Scholarships

Rich LoRusso Culinary Scholarship Award

Joe Tangaro Sports Award

The St. Louis Italian Open Charity for Children, Inc. (IO), in conjunction with the ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc., is seeking qualified applicants for the Rich LoRusso Culinary Scholarship Award and the chosen applicant will receive up to $5000 towards tuition.

Rich LoRusso was a warm, affable, and gregarious personality. LoRusso’s Cucina provided guests an excellent culinary experience for over 35 years. More importantly, Rich generously helped fund countless charities in the St. Louis area during his entire professional life. From proud Italian roots originating on the Hill, he was a true pillar of the community. Rich loved to celebrate life, food, wine, and his Italian culture. An Italian Open honoree and board member, we are very moved to create a scholarship in his memory to honor his generous contributions to the community. This award will be given annually to a candidate who has serious career interests in the culinary and hospitality industry.

Stay tuned for this year’s recipient!

Stay tuned for this year’s recipient!

Applications are closed for 2023, but you can apply for next year!

Honoring Past Recipients

Rich LoRusso Culinary Scholarship Award

Joe Tangaro Sports Award

Sarah Kirk

Natalie Leininger

Craig Ortwerth

Catherine Cassani

Grace Frisella

Jimmy Lahrman

Alexis Cassani

Andrew Grassi

Alex Severino