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Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation Awards $15,000 in Scholarships

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida, Inc. (CHEF) has awarded $15,000 in scholarships to students in FGCU's School of Resort & Hospitality Management.

The CHEF is a charitable organization that serves the culinary and hospitality arts professions by providing scholarships, awards, financial incentives and skills development opportunities to deserving individuals committed to furthering their education and enhancing their careers.

"We share with FGCU the goal of supporting the most promising students who need financial aid to attain the fine education that Florida Gulf Coast University provides," said CHEF President Judith M. Hushon.

According to Dr. Sherie Brezina, Director of the School of Resort & Hospitality Management, "Each year the CHEF scholarships provide more and more RHM students who have a career interest in food and beverage management the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree and turn their hopes and dreams into reality upon graduation."

CHEF members were invited to meet scholarship recipients Thursday, Nov. 29 during a reception, wine tasting and dinner at FGCU. Full-time Resort & Hospitality Management majors from Lee and Collier counties were awarded grants based on financial need and academic standing. The bachelor's degree program prepares students for high-demand careers in resort, private club, spa, hotel, event, restaurant and tourism-destination management.

"The generosity of the Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation helps ensure that students needing financial assistance can enter the professional world with a solid foundation of skills and critical thinking," said Linda Lehtomaa, Interim Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the FGCU Foundation, which administers the scholarships. "Their success brings distinction to FGCU and to the School of Resort & Hospitality Management."

For more information, contact Ms. Lehtomaa at (239) 590-1071.

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