Culinary and Hospitality Students Are Serving up Success With Scholarship Wins

Six students in the District’s Culinary Program and Hospitality & Tourism Management Program have each been awarded $2,000 scholarships from the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA). The students were recognized for their accomplishments at the School Board meeting on April 18.

The students received their scholarships as a result of their GPA, as well as submission of an essay and bio. Additionally, their work and competition experience, student leadership, and teacher recommendation all factored into their scholarship award.

The FRLA has given away more than $11,000 in scholarship money to District students over the past year. They have also given equipment to District Culinary Academies and money to cover the expenses of students who participate in state competitions.

Recently, Culinary and Hospitality & Tourism instructors and a group of selected students participated in the FRLA’s EATs event at the West Palm Beach Hilton. The event was an opportunity for students to work side-by-side with professionals in the industry as well as local farmers.

FRLA Scholarship Recipients

  • Gabriel Cerease – Culinary Arts Program at Lake Worth High School: Instructor Chef Emmanuelle Suarez.
  • Jamie Cooney – Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at Forest Hill High School: Instructor Diana Sardina.
  • Jazmin DeJesus – Culinary Arts Program at Lake Worth High School: Instructor Chef Suarez.
  • Brooke Miller – Culinary Arts Program and Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at Palm Beach Gardens High School: Instructor Fred Mullins.
  • David Nault – Culinary Arts Program at Lake Worth High School: Instructor Chef Suarez
  • Branden Roetzel – Culinary Arts Program at South Tech High School: Instructor Chef Suzanne O’Neil.