The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation Board of Directors, through its Scholarship Fund, awarded $70,000 in scholarships to 33 students.

Three Tangipahoa Parish students were among the scholarship winners.

The recipients will be honored Aug. 8 at the 2015 LRAEF Five Star Futures Gala at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

Lauren Fendlason, a graduate of Hammond High Magnet School, attending the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University, will receive the ProStart scholarship for the third time.

Louisiana Culinary Institute students Savannah Hall, a graduate of Ponchatoula High School, and Edna Phares, a graduate of Hammond High Magnet School, will be among the ProStart recipients.

The LRAEF Scholarship Fund was created in 2009 to support the educational future of ProStart students, industry educators and other students with an interest in restaurant and hospitality studies.

This program allows the recipients to pursue post-secondary education with the goal of having them consider those fields as a career choice. Since its inception, the Scholarship Fund has awarded $270,000 to deserving students, a news release said.

The LRAEF/NRAEF ProStart Scholarship is presented to students who have or will receive the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement.

ProStart is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders, the release said. ProStart is in 50 high schools statewide, and more than 1,200 students participate in the program.

The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation exists to enhance the industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities, the release said.