The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) Board of Directors, through its Scholarship Fund, awarded $52,500 in scholarships to 24 individuals on Thursday, March 21 during the “Serving the Future—Celebrating Careers in Hospitality” event at Generations Hall in New Orleans.
The LRA Board Fund Scholarship is presented to students who intend to pursue a career in the restaurant, foodservice, tourism or hospitality industry. This Fund is supported through a generous annual donation by the LRA Board of Directors.
Elizabeth “Anne” Cummins received one of the LRA Board Fund Scholarships for 2019. This was her third time receiving the scholarship. She is a junior Hospitality Management and Tourism student at Northwestern State University and a graduate of Glenbrook School in Minden. Cummins works as a travel counselor at the Natchitoches Welcome Center, located on Front Street in Natchitoches.
Other recipients include:
Sara Baiamonte, graduate of Hammond High Magnet, attending Nicholls State University. (second year recipient)
Blane Coley, graduate of West Feliciana High School, attending Nicholls State University (second year recipient)
Claire LeBlanc, graduate of Fontainebleau High School, attending Nicholls State University. (third year recipient)
Jason Stant, graduate of Brother Martin High School, attending University of Louisiana at Lafayette.(second year recipient)
Jenna Duryea, graduate of Lakeshore High School, attending Nicholls State University. (third year recipient)
Janesa Buras, graduate of Fontainebleau High School, attending Nicholls State University. (second year recipient)
Taylor Mattox, graduate of West Feliciana High School, attending Nicholls State University. (second year recipient)
Mary Poirier, graduate of Archbishop Chapelle High School, attending University of Louisiana at Lafayette(fourth year recipient)
Misty White, graduate of Louisiana Community and Technical College System, attending Louisiana Culinary Institute. White graduated high school in 2003 and went off to have a career in both real estate and the oil and gas industry. She came back to school to obtain her Associate in Occupational Science in Culinary Arts and hopes to return to her hometown of Independence, Louisiana after graduation to support her family and the foodservice industry.
Kiersten Wegmann, graduate of Chalmette High School, attending Nicholls State University (fourth year recipient)
“Recognizing these students for their hard work and dedication is the most rewarding part of my role as Chair of the LRA Education Foundation,” said Rocky Weigand, 2019 LRAEF Chair and Division Director Gulf States-La/Ms for Coca-Cola Bottling Company-United. “These scholarships will help these recipients become leaders and innovators in the restaurant and hospitality industry.”
The LRAEF Scholarship Fund was created in 2009 to provide financial support for individuals interested in furthering their education to support a career in the culinary, hospitality, or related industries. Since its inception, the Scholarship Fund has awarded nearly $500,000 to deserving students.