GRG – R.I.S.E. (Restaurant Industry Scholarship Endowment) awarded two $2,500 scholarships to current, eligible employees or to a child or legal dependent of a current employee. Here are this year’s GRG R.I.S.E recipients.

The GRG scholarship awarded to me means that I can attend St. Catherine University in St. Paul Minnesota to receive my nursing degree and graduate debt-free. The opportunity that this scholarship presents to me is the freedom to not only enjoy my education without impending costs that burden so many but also will allow me to pursue my dreams after graduation. I hope for the opportunity to work with humanitarian organizations across the globe after I graduate, enabling me to put my education to use in areas I’m impassioned by, as opposed to finding less rewarding work that simply pays off my degree.

Eloise McKeon

Thank you GRG for giving me this scholarship. This scholarship means a lot to me because it gives me the opportunity to meet my academic objectives and my goals.

Enrique Callejas Santo


I was jumping and screaming with excitement when I found out that I was selected to be the recipient of the 2022 GRG R.I.S.E. Scholarship for Montana. This scholarship will help me in many ways but the biggest goal it will help me achieve is becoming a first-generation college graduate. Being the recipient of the 2022 RISE Scholarship will allow continuous support through the rigorous Montana Tech Nursing Program. I have many goals for my future and receiving this scholarship will bring me one step closer to achieving these goals. Thank you for investing in my future.

Connor Stanghill

I am extremely appreciative of the hard work that goes into making this scholarship opportunity available. In a world that presents different challenges each day, this scholarship facilitated a worry-free place to look towards. Focusing on studying and mastering new skills, rather than worrying about money, creates a feeling of gratitude that I cannot describe. My 18 years at Max & Erma’s Cranberry/Mars have given me the opportunity to grow as a person but also hone my “people skills.” The R.I.S.E Scholarship has funded many miles of driving to campus and clinical sites, many hours of reading, an endless supply of adaptive quizzing, fancy “student nurse” scrubs, and if I get lucky, a few hours of free time. 

Haley Wiles


I was beyond excited to find out I was a recipient of the GRG R.I.S.E. scholarship. This scholarship gave me the chance to pursue the academic and athletic goals I have always dreamed of! I will be attending Baldwin Wallace University to major in speech-language pathology while running at a collegiate level.

Maura Devine

I’ve been working at Mackenzie River since I moved to Las Vegas 2 years ago. From the start, I have been provided with numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth, and I am eternally grateful. This scholarship will help me with books and supplies as I complete my degree in Psychology and Creative Writing from UNLV. My degree will assist in my journey towards helping others struggling with mental illness and food insecurity.

Jessica Cotta


I would like to extend a huge thank you for awarding me the GRG Rise Scholarship. Academics mean a lot to me, and this scholarship goes a long way towards funding my dream school’s tuition. I will be attending Macalester College in the Twin Cities, get a top notch education and play collegiate soccer as well. I very much admire your organization not only as an employer, but also giving opportunities to kids in the area.

Sam Menicke

I have worked for Max and Erma’s for three years now. Working for this company has not only helped me grow as person but also has helped me continue my studies at Lehigh University through awarding me the GRG Rise Scholarship. Their support helps me every day and inspires me to stay focused on my degree. This endowment will be used to help pay tuition and other college fees as I work towards a degree in bioengineering. 

Anna Edmundson


I was thrilled to learn that I had been selected as a recipient of the GRG R.I.S.E. Scholarship. I plan to use the scholarship to help pay for nursing school. This will allow me to focus on my academic goals without worrying about how I am going to finance them. I am incredibly grateful for the generous support of Glacier Restaurant Group.

Vanessa Robertson

Receiving this scholarship means so much to me I am paying for college by myself and this helped cover tuition and books. I am very appreciative!

Karli Douglass

Receiving this scholarship takes away some of the worries and burdens about college and allows me to focus on what really matters: furthering my education to hopefully make a difference in the world someday. The GRG R.I.S.E. Scholarship will be used to help pay tuition and student fees at Lehigh University where I will be studying Bioengineering.

Anna Edmundson



This scholarship means that I am one step closer to achieving my long term goal of learning about and finding solutions to environmental issues. The scholarship will be used to ease the financial burden of continuing my college education at Princeton University. 

Barrett Gray

This scholarship means so much to me and my family. It has always been my dream to be in our nation’s capital helping to better understand international conflicts and how we can build towards negotiating peace. The GRG R.I.S.E. Scholarship gives me the ability to take on valuable internships, research experience, and study abroad opportunities relevant to my studies. With the help of the GRG R.I.S.E. Scholarship, I can put all my focus and energy into furthering my education and setting out a path for myself to achieve my goals. Thank you Glacier Restaurant Group for recognizing my passion and drive, and helping me to pursue higher education and make my dreams a reality. 

Nicole Sharkey

Because of GRG R.I.S.E. I am now better able to implement STEM Education throughout schools in Erie county during field work and student teaching.  This scholarship will be used to purchase authentic and engaging materials that I will use as an aspiring future educator.

Julia Schmidt

A little help goes a long way, and every bit of help contributes to making my dreams as a future surgical team member a reality. I am incredibly thankful to receive the GRG – R.I.S.E scholarship as I continue my education in the Surgical Technology program at Missoula College through the University of Montana as a second-year student this upcoming fall. This financial help will be utilized for tuition as I moved from Washington to Montana at the end of January specifically for the Surgical Technology program and will be paying out of state tuition this next year. I greatly appreciate receiving this GRG scholarship for my final year of college, and I intend to perform my very best during clinicals in the 125 surgeries I will be participating in before graduation in May 2019.

Danielle "Petey" Pace


 The Folded Flag Foundation’s

mission is to provide

scholarships and support

grants to the spouses and

children of the United States

military and government

personnel who died as a

result of hostile action or in

an accident related to U.S.

combat operations.

Glacier Restaurant Group (GRG) formed in 2007, resulting in the largest Montana-based restaurant company. GRG’s portfolio of high quality restaurants concepts, while different in design, ambiance and offerings, all share the common commitment to provide distinctive and memorable dining experiences for guests. Concepts located across the United States include MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub, Max & Erma’s, Ciao Mambo, Craggy Range Bar & Grill and Latitude 48. Strong brand loyalty and a successful business model optimizes us for growth through franchising and corporate expansion. With over 2,000 employees, the GRG culture is one of high energy, vibrancy and excitement. We foster an inspiring work environment and invest in our employees, franchisees and the local communities served. The GRG central office performs company-wide operational and administrative functions such as accounting, payroll, human resources, marketing and brand management.


We are determined to be an active and contributing member to the communities that have embraced our restaurants. We are sincerely committed to seeking and securing continued partnerships with organizations that share our community-centered values.

We Are Proud Partners of Round It Up America

Founded by leaders in the restaurant industry, Round It Up America® (RIUA) is a non-profit organization that strives to make change across America through a simple, yet powerful charitable giving program. When closing your credit card bill at many of our GRG restaurants guests can simply round up to the nearest dollar or write in any donation amount to easily make a donation to these deserving charities.

  • Feeding America: The Feeding America network is meeting the needs of families across the country and helping them find the strength to move forward and flourish. Every dollar donated to Feeding America helps distribute ten meals to our neighbors facing hunger.
  • The Folded Flag Foundation: The Folded Flag Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarships and support grants to the spouses and children of the United States military and government personnel who died as a result of hostile action or in an accident related to U.S. combat operations.
  • GRG R.I.S.E: The GRG R.I.S.E. (restaurant industry scholarship endowment) program assists employees with their next step in higher education. Whether their journey continues in the restaurant industry or leads to a new career, scholarships will contribute to their betterment.
  • Housing Whitefish (Whitefish, Montana locations only) : Housing Whitefish advocates, promotes, and plans for the long term supply of homes that people can afford, regardless of economic status. As the community grows, their vision is to maintain the spirit of Whitefish while strengthening the community and fulfilling the ongoing demand for affordable housing.


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