RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS: The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation awarded $61,000 in scholarships to 30 students during the Five Star Futures Gala Aug. 2 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

The LRAEF/NRAEF ProStart Scholarship is awarded to students who have received the ProStart Certificate of Achievement.

ProStart is a two-year, culinary management program for high school juniors and seniors with a curriculum designed to teach students culinary techniques as well as restaurant management skills. This year’s 15 scholarship recipients include the following local students:

  • Jessica Foret, graduate of Grace King High School, attending Delgado Community College.
  • Peyton Leffingwell, graduate of Destrehan High School/St. Charles Satellite Center, attending Louisiana Culinary Institute (second-year recipient).
  • Sadie Poche, graduate of Lutcher High School/St. James Career Center, attending the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University.

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 15 recipients include the following local students:

  • Lindsey Carroll, graduate of Lutheran High School of Greater New Orleans, attending the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University.
  • Rachel DeFelice, graduate of Grace King High School, attending the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University.
  • April Lee, graduate of East St. John High School, attending the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University (second-year recipient).
  • Nicole Washington, graduate of Ursuline Academy, attending Louisiana Culinary Institute.