Three St. Tammany Parish Public School System graduates received ProStart scholarships from the Louisiana Restaurant Association's Educational Foundation at a ceremony held in New Orleans last month. A fourth graduate received the General Hospitality Scholarship, which is given to students who are currently enrolled or have been accepted in a hospitality or culinary degree program.
Lakeshore High graduate Sabrina Bodenheimer, Salmen High graduate Kaila Mogg-Stone, and Mandeville High graduate Melissa McGuire all received the LRAEF/NRAEF ProStart scholarships. ProStart is a nationwide, two-year program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow's industry leaders.
From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart's industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation for future success in the hospitality industry. Bodenheimer and McGuire are students at the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University, and Mogg-Stone will attend the Louisiana Culinary Institute.
Scott Kohls of Fontainebleau High's Class of 2012, the general hospitality scholarship recipient, is also a student at Chef Folse culinary institute.
The LRAEF Board of Directors, through its Scholarship Fund, awarded a total of $40,000 in scholarships to 14 students from throughout the state to further their post-secondary culinary educations. The students were presented with their awards at the 2012 LRAEF Five Star Futures Gala event at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
“The LRAEF Board of Directors is thrilled to reward the hard work of these students with funds from our Scholarship Fund,” said LRAEF Chair John Eastman. “We are all very proud of our recipients and know that their commitment to the food service industry will make it much strong in the coming years.”
The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation 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.