On 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
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