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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2013

Scholarships Help Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Students on their Way

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation (WRA EF) recently awarded over $36,000 in scholarships to 31 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:

Natasha Baron
Ryan von Rutenberg Scholarship and
WRA South Central Chapter Scholarship

Culinary Arts at Madison College

Jenna Berg
Culver Family Scholarship
Business Administration at St. Norbert College

Dalton Burke
WRA Eastern Shore Chapter Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu

Chelsea Catania
Apitz / Quinnies Family Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Madison College

Ariana Contreras
American Institute of Wine & Food Scholarship
Culinary Management at Waukesha County Technical College

Maya Cummings
Bernard & Maureen Schreiner Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu

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

Kathleen Dubberstein
Adolf Brettschneider Scholarship
Food Science/Culinary Arts at University of Wisconsin Madison

Allison Edwards
Aderis DeRosa Scholarship
Baking & Pastry at The Art Institute of Milwaukee

Morgan Filter
WRA Madison Chapter Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Robert Morris University

Kelsie Fowler
Heinz and Lisette Fischer Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Robert Morris University

Kaitlyn Hafeman
Society Insurance Scholarship and
Magnificent 7 Scholarship

Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management at University of Wisconsin Stout

Cassandra Igel
Dick Kroening Scholarship
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management at University of Wisconsin Stout

Joanna Kaiser
ACF Chefs of Milwaukee Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College

Brittany Kelly
Ron & Lillian Heuser Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Fox Valley Technical College

Ga Hee Kim
Al Gagliano Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Madison College

Janine Lynaugh
Chaine des Rôtisseurs - Ernst Florsheim Scholarship
Resort Management at Lakeland College

Kathleen Meisinger
WRA Milwaukee Chapter Scholarship
Baking & Pastry at Milwaukee Area Technical College

Erika Mlodzik
WRA Special Services Award
Culinary Arts at Moraine Park Technical College

Irene Pawlisch
Manufacturers’ Agents for the Food Service Industry Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Madison College

Kayla Peir
Alfred Peck Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Moraine Park Technical College

Claire Sanders
Herbert & Nada Mahler Scholarship
Baking & Pastry Arts at CIA

Dana Schueler
Chef Bill Dougherty Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Fox Valley Technical College

Christina Schumer
Kristin Leffel/WRA River Valley Chapter Scholarship
Baking & Pastry at Le Cordon Bleu

Dianna Soma
William & Otto Brakebush Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Madison College

Kyra Stingle
WRA Big Four Chapter Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Fox Valley Technical College

Benjamin Stone
Fred Boelter Scholarship
Culinary Arts at CIA

Brianna Taylor
Miller Brewing Company Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Madison College

Katrina Taylor
WRA Special Services Award
Culinary Arts at Gateway Technical College

Mitch Warga
Herman Leis Scholarship
Culinary Arts at Fox Valley Technical College

Alexis Whitney
WRA West Wisconsin Chapter Scholarship
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism 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 are presented at the 2013 Celebration of Excellence dinner on October 13th.

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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