The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) Board of Directors, through its Scholarship Fund, will award $52,500 in scholarships to 24 individuals. These LRAEF Scholars will be honored at the event, “Serving the Future—Celebrating Careers in Hospitality,” March 21, 2019, at Generations Hall in New Orleans.
The LRAEF Scholarship Fund was created in 2009 to provide financial support for individuals interested in furthering their education to support a career in the culinary, hospitality, or related industries. Since its inception, the Scholarship Fund has awarded nearly $500,000 to deserving students.
The LRAEF’s most prestigious award, the Jim Funk Scholarship, is named for the former LRA President & CEO who guided the creation of the LRAEF during his 30 years with the organization. This year’s scholar of the Jim Funk Scholarship is Dustin Rockwell. Rockwell graduated from Slidell High School in 1998 and now attends Nicholls State University where he majors in culinary arts. He is a second year recipient of an LRAEF Scholarship award.
Rockwell returned to school to achieve a better understanding of how to operate a successful café. He hopes to travel to Institut Paul Bocuse in France for his senior internship to broaden his horizons and pick up new skills.
The LRAEF ProStart® Scholarship is presented to students who have or will receive the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement. This year’s scholars are:
The LRA Board Fund Scholarship is presented to students who intend to pursue a career in the restaurant, foodservice, tourism or hospitality industry. This Fund is supported through a generous annual donation by the LRA Board of Directors. This year’s scholars are:
The Louisiana Seafood Scholarship was established through a generous gift from the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. This is awarded to qualified applicants who show an interest in cultivating, protecting and promoting Louisiana seafood. This year’s scholar is:
The LRAEF will also honor its ProStart Educator of Excellence, Elena Hodges of Chalmette High School in Chalmette. Hodges will also be recognized in May, along with her counterparts from across the country, at the National Restaurant Association’s Educator of Excellence Awards in Chicago, for her exemplary dedication to the ProStart program.
The LRAEF wishes to recognize the financial support of our Annual Partners: Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Auto Chlor System, Acme Oyster House, National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, Louisiana Restaurant Association, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Baton Rouge Epicurean Society, Performance Food Group, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Fore!Kids Foundation, TABASCO®, PJ's Coffee, B&G Food Enterprises and Sysco.