FRLA Palm Beach Chapter Awards 14 Scholarships To Local Students

The Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) recently awarded $27,500 in college scholarships to 14 Palm Beach area culinary and hospitality high school students, including Jasmin Pickens of Wellington, who will attend Valencia Community College.

Scholarship funds were raised during the annual Palm Beach EATS (Education Agriculture Together Showcase) event held earlier this year.

Other 2020 scholarship winners included: Faith Underwood, Carolyn Von Werne, Jylene Velez, Falencia Aulbrice, Stephany Escobar, Emily Loomis, Clarvens Philosthene, Anterica Benyard, Jaden Walker, Nathanael Jolteus, Serena Boggs, Jade Kelley (winner of the Brian Fink Memorial Scholarship) and Mia Rideau.

“We had a tremendous increase in scholarship applications this year, and we realize the need is greater than ever,” said Nick Velardo, FRLA committee chair for education and vice president of food and beverage for the Breakers. “By providing scholarship support to students who are interested in the culinary and hospitality field, we strengthen the future of the industry.”

“FRLA is committed to investing in the future of the hospitality industry, and I am pleased that we can support these students’ efforts for continuing their education,” Palm Beach County FRLA Regional Director Jodi Cross added.

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