Hungry For Education™

Denny’s Hungry for Education™ Scholarship program empowers students to help drive meaningful change in their communities. View the open scholarships and apply. 

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Providing Education

Denny’s recognizes students by awarding them with scholarships for their ideas to help Denny’s bring communities together.

In an effort to help fight childhood hunger and promote education, Denny’s launched the Hungry for Education™ Scholarship program in 2011, and has since awarded more than $1.8 million in combined scholarships to elementary, high school and college students across the country. Annually in September, Denny's identifies strategic partners to award scholarships to students that submit essays on how Denny's can help bring communities together, and one student is selected by Denny’s to have their idea be put into action in their community.

16,124 Applications Received
502 Scholarships Awarded
26 Non-Profit Partners
$2.1 MM Scholarships Awarded
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Denny's Hungry for Education™ scholarship program recognizes students by awarding them with scholarships for their ideas to help Denny’s unite communities.

2023 National Winner Spotlight

Jayla Thornton

"Denny’s is an establishment that prides itself on fostering community wellness, engagement, and growth. In fulfillment of this mission, Denny’s has partnered with a number of non-profit organizations, as well as led various local community outreach programs, in addition to many internal initiatives. With that, Denny’s strong commitment to building communities of unity appears to be incredibly evident."

Jayla Thornton

Scholarship Community Partners

Denny’s Hungry for Education™ is a scholarship program that recognizes and rewards students who show initiative and creativity in ideas on bringing communities together. The key focus of the Hungry for Education™ Scholarship Program is helping students continue their education while also rewarding students for their desire to make a change. Our valued partners help to make these students dreams happen.

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National LGBT Chamber of Commerce Logo
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Greater Spartanburg Divine Nine logo
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Success Stories

Denny's Hungry for Education winner Jayla Thornton

National Winner Jayla Thornton

Check out past HFE national winner Jayla Thornton talk about her "on the road tour-style" campaign and how the HFE scholarship impacts her mission.
Mary-Pat Hector

National Winner Mary-Pat Hector

Meet Mary-Pat Hector: An HBCU student, an activist and the 2017 recipient of Denny’s Hungry for Education (HFE) scholarship. Watch her story of how she won the scholarship with her Swipe Out Hunger program, where students can donate their unused meal swipes to their peers, and how we featured her in our most recent commercial.