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2004-2005 EdFound Scholarship Recipients
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2004 - 2005 IRA Educational Foundation Scholarship Recipients


Yadira Abarca, College of DuPage
College of DuPage/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"The feature that I most liked with the foodservice industry is that it is very active and connected with people. I like to...see the happy faces of people when they are recieving...service."

Carmen Borsdorf, Orlando Culinary Academy
Gary Wales Memorial/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"There is so much to learn and so many different avenues in the culinary field. I'm excited and determined to be an excellent cook..."

Clevel Burton, Washburne Culinary Institute
Washburne Culinary Institute/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"I hope to...one day be that chef in the restaurant industry that inspires a future generation of chefs."

Madeline Cabrera, Lexington College
Lexington College/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship*, $2600
"This scholarship will help me to reach my career goal of becoming an executive chef in the foodservice and hospitality industry. I am so thankful for this award that will help me to pursue my career."

Rocky Choi, Harper College
Gary Wales Memorial/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"This scholarship will help me concentrate and dedicate myself to my dreams and goals."

Heather Cornell, Western Illinois University
Alvin D. Rose -- Tastee Freez/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"...every day provides a unique experience and a chance for more customer contact. I love the idea that in the ever-changing restaurant industry, you will never have the same exact experience twice."

Melanie Curtis, Joliet Junior College
Joliet Junior College/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"I know I have to let the world see and experience the best of my skills and talents as a chef and as an excellent businesswoman."

Eric Delgado, Kendall College
McHenry County Chapter of the IRA/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $2000
"Food is life for me and the education at Kendall College is bonding me with my life career."

Kimberly Denum, Robert Morris College
Robert Morris College/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"Receiving this scholarship is going to take me to the next level of culinary arts. It will help me become a great and prepared chef."

Megan Edgecombe, Johnson & Wales University
Blue Plate Catering -- Applause Scholarship, $2000
"[My mentor] has bent over backwards to help me get a head start in this field...I have either worked or interned at full-service hotels, large grocery stores, little family owned restaurants, chain restaurants and country clubs. Thanks, Mrs. Boliek!"

Adelle Eleazer, Robert Morris College
Robert Morris College/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"I would like to study hospitality management because it offers me a chance to work with a wide variety of people...My goal is to be the best at what I do, and to keep on aspiring for the best."

Peter Espinoza, Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago
Cub Foods/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"I would like to be a knowledgeable chef and be exposed to [many varieties] of food cultures...Food for me is a passion."

Jose Fontanez, Illinois Institute of Art
Illinois Institute of Art/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $11,000
Illinois Institute of Art Scholarship*, $2000
"Achieving my goals will not only help me, but becoming the first in my family to go to college will give my family a sense of pride. More importantly, by earning a college degree I will help pave the way for my siblings. I will be able to set an example that makes a statement to my younger brothers and sisters that it can be done."

Brian Fox, Johnson & Wales University
Charlie Trotter's/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"This scholarship will help me continue to build a solid educational foundation I will need to be successful in the hospitality industry."

Brad Froelich, Escuela de Cocina Luiz Irizar
Charlie Trotter's/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"I am just glad that I'm finally taking my love for food to the next level. I've always worked in restaurants...now I am ready for a full education."

Monty Grant, Washburne Culinary Institute
Washburne Culinary Institute/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"I'm blessed to even be [considered] for this scholarship, and believe me, it would help me out a great deal."

Randy Horne, Washburne Culinary Institute
Washburne Culinary Institute/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"The time has come to focus all my time, effort and energy in obtaining my college degree and becoming a consummate professional chef."

Justin Hotchkiss, Kendall College
Cub Foods/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"With this scholarship I will be able to complete culinary school and follow my dream to become a great chef."

Kelley Hannah, Bethune Cookman College
Cub Foods/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"I know that I will continue to achieve and be successful in college. I have worked too hard and come too far to stop now."

Aaron Henze, Robert Morris College
Robert Morris College/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"By going out to eat, the American people can be sure that their money is staying local and helping to boost the U.S. economy. With a career in the foodservice industry, I hope to encourage people to eat out by preparing extraordinary dishes to keep them coming back."

Teri Herbstman, Cornell University
Lake Country Chapter of the IRA/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"My passion for learning will take post collegiate foundations to specialize in this field. This scholarship can help me achieve my career goals."

Ryan Hutmacher, Kendall College
Charlie Trotter's/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"...it excites me that our industry has many avenues to travel down...I can take my talents in any direction I want in order to fulfill other goals and accomplishments within this industry."

Elizabeth Izaguirre, Chicago & Hospitality Institute of Chicago
CHIC/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $11,000
"My dreams in high school were to attend CHIC, expand my foodservice knowledge and become a successful pastry chef. This scholarship is making that a reality."

Susan Jankowiak, Kendall College
Kendall College/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $11,000
"Someday, as a chef or manager, I play to repay the IRA by helping students who are interested in the foodservice industry by offering job shadowing, jobs and internships to students who are looking to pursue their dreams."

Cherisa Johnson, Kendall College
Kendall College Scholarship* $10,000
Atwood Cafe/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"A scholarship from the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation will ease the financial burden. I truly believe that with your support I will be the first in my family to graduate from college.

James Johnson, Johnson & Wales University
Eurest Dining Services/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1000
"I'm going to work my way to the top and become an executive chef one day."

Zachary Just, Illinois State University
Alvin D. Rose -- Tastee Freez/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"This scholarship is an investment in attaining my educational goals. It is the first step towards developing, manufacturing and marketing new food-related ideas to the public."

Erica Kendall, Joliet Junior College
Charlie Trotter's/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"Attending culinary classes is important to me. This scholarship will help me to achieve that goal. Thank you."

Peter Lang, Illinois Institute of Art
Superior Coffee/Sara Lee Scholarship, $1000
"Receiving a scholarship from the IRA Educational Foundation would be a wonderful stepping stone into my culinary career."

David Lieberman, Johnson & Wales University
Charlie Trotter's/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1977
"I am basically looking at three major goals. They are: working in the highly competitive food industry, increasing my education, and increasing my experience and knowledge in the food world."

Brendan Macklin, Joliet Junior College
Gary Wales Memorial/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"My instructors at Joliet Junior College have been mentors to me and they would do anything to help me grow as a chef. I will never forget them and how much they have done for me."

Jeannie Marquez, Lexington College
Morton's of Chicago/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
Lexington College Scholarship*, $800
"...what confirmed my career choice was winning the Illinois ProStart Student Invitational. That experience more than any other gave me the confidence to know that I will be successful in this business...I plan to be a leader in this industry."

Tim McCauley, Elgin Community College
McHenry County Chapter of the IRA/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $2000
"If one thing is for certain, I will be successful in the [restaurant and foodservice] industry."

Edward Mitchell, Kendall College
Kendall College Scholarship*, $7500
"With this scholarship, I am able to attend the culinary school of my choice to better educate myself in the culinary industry."

John Munsell, Roosevelt University
Lake County Chapter of the IRA/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"I started viewing restaurants that I visted in a different light and coming up with ideas of my own that I hope to incorporate into my restaurants. I still have that developed passion, and it will not falter."

Kenneth Myszka, University of Nevada -- Las Vegas
Alvin D. Rose -- Tastee Freez/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"Once I graduate from UNLV I hope to move back to Illinois to open a restaurant...I love everything about Illinois from the countryside where I live to the city of Chicago where I grew up. I hope to please everyone else who lives or visits Illinois by opening a great restaurant right here, in the Land of Lincoln."

Danae Neuner, Johnson & Wales University
Alvin D. Rose -- Tastee Freez/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"Receiving an award allows me to stay in the [IRA Educational Foundation's] Mentor program which gives me insight and helps me when I need advice."

Kyle Neuner, Culinary Institute of America
Morton's of Chicago/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
Culinary Institute of America Scholarship", $1500
"While working in the industry, I would love nothing more than the chance to travel and discover all the cuisines that are out there."

Daniel Novak, Johnson & Wales University
Lake County Chapter of the IRA/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"My ultimate career goal includes not only to have the opportunity to be a chef in a restaurant, but also managing and owning one as well."

Natalie Pepple, Kendall College
Kendall College Scholarship*, $2000
"This scholarship will...enable me to focus more on schoolwork."

Richard Polhemus, Kendall College
Lake County Chapter of the IRA/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"This scholarship will help me to attain a bachelor's degree in culinary arts, which will allow me to go further in my career."

Jennifer Polk, Robert Morris College
Robert Morris College/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"I am going to school to learn something I love. I love to cook and I want to learn every aspect of it."

Kevin Pries, Robert Morris College
Robert Morris College/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"Recieving a scholarship from the IRA Educational Foundation would be an honor...[and] would allow me to work fewer hours and spend more time concentrating on my studies."

Sharletta Reddick, Lexington College
Lexington College, NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1800
"I have been working hard at school, competing in competitions, and keeping my head and attitude up. By getting into a great college with a great culinary arts program will help me with my dream."

Joanne Relf, Washburne Culinary Institute
Washburne Culinary Institute/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"...Along with being a [full-time] student I am also a parent..I am unable to work full time and attend this program...Receiving this scholarship will allow me to complete the program as scheduled and to stay on track."

Felicia Roberts, Lexington College
King & Prince Seafood/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1800
"Receiving a scholarship from the IRA Educational Foundation will greatly increase my chance to finish my education...I am a single mother of a college-bound teenager. With the rising cost of college tuition, it is increasingly hard to pay for your education. Trying to pay for two is almost impossible."

Cary Roy, Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago
McHenry County Chapter of the IRA/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $2000
"My life goals are the same as my dreams, and my dream is to own my own high-class restaurant...I'd love to see people enjoy the food dishes that I've created."

Senganan Sanavongxay, Elgin Community College
Elgin Community College/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"This scholarship will help me out financially and will be a stepping stone in reaching my career goals in the food service and hospitality industry."

Kevin Scharpf, Le Cordon Bleu -- Brown College
Alvin D. Rose -- Tastee Freez/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"This scholarship has given me a boost in my confidence and will help me to get closer to the goals I want to succeed."

Joseph Schroeder, Kendall College
Charlie Trotter's/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1625
"My dream fully realized would set a good example for other students whose goals may seem...unachievable. Pehaps my light will help others see the potential of their goals and aspirations as they strive to light up the sky with a new and excitng food business of their own."

Emily Schubkegel, Kendall College
Lake County Chapter of the IRA/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"By attending Kendall College, I will be able to work towards my lifelong dream of being a chef and restaurant manager."

Aletheia Schulz, Harper College
Cub Foods/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"This scholarship will help provide the necessary finances to get my education, as well as my career, off to a good start."

Margaret Schumacher, Lexington College
Lexington College/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $5000
"I know that my education is my key to succeeding in my career goals...I will be on my way to improving and shaping the food and beverage operations in the hospitality industry.

Melissa Spears, Robert Morris College
Robert Morris College/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $6000
"I want everyone to eat my food and love it...I have discovered my passion and myself."

Kyeesha Sutton, Washburne Culinary Institute
Washburne Culinary Institute/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"Working with pastry is challenging to me, but I strive to get it right...Nothing will stand in the way of me reaching my goals."

Leena Trivedi, Joliet Junior College
Cub Foods/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1500
"[This IRA Educational Foundation scholarship] will give me the opportunity to experience the world through an externship and expand my culinary knowledge."

Belkis Villanueva, Lexington College
King & Prince Seafood/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1800
"This scholarship from the IRA Educational Foundation will help me to continue...and assist me in getting to know more people in the industry that can help me reach my career goals."

Leomie Walton, Lexington College
Lexington College/NRAEF Co-Branded Scholarship, $1800
"Receiving this scholarship will also help me to be the first to graduate from college on both sides of my family. Without these different scholarship opportunities and financial aid I would not be where I am today."

*Indicates 2004 Illinois ProStart Invitational Scholarship

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