Local High School Seniors Awarded Culinary Scholarships

15 aspiring chefs from Hampton Roads’ high schools have earned scholarships from the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) to continue their culinary studies.

In total, C-CAP awarded over $560,000 in scholarships and opportunities. Scholarships awarded ranged in value from $1,000 to more than $100,000. Some students also received C-CAP Education Scholarships, cash awards to help with the costs of books, supplies, housing and other expenses while at community college or another culinary school.

The scholarships were presented at the C-CAP Awards Breakfast on Thursday. Just a day before, students participated in the C-CAP Hampton Roads Cooking Competition for Scholarships.

Each high school senior had two hours to prepare a two-course French meal. The set menu was: Hunter’s chicken with tourné potatoes and dessert crepes with pastry cream and chocolate sauce.

Students were critiqued on the dish’s taste and presentation, organization, sanitation, work flow, timing, techniques and skills.

The competitors were chosen on the basis of their performance in the preliminary competition, academic records, a personal essay, and their desire to pursue post-secondary education and to forge careers in the food service industry.

Students will be competing for scholarship awards and opportunities including full- and partial-tuition scholarships to premier local culinary colleges and to some of the most prestigious culinary schools in the country.

Find a full list of scholarship recipients below:

CHESAPEAKE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

Grassfield High School

Alexis  “Lexi” Robertson – Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Apprenticeship & C-CAP Education Scholarship

Oscar Smith High School

Torique White – Tidewater Community College & C-CAP Matching Scholarship

NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Norview High School

Rebecca Thomas – Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Bachelor Degree, C-CAP Education Scholarship & Tidewater Foodservice Foundation Scholarship

Tomik Wallace – Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Apprenticeship & C-CAP Education Scholarship

PORTSMOUTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Woodrow Wilson High School

Drake McKee – C-CAP Education Scholarship & Tidewater Foodservice Foundation Scholarship

Austin Overton – C-CAP Education Scholarship

Woodrow Wilson & Churchland High Schools

Makayla Jenkins – Kendall College Partial-Tuition Scholarship & C-CAP Education Scholarship

VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Cox High School

Brian Leon – Stratford University Scholarship & Virginia Beach Restaurant Association Scholarship

Ocean Lakes High School

Diamond Patrick – C-CAP Education Scholarship

Tallwood High School

Marissa Ward – Johnson & Wales University Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Bachelor Degree, Charlotte Campus

Virginia Beach Tech Center & Green Run High School

Cashe’ Clark – Meatless Monday Scholarship, Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation Scholarship, C-CAP Education Scholarship

VA Beach Tech Center & Kellam High School

Jordyn Bray – Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Apprenticeship & Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation Scholarship

VA Beach Tech Center & Kempsville High School

Stephen Perry – C-CAP Education Scholarship

VA Beach Tech Center & Ocean Lakes High School

Samuel  “Sam” Cartwright – Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Associate Degree

VA Beach Tech Center & Tallwood High School

Mallory Dossett – C-CAP Educational Scholarship, Virginia Beach Chapter of School Nutrition Association of Virginia

In addition to these scholarships, three high school juniors were presented with Junior Merit Awards—each earning a “scholarship” to attend a summer culinary arts experience, based upon their applications, academic records and their performance in the preliminary C-CAP Cooking Competition.

2017 C-CAP Junior Merit Award Recipients:

Karintha Cary, VA Beach Tech Center & Kempsville High School

Desiray James, Norview High School

Keenansia Williams, Norfolk Tech Center & Lake Taylor High School