The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation will award $70,000 in scholarships to 33 students, who will be honored at the 2015 LRAEF Five Star Futures Gala Aug. 8 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

The LRAEF Scholarship Fund was created in 2009 to allow students interested in careers in the restaurant and hospitality industries to pursue post-secondary education.

The LRAEF/NRAEF ProStart Scholarship is presented to students who have or will receive the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement. ProStart is a two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. Local recipients are:

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

The LRA Culinary and Hospitality Leadership Scholarship is presented to students who are enrolled or have been accepted in a hospitality or culinary degree program. Local recipients are:

  • Veronica Bruno, a graduate of Mount Carmel Academy, attending University of New Orleans
  • JoAnna Euraque, a graduate of East Jefferson High School, attending Louisiana Culinary Institute
  • Chayil Johnson, a graduate of A Beka Academy / New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, attending Johnson & Wales University
  • April Lee, a graduate of East St. John High School, attending the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University (third-year recipient)
  • LaTasha Pierre, a graduate of Warren Easton Fundamental Senior High School, attending Louisiana Culinary Institute
  • The Louisiana Seafood Scholarship went to Rachel DeFelice, a graduate of Grace King High School, who is attending the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University

The LRAEF’s most prestigious award, the Jim Funk Scholarship, went to Kerry Ford, a graduate of Destrehan High School / St. Charles Satellite Center, who will be attending the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University.