Restaurant association offers culinary/hospitality scholarships

The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation, through its LRAEF Scholarship Fund, is accepting applications for its two scholarships — the LRAEF General Hospitality Scholarship and the LRAEF-National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (Co-Branded Scholarship.

The LRAEF Scholarship Fund was created in 2009 to provide an opportunity to further educate ProStart students, culinary/hospitality students, industry employees and educators by giving financial support via scholarship funds with hopes that the recipients select the culinary and/or hospitality fields as a career choice or continue to work in the industry.

This fund will allow recipients access to post-secondary education in the culinary and/or hospitality fields or special certificate programs for educators or industry professionals.

The scholarships are awarded for one-time financial assistance.

General Hospitality Scholarship applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted in a hospitality or culinary degree seeking program such as bachelor and/or associate.

The purpose is to provide an opportunity to educate students with hopes that the recipients select the culinary and/or hospitality fields as a career choice. Scholarship awards may vary based on available funds and are merit based.

LRAEF-NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted in a hospitality or culinary degree seeking program such as bachelor and/or associate. They must also be currently enrolled as a ProStart student or have completed the ProStart Program. Scholarship awards may vary based on available funds and are merit based.

Available for download at www.LRA.org, both applications must be completed and postmarked by June 8 to be eligible.

In 2011, $40,000 in scholarships was awarded to 12 Louisiana students to further their post-secondary culinary education.

“The LRAEF is proud to offer monetary assistance to students both beginning and furthering their education in the culinary and general hospitality fields,” said Alice Glenn, LRAEF executive director.

“Louisiana is on pace to add 17,400 new industry positions by 2022.

Our goal is to continue attracting young people to restaurant careers and providing merit-based financial assistance whenever possible.”

The mission of the LRAEF, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, is to promote the industry as a career choice to our current and future workforce, offer scholarships and professional development.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the scholarship fund should contact Alice Glenn, aglenn@lra.org or 504-454-2277, ext. 565.

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