Cal Poly Pomona is honored to announce the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) has established a scholarship to memorialize Virginia ?Ginny? Schoning, wife of the foundation?s executive director Jim Schoning and daughter-in-law of Cal Poly Pomona professor emeritus Richard Schoning.
Virginia Schoning passed away July 17. That same day, the CRAEF board met at Cal Poly Pomona and agreed to name the scholarship fund in her memory because of her devotion to education, public service and hospitality.
?Ginny was a strong advocate of education and was known for her love of life and for her warm sense of humor?key qualities in our industry,? says Jim Schoning. ?Because the Collins School of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona is one of the top programs in the country and an important partner in our work with the industry, the decision seemed natural to CRAEF?s directors, to whom I am grateful.?
CRAEF gave a total of $33,500, which was matched by Jim Collins and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The endowment now stands at more than $100,000, ensuring that the Virginia Jarrell Schoning Restaurant Industry Leadership Scholarship will help students in perpetuity. Beginning in the spring of 2003, $5,000 will be awarded annually in her name to hospitality students based on demonstrated merit and leadership.