The Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund was established to assist current full-time and part-time employees of hotels and restaurants in federally declared disaster areas (Texas and Louisiana) who suffered financial hardship due to Hurricane Harvey. Employees may request assistance of $2,000 – $5,000. Applications are strictly confidential. Grants made from the fund are gifts, not loans, and are not required to be repaid.
The Foundation will accept up to 100 applications for review. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Amounts awarded will be based on the amount available in the Fund.
The Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund accepts only electronic application submissions through the Foundation’s online portal. The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s technology partner, Foundant, has created a brief tutorial for applicants that may be viewed here. Proposals that are not submitted electronically will not be considered.
Click here to apply.
Calling all Louisiana ProStart Students: Rachael Ray and her Yum-o! organization, longtime supporters of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), through her show are offering scholarships to 4 high school juniors and seniors who are passionate about pursuing their dreams in culinary arts and restaurant management with her new contest, “Cook Your Way to Culinary School.”
The grand prize winner will receive up to $25,000 for tuition and other qualified expenses, as well as an assortment of Rachael Ray cookware. Three runners-up will receive a $5,000 scholarship and Rachael Ray merchandise.
“Yum-o! ® has three parts to its organization: Cook, feed and fund,” Ray explained while announcing the contest. “We fund education with the help of our wonderful partners of over a decade, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. They help us give scholarships to deserving kids.”
The distribution and administration of the scholarship prizes provided by Rachael’s Yum-o! ® Organization will be coordinated with assistance from the NRAEF. The Foundation is dedicated to training and advancing the next generation of culinary leaders. One of the NRAEF’s largest programs is ProStart ®, a nationwide high school career and technical education program uniting the classroom and restaurant industry. 140,000 students are currently enrolled in the program, which is offered in more than 1,800 high schools in all 50 states. The Louisiana ProStart program is currently in 56 schools with about 1,100 students.
“This is a great opportunity for students to take a step out of the classroom and explore what the hospitality industry can offer as a profession,” says Rachel Bolotte, LRAEF ProStart Coordinator. “Learning such a necessary skill in life and turning that into a career is a wonderful achievement.”
To enter, students must submit a video of themselves preparing an original recipe and an explanation of why they think they should win. The contest closes on Monday, December 4, 2017.
For a chance to win and an overview of the contest rules, visit www.rachaelrayshow.com/scholarshipcontest. To learn more about the LRAEF visit www.LRAEF.org.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) is pleased to announce it has elected four new members to its Board of Directors, which oversees the mission and goals of the LRAEF. They will assume their new roles January 1, 2018, each for a two-year term.
The LRAEF Board of Directors’ four new members are:
New officers for the 2018 LRAEF Board are:
The LRAEF, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1995 and is governed by a board of directors made up of restaurants, industry experts and educators in the hospitality industry.
The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing LRAEF programs, including ProStart® and the LRAEF Scholarship Fund. ProStart is a nationwide, two-year program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s industry leaders. The Board of Directors also awards LRAEF scholarships annually to students pursuing a culinary education. Since 2010, the LRAEF Scholarship Fund has awarded nearly $400,000.
“As we start a new year, the LRAEF is thrilled to have these new directors who bring great passion and experience to our Board of Directors,” said LRAEF Executive Director Alison Greffenius.
The LRAEF is grateful to the nine LRA chapters who support its mission throughout the year and the LRAEF’s annual partners: 5 Diamond—Acme Oyster House, Auto-Chlor System, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Louisiana Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers; 4 Diamond—Performance Foodservice-Caro; 3 Diamond—Atmos Energy, Baton Rouge Epicurean Society, Ben E. Keith Co., Delaware North, Ecolab and Louisiana Culinary Institute; 2 Diamond—Louisiana Gas Association and 1 Diamond—Capitol City Produce.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program for students entering college or already working in the industry to pursue careers in the culinary and hospitality industries. The application deadline is December 31, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be announced in early February 2018.
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. With the 2018 grants, the LRAEF will have awarded approximately $440,000 since the Fund’s inception.
“The dollars that fund our LRAEF scholarships are generated by LRA members and chapters from around Louisiana who encourage interested students to apply,” noted LRAEF President & CEO Stan Harris.
Applicants must be currently enrolled, or accepted in a bachelor and/or associate degree program in order to pursue or further a career in the restaurant or hospitality industry. Courses of study can include, but are not limited to culinary, hospitality, tourism, business and management programs. Scholarship awards are merit-based and will vary based on available funds.
The following scholarships will be awarded in 2018:
The online application can be accessed HERE and must be completed by December 31, 2017.
“The LRAEF Scholarship program is a key part of our mission of education and promotion of career opportunities, especially in the culinary and hospitality industries,” said LRAEF Executive Director Alison Greffenius. “These industries provide great training for young people, as well as a path to economic advancement.”
The LRAEF, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, exists to enhance the industry’s service to the public through education, promotion of career opportunities and community engagement. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Alison Greffenius, email@example.com or (504) 210-2505.
The LRAEF is grateful to its annual partners: 5 Diamond—Acme Oyster House, Auto-Chlor System, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Louisiana Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers; 4 Diamond—Performance Foodservice-Caro; 3 Diamond—Atmos Energy, Baton Rouge Epicurean Society, Ben E. Keith Co., Delaware North, Ecolab and Louisiana Culinary Institute; 2 Diamond—Louisiana Gas Association and 1 Diamond—Capitol City Produce.