Press release: ILLINOIS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION TO AWARD $144,500 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO ILLINOIS STUDENTS | The French Pastry School

Press release: ILLINOIS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION TO AWARD $144,500 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO ILLINOIS STUDENTS

ILLINOIS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION TO AWARD $144,500 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO ILLINOIS STUDENTS
Illinois Restaurant Association |
June 18, 2013
Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon Saturday, June 1st at Chase Tower

(Chicago, IL; May 31, 2013) The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF) announced today that it will award $144,500 in scholarships – more than $15,000 more than in 2012 – to students in pursuit of post-secondary education in the Culinary and Hospitality Management fields. The scholars will be honored at an award ceremony at 1:00p.m. during IRAEF’s Annual Scholarship Luncheon held on Saturday, June 1st  at 12:00 p.m. at Chase Tower on the 57th Floor (21 S. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60603). The luncheon is being sponsored by Eurest.

Scholarships were awarded to 61 high school and undergraduate students who will attend 20 colleges and universities throughout the country. 34 students have participated in the national two-year ProStart® program that combines curriculum with work-based learning experiences. 17 Chicago Public Schools students are receiving scholarships totaling $34,750. All of these students represent the future of the foodservice industry. Recognized for their commitment to Culinary or Hospitality Management through their coursework, work experience and other credentials, scholars were selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel of industry experts.

“ProStart® fuses the industry with the classroom to create a unique and unparalleled experience for high school students studying hospitality management and culinary arts. The program ensures that students are work ready and college ready.  We’re excited that so many current and former ProStart students are being honored here today as they pursue a post-secondary education,” said Kathy Summers, Executive Director, Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

“We are thrilled with this year’s scholarship award which is the largest distribution to date,” added Sam Toia, President of the Illinois Restaurant Association. “We are committed to support the next generation of industry leaders and place a significant emphasis in continuing to develop and improve this great program with each coming year.”

About the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is a 501c(3) dedicated to building the Illinois hospitality workforce through career exploration, workforce development programs and scholarships.  

ProStart® is a national school-to-careers program that prepares high school students for careers in foodservice and hospitality management.  ProStart® in Illinois is administered by the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to over 3,000 students at 55 schools in the Chicagoland area.  Students have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials and articulated credits for college while in high school.  The Foundation provides work readiness training and connects students with industry professionals through job shadowing and internships to hone help students their skills in the foodservice industry. The ProStart® program is also offered in 47 states encompassing more than 90,000 high school students in more than 1,700 high schools. For more information, visit www.nraef.org.

About the Illinois Restaurant Association
Founded in 1914, the Illinois Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois. For more information, visit www.illinoisrestaurants.org or the organization’s Facebook and Twitter channels.

About Eurest
The globally recognized Eurest launched in 1996 in the US and provides dining services to local, regional and national companies within the Business & Industry markets, including employee dining centers, on-site catering, vending, executive dining rooms, and other managed services.  Eurest is proud to serve the world’s most respected and successful corporations, including many of the Fortune 500.

Eurest is a $1.3 billion food and vending organization with more than 15,000 associates throughout the US, and is a division of NC-based Compass Group North America. Compass Group North America is part of the world’s largest food service company, Group PLC. The Group operates in more than 50 countries.  Compass Group PLC employs more than 508,000 employees, has annual revenues of $16.9 billion in year ending September 30, 2012, and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.