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LRA Education Foundation Offers $60,000 in Hospitality Scholarships


February 27, 2014

Media contact:

Erica Papillion Burns
(504) 454-2277, ext. 569

LRA Education Foundation Offers $60,000 in Hospitality Scholarships

Scholarship Fund to aid students for fourth consecutive year

Metairie, LA- The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF), through its LRAEF Scholarship Fund, is now accepting applications through April 25, 2014.


The LRAEF Scholarship Fund was created in 2009 to provide an opportunity to further educate ProStart® students, culinary/hospitality students, industry employees and educators.  By providing financial support via scholarship funds, recipients are encouraged to select the culinary and/or hospitality fields as a career choice, or to further their career in the industry. With this year's awards included, the LRAEF Scholarship Fund has gifted $200,000 to eligible students since its inception.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in or accepted to a degree-seeking program related to the hospitality or culinary industries. Scholarship awards may vary based on available funds and are merit-based.  Applicants who have completed ProStart will be eligible for the LRAEF-National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) Co-Branded Scholarship. All others will be eligible for the LRAEF General Hospitality Scholarship. 


The top applicant will receive the Jim Funk Scholarship Award. 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.


Available for download at, the application must be completed and postmarked by Friday, April 25, 2014.


"The LRAEF is proud to offer monetary assistance to students both beginning and furthering their education in the culinary and hospitality fields," said LRAEF Executive Director Alice Glenn. "Louisiana is on pace to add a minimum of 17,000 new industry positions over the next 10 years. Our goal is to support young people by providing merit-based financial assistance as they prepare for the many lucrative restaurant careers in Louisiana."


The LRAEF, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, exists to enhance the restaurant community through expanded educational and career opportunities, the formation of strategic partnerships and the elevation of professional standards and practices. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Alice Glenn, or (504) 454-2277, ext. 565.


The LRAEF is grateful to its 2014 annual partners: 5 Diamond-Acme Oyster House, Auto-Chlor Services, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and Louisiana Seafood; 4 Diamond-Performance Foodservice-Caro; 3 Diamond-Atmos Energy, Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Louisiana Culinary Institute, New Orleans Wine & Food Experience and Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers; 2 Diamond-Louisiana Gas Association, Whole Foods Market and Chef Paul Prudhomme's "Sea of Hope"; and 1 Diamond-Entergy.




ProStart is a registered trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.


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. ProStart is in 45 high schools statewide and nearly 1,500 students participate in the program.  


As the philanthropic foundation of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, the LRA Education Foundation exists to enhance our community through expanded educational and career opportunities, the formation of strategic partnerships and the elevation of our professional standards and practices.


The Louisiana Restaurant Association is one of the largest business organizations in the state, representing restaurant operations and related businesses. The restaurant industry in Louisiana is one the state's largest private employer, providing jobs to nearly 200,000 residents. Restaurants in Louisiana are expected to generate sales of $7 billion in 2014. Get up-to-date news about the LRA and the restaurant industry from