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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2010

Scholarships Help Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Students on their Way

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation (WRA EF) recently awarded scholarships to 36 culinary and hospitality management students.

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 are:

Kole Albrect
Herman Leis Scholarship
Blackhawk Technical College - Culinary Arts

Brian Altschwager
Chaine / Florsheim Scholarship
Madison Area Technical College - Culinary Arts

Kimberly Barnes
Manufacturers’ Agents for the Food Service Industry Scholarship -and- Ron & Lillian Heuser Scholarship
University of Wisconsin Stout - Food Systems & Technology

Marissa Bertram
Heinz & Lisette Fischer Scholarship
Madison Area Technical College - Culinary Arts

Kirsten Blyth
Miller Brewing Company Scholarship
University of Wisconsin Stout - Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism

Christopher Brody
Herbert & Nada Mahler Scholarship
Madison Area Technical College - Culinary Arts

Timothy Clement, Jr.
Aderis DeRosa Scholarship
Madison Area Technical College - Culinary Arts

Rebekah Detrie
WRA Milwaukee Chapter Scholarship
Madison Area Technical College - Baking & Pastry Arts

Patrick Driscoll
Al Gagliano Scholarship
Milwaukee Area Technical College - Culinary Arts

Ryan Duebler
WRA West Wisconsin Chapter Scholarship
Western Technical College - Culinary Management

Vladlin Dvorkin
WRA Special Services Award
Waukesha County Technical College - Culinary Management

Hicham Ecbellaj
American Institute of Wine & Food Scholarship
Milwaukee Area Technical College - Hospitality Management

Salema El-Shafei
Adolf Brettschneider Scholarship
Waukesha County Technical College - Hotel & Restaurant Management

Meghan Green
WRA South Central Chapter Scholarship
The French Pastry School

Joseph Grignon
Culver Family Scholarship
Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago - Culinary Management

Kaitlyn Hafeman
WRA EF / NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship
University of Wisconsin Stout - Family & Consumer Science Education

Kaitlin Hale
ACF Chefs of Milwaukee Scholarship -and- WRA EF / NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship
Waukesha County Technical College - Culinary Management

Matthew Hedrick
Bernard & Maureen Schreiner Scholarship -and- Linda Wendt ProStart® Scholarship
Moraine Park Technical College - Culinary Arts

Samuel Heilmeier
Kristin Leffel / WRA River Valley Chapter Scholarship
University of Wisconsin Stout - Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism

Laura Johnson
Chef Bill Dougherty Scholarship
Fox Valley Technical College - Culinary Arts

Susan Karoses
WRA Special Services Award
Moraine Park Technical College - Culinary Arts

Mary Kastman
Society Insurance Scholarship
Madison Area Technical College - Culinary Arts

Erin Larson
Brakebush Bros. Scholarship
University of Wisconsin Stout - Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism

Gee Lee
WRA Eastern Shore Chapter
Kendall College - Culinary Arts

Ashley McCarthy
Herbert & Nada Mahler Scholarship
Art Institute of Chicago - Pastry Arts

Patricia Mettille
Apitz / Quinnies Scholarship
Kendall College - Culinary Arts

Lana Robotewskyj
WRA EF / NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship
Madison Area Technical College - Culinary Arts

Kelli Roessler
Herbert & Nada Mahler Scholarship
University of Wisconsin Stout - Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism

Donald Ruechel
Dick Kroening Scholarship
Fox Valley Technical College - Culinary Arts

Sarah Sawasky
WRA Big Four Chapter Scholarship
University of Wisconsin Stout - Hospitality Management

Roxanne Scheel
Bernard & Maureen Schreiner Scholarship
Moraine Park Technical College - Culinary Arts

Emily Schoofs
WRA EF / NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship
Moraine Park Technical College - Culinary Arts

Matthew Schramer
WRA Madison Chapter Scholarship
Madison Area Technical College - Culinary Arts

Chelssie Steinike
WRA Green Bay Chapter Scholarship
Moraine Park Technical College - Culinary Arts

Joel Stensberg
Alfred Peck Scholarship
Fox Valley Technical College - Culinary Arts

Karli Velenta
Fred Boelter Scholarship
Fox Valley Technical College - Culinary Arts

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

Scholarships are made possible by generous contributions of individuals in the foodservice industry.  According to Quam, “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.”

An awards presentation is planned for October 10th at the 2010 Celebration of Excellence

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 WRA EF 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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