CRF Scholarship Awards

May 12, 2017



30 years ago, the Donald Quinn Scholarship Fund, the precursor to the current Colorado Restaurant Foundation, began providing scholarships to individuals desiring to enter and become professionals in the foodservice industry. During those 30 years the Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million in scholarship funds, and $8 million in support of the Colorado ProStart Program.

During the recent CRF 30th Anniversary Celebration and Scholarship Awards event, the foundation awarded $38,000 in scholarships to graduating Colorado ProStart® and post-secondary students.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the following Foundation sponsors and scholarship partners: Sysco Denver, TKM Foundation, Weil Family Foundation, Laurita Family & Italco Food Products, Terri Vantiger, Epicurean Culinary Group, CRA Mile High Chapter, and CRA Pikes Peak Chapter.

We had an amazing night celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Colorado Restaurant Foundation. Attendees were in a party mood as we gathered to honor our scholarship winners and special award winners. Check out the Facebook post to see all the participants!




2017 Post-Secondary Scholarships

Weil Family Foundation
Claire Cavigilia - University of Denver, $2,000
Ian Milby - Johnson Wales University, $2,000
Mikayla Riggs - Johnson Wales University, $2,000
Mario Talavera - Johnson Wales University, $2,000

Epicurean Culinary Group Scholarship
Victoria Sonora - American Culinary Federation, $2,000

Logan Yoke Memorial Scholarship
Derek Irick - Colorado Mesa University, $1,000

CRA Mile High Chapter Scholarship
Lindsey Byron - Colorado State University, $1,000

Mick Laurita Memorial Scholarship
Caitlyn Baylie - Johnson Wales University, $2,000
John Johnson - American Culinary Federation, $2,000
Fernando Saldivar - Colorado Mountain College, $2,000

Seattle Fish Company Scholarship
Lindsay McEwan - Johnson Wales University, $1,000

TKM Foundation
Hussein Muya - Colorado Western University, $1,000
Daniel Molina - Colorado Mountain College, $1,000


2017 Colorado ProStart Scholarships

2017 Outstanding Prostart Student Scholarship:

Adolfo Becerra, Battle Mountain High School
Emily Bell, Summit High School
Logan Benavidez, St. Vrain Career Development Center
Meghan Bittner, Grandview High School
Mallory Brown, Coronado High School
Daisy Even, Central High School
Natalie Gaul, Smoky Hill High School
Ryan Hancock, Early College High School & Career Pathways
Heidi Lewis Millard, Aspen High School
Diana Morales, Gateway High School
Isabel Rossi, Woodland Park
Hunter Scharrer, Adams 12 - Five Star Schools
Matthias Sedillo, Mountain View High School
Mauricio Sosa, YouthEntity
Mary Stupski, ThunderRidge High School
Courtney Tinius, Broomfield High School

2017 Student of the Year
Grace Dant, ThunderRidge High School

2017 ProStart Industry Achievement Award
Lorenzo Patti, Summit High School

Al and Dorothy Jarrell Scholarship
Carrie Hager, Broomfield High School, $1,000
Anastasia Reindel, Adams 12 - Five Star Schools, $1,000

Mick Laurita Memorial Scholarship
Jessica Hagen, Broomfield High School, $1,000
Ethan St. George, Northridge High School, $1,000

Italco Food Products Scholarship
Kristina Armijo-Martinez, Grandview High School, $1,000
Joseph Vigil-Medina, Central High School, $1,000

Jim Rogers Memorial Scholarship
Laura Wagner, Woodland Park, $1,000

Teacher of the Year
Andrea Aragon, Early College High School & Career Pathways

Mentor of the Year
Patrick Swetnam, Executive Chef at Guard and Grace, Mentor to Smoky Hill High School


2017 Special Awards

Flame of Excellence Award
Sue Kruger, ProStart Consultant and former ProStart Teacher

Reaching for the Stars Fritz Knoebel Award
Donna Erlewine, Broomfield High School

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