Recipients can apply up to four times for the $2,500-a-year scholarships, meaning that can receive a max of $10,000. Full details of the application process haven't been shared with the public just yet.