Nicholls Culinary Students Earn Scholarships

THIBODAUX — Thirteen students from Nicholls State University’s Chef John Folse Culinary Institute were awarded scholarships by the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF).

“Our students received 13 out of 30 scholarships awarded by the LRA Education Foundation. We were very glad that we were so well represented, and we think it says a lot about the caliber of our students,” said Chef Randy Cheramie, executive director of the culinary institute at Nicholls.

The following Nicholls culinary students received the LRAEF/NRAEF Scholarship, given to students who have or will receive the ProStart Certificate of Achievement:

  • Sabrina Bodenheimer, graduate of Lakeshore High School(second-year recipient)
  • Victoria Cart, graduate of Sulphur High School (third-year recipient)
  • Lauren Fendlason, graduate of Hammond High Magnet School (second-year recipient)
  • Jordan McClelland, graduate of Dutchtown High School (second-year recipient)
  • Melissa McGuire, graduate of Mandeville High School (third-year recipient)
  • Thien Nguyen, graduate of Dutchtown High School (third-year recipient)
  • Sadie Poche, graduate of Lutcher High School/St. James Career Center
  • Hillary Scott, graduate of Allen High School in Allen, Texas (third-year recipient)

The following students received the General Hospitality Scholarship, given to students who are currently enrolled or have been accepted in a hospitality or culinary degree program:

  • Sunni Authement, graduate of South Terrebonne High School
  • Lindsey Carroll, graduate of Lutheran High School of Greater New Orleans
  • Rachel DeFelice, graduate of Grace King High School
  • Tashira Green, graduate of Zachary High School
  • April Lee, graduate of East St. John High School (second-year recipient)

“The LRA Education Foundation is thrilled to award scholarships to these deserving students,” said LRAEF Executive Director Alice Glenn. “Louisiana’s restaurant industry is expected to add more than 17,400 jobs in the next 10 years. The LRA Education Foundation, through its Scholarship Program, seeks to deliver educated and highly-skilled employees to the workforce once their college education is complete. I have no doubt that these individuals will use these scholarships to strengthen the foodservice and hospitality industries in the coming years.”

The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls features the state’s only culinary bachelor’s degree program. For more information visit