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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2011

Scholarships Help Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Students on their Way

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation (WRA EF) recently awarded nearly $44,000 in 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:

Kole Albrecht
Herman Leis Scholarship
Blackhawk Technical College - Culinary Arts

Kayleigh Apel
William & Otto Brakebush Scholarship
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management - University of Wisconsin Stout

Teal Armagost
Manufacturers’ Agents for the Food Service Industry Scholarship
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management - University of Wisconsin Stout

Nyanyika Banda
Apitz / Quinnies Family Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Madison Area Technical College

Marissa Bertram
WRA EF / NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Madison Area Technical College

Annamarie Boyd
WRA Green Bay Chapter Scholarship
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management - University of Wisconsin Stout

Patrick Conley
Chaine / Florsheim Scholarship
Culinary Management - Waukesha County Technical College

Kathleen Davis
WRA South Central Chapter / NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Madison Area Technical College

Salema El-Shafei
Fred Boelter Scholarship
Hotel/Restaurant Management - Waukesha County Technical College

Erin Green
Kristin Leffel / WRA River Valley Chapter Scholarship
Patisserie & Baking - Le Cordon Bleu

Katrina Griesenhofer
Adolf Brettschneider Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Milwaukee Area Technical College

Kimberly Griesenhofer
ACF Chefs of Milwaukee Scholarship
Baking & Pastry Arts - Milwaukee Area Technical College

Alex Grzendzielewski
WRA Special Services Award
Food Production - Waukesha County Technical College

Kaitlyn Hafeman
WRA EF / NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management - University of Wisconsin Stout

Kalli Hoffman
Bernard & Maureen Schreiner Scholarship
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management - University of Wisconsin Stout

Timothy Hopkins
WRA Big Four Chapter Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Fox Valley Technical College

Laura Johnson
Society Insurance Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Fox Valley Technical College

Megan Kucharik
American Institute of Wine & Food Scholarship
Culinary Management - Waukesha County Technical College

Chong Lee
WRA Wisconsin River Valley Chapter Scholarship
Dietetics - University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

Tyler Long
WRA EF / NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship
Baking & Pastry Arts - Milwaukee Area Technical College

Lee McClendon IV
Aderis DeRosa Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Moraine Park Technical College

Tanner Miller
WRA Eastern Shore Scholarship
Hotel & Restaurant Management - Fox Valley Technical College

Kayla Myers
Heinz & Lisette Fischer Scholarship
Culinary Arts/Baking & Pastry Arts - Nicolet Area Technical College

Sandra Purnell
Culver Family Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Madison Area Technical College

Tony Reisem
WRA Special Services Award
Culinary Arts - Blackhawk Technical College

Howard Schleef
Al Gagliano Scholarship
Culinary Management - Waukesha County Technical College

Zachary Schoenborn
WRA Milwaukee Chapter Scholarship
Culinary Arts & Food Service Management - Johnson and Wales Culinary Institute Miami

Gina Schomaker
Ron & Lillian Heuser Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Fox Valley Technical College

Raine Steicher
WRA Madison Chapter Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Madison Area Technical College

Joel Stensberg
Dick Kroening Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Fox Valley Technical College

Carly Stern
WRA EF / NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship
Baking & Pastry Arts BPS - Culinary Institute of America

Travis Syverson
Herbert & Nada Mahler Scholarship
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management - University of Wisconsin Stout

Breanna Thomson
WRA West Wisconsin Chapter Scholarship
Hotel & Restaurant Management - Chippewa Valley Technical College

Eric Williamson
Alfred Peck Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Fox Valley Technical College

PaNtau Yang
WRA EF / NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Le Cordon Bleu

Haley Yarbrough Gammon
Chef Bill Dougherty Scholarship
Culinary Arts - Moraine Park Technical College

“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.”

Scholarships were presented at the 2011 Celebration of Excellence dinner on October 9th.

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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