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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2012

Scholarships Help Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Students on their Way

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation (WRA EF) recently awarded over $35,000 in scholarships to 24 culinary and hospitality management students. Additional funding is provided by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

The WRA EF awards scholarships based on future plans in the foodservice and hospitality industry, academic records, essays and recommendations from employers and instructors. Students interested in applying for a WRA EF Scholarship should visit the WRA website at: www.wirestaurant.org.

This year’s scholarship winners:

Brendon Byrkett
Ada Lara Thimke Scholarship and Kristin Leffel / WRA River Valley Chapter Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Madison College

Ryan Child
Aderis DeRosa Scholarship, Fred Boelter Scholarship and WRA Milwaukee Chapter Scholarship
Hospitality Management at University of Wisconsin Stout

Kathleen Davis
Herman Leis Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Madison College

Allison Edwards
Bernard & Maureen Schreiner Scholarship and Herbert & Nada Mahler Scholarship
Culinary at Art Institute International

Katherine Eisenbrandt
WRA Green Bay Chapter Scholarship
Culinary Arts & Hotel Restaurant Management at Fox Valley
Technical College

Ryan Haase
Al Gagliano Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Moraine Park Technical College

Kaitlyn Hafeman
WRA West Wisconsin Chapter Scholarship
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management at University of Wisconsin Stout

Erica Hall
ACF Chefs of Milwaukee Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Madison College

Lindsey Henslin
Adolf Brettschneider Scholarship
Culinary Management at Western Technical College

Jake Hoffman
Apitz / Quinnies Family Scholarship and Chef Bill Dougherty Scholarship
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management at University of Wisconsin Stout

Kalli Hoffman
William & Otto Brakebush Scholarship
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management at University of Wisconsin Stout

Brittany Jackson
WRA Big Four Chapter Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Fox Valley Technical College

Caryn Kindkeppel
WRA Madison Chapter Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Madison College

Zachary Kovacic
American Institute of Wine & Food Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College

Erick Kujat
WRA Special Services Award
Culinary Arts at Blackhawk Technical College

Hunter Lewis
Dick Kroening Scholarship, Manufactuers’ Agents for the Food Service Industry Scholarship and WRA Eastern Shore Chapter Scholarship
Culinary Arts at New England Culinary Institute

Kayla Myers
Ron & Lillian Heuser Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Nicolet Area Technical College

Shawn Pollack
Society Insurance Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Moraine Park Technical College

Kayla Simonson
Miller Brewing Company Scholarship
Dietetics at Viterbo

Kaytlin Snively
WRA Education Foundation Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Fox Valley Technical College

Carly Stern
Heinz & Lisette Fischer Scholarship
Baking & Pastry Arts at CIA

Travis Syverson
Ernst Florsheim / Chaine des Rotisseurs Scholarship
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management at University of Wisconsin Stout

Emilie Wake
Alfred Peck Scholarship
Baking & Pastry Arts at CIA

David Winger
Culver Family Scholarship
Hospitality Management at University of Wisconsin Stout

“We are fortunate to have so many talented motivated students who have chosen to pursue a career in the foodservice profession,” said Bryan Mowry, Managing Director of the WRA Education Foundation.

Scholarships are made possible by generous contributions of individuals in the foodservice industry. According to Mowry, “The WRA Education Foundation would not be able to award as many scholarships as we do if it were not for the generosity of the individual restaurateurs, organizations and supplier companies that have contributed to the Foundation's Endowment Fund. As a result of their support, we are able to increase the amount of scholarships awarded to deserving students each year.”

Scholarships were presented at the 2012 Celebration of Excellence dinner on October 14th.

Founded in 1987, the WRA EF is among the largest state restaurant association foundations in the nation. The WRA Education Foundation strives to create a promising future for the foodservice industry by raising awareness of foodservice as a professional career path, providing ongoing training and education for foodservice professionals and serving as a state leader on food safety and sanitation.

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The WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the nation’s largest state restaurant association foundations. The Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

The ProStart® program, administered by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC and state restaurant associations, is a college-prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.

 
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