Hormel announces Hormel Heroes scholarship recipients – Austin Daily Herald
Hormel Foods Corporation announced the recipients of this year’s two $ 10,000 Hormel Heroes scholarships.
This year’s recipients are Christina Gilman and Rose Picard.
“Hormel Foods is honored to support our military who have given and sacrificed so much for our nation,” said Mark Ourada, vice president of the Foodservice group at Hormel Foods. “These scholarships are a small way to show our appreciation to students who serve or have served our country and who are pursuing careers in the restaurant industry. We are pleased to congratulate this year’s scholarship recipients, Christina Gilman and Rose Picard. Thank you both for your dedicated service and good luck in all your future endeavors.
Gilman is a sergeant serving in the United States Marine Corps as a 3381 Restoration Specialist aboard Camp Pendleton. She is in her second year of her bachelor’s degree program at American Public University majoring in hospitality management with a concentration in food services and a certificate in restaurant operations.
“My goal is to own a property in Virginia, where I will operate a vineyard with the vision of creating a long-lasting family legacy. I imagine my family working alongside me and bringing up our last name with hard work, passion, dedication, clarity and persistence, ”said Gilman. “My first job was working in an authentic Mexican family-run restaurant, where I started as a hostess when I was 15. I rose through the ranks to be a waitress when I turned 18, graduated from high school, and moved independently. I learned the meaning of hard work at this family owned restaurant, and it set the tone for what I did as a catering specialist in the military.
Picard is a military veteran who served as a First Class Sergeant in the US Air Army. She is currently in her third year of her bachelor’s degree program at the Culinary Institute of America majoring in baking and pastry making. She is working towards her goal of becoming her own bakery teacher.
“My career goals are to become a bakery teacher at a college or university. I had the opportunity in the army to train young soldiers to come as 92G (restoration specialists), ”Picard said. “I fell in love with teaching when I was an advanced culinary instructor in Fort Lee, Virginia. This scholarship from the prestigious National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation would help me achieve this lifelong goal. I am humbled as I reflect on my life and see myself accepted into the Culinary Institute of America. “
The Hormel Heroes scholarship program was created by Hormel Foods to support students with military backgrounds pursuing degrees in culinary arts or a program related to food service management and is administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).
“On Veterans Day, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is proud to celebrate our nation’s heroes through continuing education and training as they return to civilian life.” said Rob Gifford, president of the NRAEF. “Through our partners at Hormel Foods, we can provide Veterans with the financial support they need to improve their skills and advance their careers. Congratulations to Christina and Rose – we are proud to have you with us as NRAEF scholars.