The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) presented Kelly-Jane Arsenault, a ProStartÒ student from Portland, Maine, with a $2,500 scholarship to support her education and career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. The scholarship was presented at the Commitment to People Awards Gala on August 6, 2007, during CHART’s 74th semi-annual hospitality training conference in Tucson.

“The NRAEF’s ProStart program provides high school students with a unique opportunity to study both the culinary and management skills needed for success in the restaurant and foodservice industry, and we are thrilled to work with our colleagues at CHART to recognize an outstanding ProStart student,” said Mary Adolf, president and chief operating officer of the NRAEF. “Kelly-Jane’s experience in the industry combined with her ProStart education has put her on the right track to become one of our industry’s future leaders.”

“Our partnership with the NRAEF allows us to support passionate students like Kelly-Jane,” said Curt Archambault, FMP, Regional Training and Development Manager for Jack In The Box and CHART President. “Her innovation and drive to succeed will certainly ensure her a thriving career in our industry.”

The $2,500 scholarship is presented annually to a top ProStart student pursuing a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Kelly-Jane recently graduated from Gray-New Gloucester High School and is in charge of the salad/sandwich station for the student run restaurant, Grade “A” Café. This December, Kelly-Jane will begin her studies in Culinary Arts at New England Culinary Institute.

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