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Zimmerman Awarded Ricupero Memorial–Rustic Lodge Scholarship

Joshua Zimmerman Receives Ricupero Scholarship for 2014On July 14, 2014, the Tony and Emma Ricupero Memorial–Rustic Lodge Scholarship for $1,400 was awarded to Joshua Zimmerman, a student in the Culinary Arts program. 

The recipient of the scholarship is chosen each year based on academic performance, as well as service to the profession, the community, and the university.

Joshua, a graduate of Mars Area High School in Mars, Pennsylvania, also attended Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School before pursuing his passion for cooking at the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts.

During his time at IUP, Joshua has served as a student representative for the Escoffier Club, a student organization that plans educational and recreational events for culinary students. He is also employed by Aramark, working in the Punxsutawney campus dining hall. As part of his studies, Joshua will complete an externship at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Joshua was also recently the recipient of a $1,200 scholarship awarded by the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, as well as a $1,000 High Achievers Scholarship awarded to students based on academic merit, school and community involvement, and commitment to the culinary industry. 

The Rustic Lodge was opened in 1945 by Tony and Emma Ricupero, whose lives embodied the ethos of the food service industry—hard work, quality service, customer satisfaction, and service to the community. 

In 2001, the Ricupero and Lubold families established the memorial scholarship to honor Tony and Emma Ricupero and the strong work ethics and commitment to excellence that three generations have brought to the family business of full-service banquet facilities at the Rustic Lodge.

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