The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) Board of Directors, through its Scholarship Fund, will award $57,000 in scholarships to 34 students. The recipients will be honored at the event, “Serving the Future—Celebrating Careers in Hospitality,” March 30, 2017 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 $390,000 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 recipient of the Jim Funk Scholarship for the third consecutive year is Kerry Ford. Ford is a graduate of Destrehan High School/St. Charles Satellite Center and is attending the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University.
The LRAEF ProStart® Scholarship is presented to students who have or will receive the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement. This year’s recipients 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 recipients are:
The LRA Cenla Chapter Scholarship is provided to students residing in central Louisiana who are pursuing a career in the culinary or hospitality industry. It was established in 2015 with a generous contribution from the LRA Cenla Chapter. The recipients are:
The Louisiana Seafood Scholarship is awarded annually to qualified applicants who show an interest in cultivating, protecting and promoting Louisiana Seafood. The scholarship was established in 2013 through a partnership with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board. This year’s recipients are:
“The best part of my role as Chair of the LRA Education Foundation is having the opportunity to recognize students for their hard work,” said LRAEF Chair Peter Sclafani. “I have no doubt that these scholarships will help our 34 recipients to become leaders and innovators in the restaurant and hospitality industry.”
The LRAEF will also honor its ProStart Educator of Excellence, Steven Oubre of Woodlawn High School. Oubre will also be recognized in May, along with his counterparts from across the country, at the National Restaurant Association’s Educator of Excellence Awards in Chicago, for their exemplary dedication to the ProStart program.
2017 LRAEF Annual Partners: Five Diamond- Acme Oyster House, Auto-Chlor Services, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Louisiana Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers; Four Diamond- Performance Foodservice- Caro; Three Diamond- Atmos Energy, Baton Rouge Epicurean Society, Ben E. Keith, Delaware North, Ecolab and Louisiana Culinary Institute; Two Diamond- Besh Restaurant Group and Louisiana Gas Association and One Diamond-Capitol City Produce. The LRAEF would also like to thank the nine chapters of the LRA for their support throughout the year.