The two students for 2009 are: Jay Cousin of Chesapeake, Va., who was
accepted to Johnson & Wales University Culinary Arts and Business
Management program, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship; and Jesse Orrill
of Flagstaff, Ariz., who was also accepted to Johnson & Wales
University Culinary Arts program, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
“The SFM Undergraduate Merit Scholarship Program encourages leadership
and raises awareness within this growing industry," Scott Siers, chair
of the SFM Foundation Board of Directors, said in a press release. "We
are thrilled to be able to offer this program year after year in the
hopes of relieving a small portion of the burden of college tuition
while rewarding academic excellence."
The scholarships are awarded based on a strong interest in on-site
foodservice, GPA, work experience, letter of recommendation and a
written essay. The Foundation also offers grants to colleges and
universities that offer on-site foodservice courses. Since 2000, the
Foundation has awarded 49 scholarships. The money for the scholarship is collected through several SFM fundraisers including the annual silent auction at the national conference, an annual golf tournament and schmooze cruise.