National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Establishes The Stephen
P. Donatone Scholarship Fund
- $250,000 Endowed Scholarship Created in Beloved Industry Figure's Name -
CHICAGO, July 16, 2013
CHICAGO, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The National Restaurant Association
Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today that it has established a
scholarship fund in the name of beloved industry figure and friend, Stephen P.
Donatone. The NRAEF received a pledge of $250,000 from the family of Stephen
P. Donatone to create an endowed scholarship in his name. This prestigious
scholarship will support the NRAEF's ProStart students and its mission to
enhance the stature of the restaurant industry. ProStart unites the industry
and the classroom to give 95,000 high school students nationwide a platform to
discover new interests and talents, while opening doors to fulfilling careers.
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"We are incredibly grateful for this generous donation from Stephen P.
Donatone's family," said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of
philanthropic initiatives for the National Restaurant Association Educational
Foundation. "We know that this scholarship will provide many of our ProStart
students continued education, which will help build a pipeline of talent and
foster future leaders of the restaurant industry for many years to come."
The NRAEF plans to award between $12,500 to $16,000 per year to a single
student of great resilience who has overcome significant obstacles in his or
her life and can articulate a vision for the future. The Stephen P. Donatone
Scholarship recipient should demonstrate a commitment to post-secondary study
to prepare for a career in the restaurant, foodservice and/or hospitality
industries, as well as a dedication to community service. Preference for this
prestigious culinary and hospitality management scholarship will be given to a
student from the ProStart program.
Lorna Donatone, Stephen Donatone's wife, has been a member of the NRAEF Board
of Trustees since 2011 and a member of the National Restaurant Association
Board of Directors since 2005. She also serves as chief operating officer and
education market president for Sodexo. Stephen Donatone was an active member
of the NRAEF and the Association communities, and highly respected amongst his
peers. When he passed away in January 2013, a profound sense of grief was
shared among the board members and staff of the NRA, the NRAEF, and industry
leaders who had the pleasure of knowing him. Donatone was well known among his
peers as a champion of the underdog, someone who devoted his life to help
others realize their full potential. The NRAEF will utilize the Stephen P.
Donatone Scholarship to provide valuable opportunities for students to help
them realize their dreams and live up to their full potential, both personally
"Steve was a tremendous advocate for helping young people achieve their
dreams, especially in the restaurant industry that he loved. We are incredibly
grateful and honored to help future generations pursue their education with
the Stephen P. Donatone Scholarship," said Lorna Donatone.
The fund is designed to last in perpetuity, and additional contributions to
the fund are welcome. To donate to the fund, visit NRAEF.org/giving or contact
Tony Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-331-5911.
According to the National Restaurant Association, total restaurant and
foodservice employment is projected to grow by 11 percent over the next 10
years. The NRAEF is committed to ensuring it supports the development of a
highly-trained and professional talent pool through scholarships and
educational programs such as ProStart. With national and local support from
industry members, educators, the NRAEF and state restaurant associations,
ProStart is taught in 1,700 schools. For more information on the ProStart
program, visit NRAEF.org/ProStart or find us on Twitter or Facebook.
About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)'s goal is to
enhance the stature of the restaurant industry. The restaurant and foodservice
industry comprises 980,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce
of more than 13 million employees, making it one of the nation's largest
employers. The NRAEF's focus is to attract, develop and retain a
career-oriented professional workforce and to create a more positive business
climate for the restaurant industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit
SOURCE National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
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