Aug 14, 2013 12:26 PM by MELISSA CANONE
Two students who attended high school in the Acadiana area were awarded scholarships by the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) to further their culinary and hospitality-related studies at a post-secondary institution. In total, the LRAEF, through its Scholarship Fund, awarded $51,000 in scholarships to 24 students. The students were presented with their awards at the 2013 LRAEF Five Star Futures Gala August 3, 2013 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
The LRAEF Scholarship Fund was created in 2009 to support the continuing education of ProStart® students, industry educators and other students with an interest in culinary and hospitality studies. This financial support allows the recipients to pursue post-secondary education in the culinary or hospitality fields, with the goal of having them select Louisiana's restaurant/hospitality industry as a career choice. Since its inception, the Scholarship Fund has awarded $140,000 to deserving students.
The General Hospitality Scholarship is a scholarship given to students who are currently enrolled or have been accepted in a hospitality or culinary degree seeking program. This year's Acadiana recipients are:
Nicole Biddy, graduate of Gueydan High School, attending Louisiana Culinary Institute
Keiyana Price, graduate of New Iberia Senior High, attending Louisiana Culinary Institute
Top applicant Nicole Biddy is also this year's Jim Funk Scholarship Award Winner. The LRAEF's most prestigious award, the scholarship is named for former LRA President & CEO Jim Funk, who retired in 2010 after 30 years of service. Funk is a LRAEF co-founder and culinary education champion.
"We are so pleased to recognize these students, and thrilled to assist them financially as they pursue a career in a truly outstanding and rewarding industry," said LRAEF Chair Fabian Castillo. "Post-secondary education makes a real difference in a future career. We are all very proud of the recipients and know that their commitment to the foodservice industry will make it that much stronger in the coming years.