The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) Board of Directors, through its Scholarship Fund, will award $48,000 in scholarships to 20 students. The recipients will be honored at the event, “Serving the Future—Celebrating Careers in Hospitality,” February 26, 2018 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 $438,000 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 is Evan Landry. Landry is a graduate of Denham Springs High School and is attending Nicholls State University. He is a third year recipient of a LRAEF Scholarship award.
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 recipient is:
The LRAEF will also honor its ProStart Educator of Excellence, Amy Dreher of West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville. Dreher 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.
2018 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- Baton Rouge Epicurean Society and Delaware North; Two Diamond- Louisiana Gas Association and One Diamond- Katie’s Restaurant and Patrick J. Gros, CPA. The LRAEF would also like to thank the nine chapters of the LRA for their support throughout the year.
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.