Since its formation in 2005, The Ryan Wells Foundation has awarded 82 scholarships to Pinellas County students amounting to over $424,000.
Since its formation in 2005, The Ryan Wells Foundation has awarded 82 scholarships to Pinellas County students amounting to over $424,000. To be considered for selection, students must have completed 3 semesters of culinary coures at a Pinellas County school and have a 2.5 GPA. An essay explaining their career goals is also required. Extracurricular activities and teacher recommendations are recommended.
Funds granted by The Ryan Wells Foundation must be used towards a Culinary Arts or Hospitality degree from a College of University or a Vocational-Technical in related fields. For those students who successfully enroll in the Johnson and Wales University scholarships given by the Foundation are matched by the institution.
Applications can be downloaded on the web site for the Pinellas Education Foundation, an organization committed to enhancing the educational opportunities across the county. In addition, the Pinellas Education Foundation is assisting in the construction of the $4.5 million Jacobsen Culinary Art Institute in Tarpon Springs. In recognition of the monetary donations The Ryan Wells Foundation has made to the institute, one of kitchens will be named after Ryan. All scholarships supported by the Pinellas Education Foundation can be found by clicking here.
The Ryan Wells Foundation also supports the culinary programs of Dixie Hollins, Northeast, Osceola and Tarpon Springs and has contributed over $266,000 to these programs. These schools are the only within Pinellas County to offer students the ProStart program. The ProStart program was founded by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (FRLAEF). The FRLAEF gives students the opportunity to apply for scholarships and internships, compete against other schools in state-wide competitions, and attended training institutes.