Culinary School Scholarship Winner

April 30, 2009 5 Comments

Johnson & Wales Culinary Student Receives 2nd Reluctant Gourmet Culinary School Grant

Blair Cannon

I’m excited to announce that Blair Cannon, a sophomore at Johnson & Wales Culinary School in Charlotte, NC who is pursuing an Associates of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts, was chosen to receive the 2nd Reluctant Gourmet Culinary Scholarship in association with Chef4Students.

The program was established in 2003 to assist culinary students in need of financial assistance. Since that time, over $77,000 has been awarded to future culinarians in the form of $1,000 culinary grants. I was able to get involved in the reviewing process along with a panel consisting of several certified chefs, business executives and culinary professionals from various organizations across the globe.

A Letter From Culinary Student Blair Cannon

It’s great to be able to give back a little to the culinary industry with these culinary grants, but it means even more when you hear from the recipients themselves and learn how much these grants mean to them. Here is a letter from this years Reluctant Gourmet sponsored scholarship Blair Cannon to my friend Chef David Nelson who makes this all possible.

April 28, 2009

Dear Chef David Nelson,

I was chosen to receive the Reluctant Gourmet sponsored scholarship for your organization for 2009; and I am writing this letter to express my sincerest thanks to your organization for allowing students such as myself the opportunity to obtain this scholarship.

It has been an honor for me to be recognized for my hard work, and by receiving this scholarship; it motivates me to continue to strive for excellence.

I currently am finishing my sophomore year at Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, NC, pursuing an Associates of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts and your scholarship support has allowed me to concentrate more on schoolwork without the financial burden. In addition, in my junior and senior years, I plan to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Restaurant Management.

The program at Johnson & Wales has been challenging and the instructors inspiring as well. I have been volunteering in many activities at school such as Charlotte Shout and the academic community. Having the opportunity to meet many celebrity chefs as well as gain lots of culinary advice, has been a dream come true. At this time I am away at co-op in Augusta, GA at the Augusta National Golf Club for the Masters Golf Tournament gaining work experience and meeting a lot of celebrities.

This scholarship has helped me to realize my dreams of becoming a Chef and one day owning my own restaurant. I can assure you that as a recipient, I will make your organization proud by excelling in my studies and giving back to the community as a token of my appreciation.

Your generosity has made a profound impact on my life and I am sincerely grateful and truly honored to have been a recipient of this award.

Best Regards,

Blair Cannon



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  1. Jenni says:

    That is so cool! Congrats to Blair, and big kudos to you, RG, for being a part of Chef4Students!

  2. Bonnie Stewart says:

    Blair,
    I was so glad your mom sent this email with the letter and your interview. You are an amazing young man and one day maybe you will allow Jim & I to invest in your new restaurant.
    Congratulations…..
    Be blessed and eat well,
    Love…Bonnie

  3. Samantha says:

    I am trying to apply for a scholarship so was wondering if you have any idea on whether amount I receive in scholarships affect my eligibility for financial aid?

    Samantha, good question and one you should talk up with the schools you are planning on attending. I’m sure the representatives that contact you about applying will be able to answer most of your questions. – RG

  4. S D says:

    Really a nice blog with all the information that i wanted to know about. This will help me in my future carrier. thanks for such a nice post.

  5. crystal says:

    You are a great influence, and I’m happy for you! when i get out of school which is in 2 years i plan to go to Johnson & Wales, but in providence rhode island. And i hope the best for you.

    Thanks Crystal and good luck when you get to school. Please keep us updated with your adventure. – RG

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