The Dream Award-Drew Rigby
Monday, October 2nd 2017

The DREAM Award – Financial Aid

At Utah Food Services, we attribute our success as innovators in the hospitality industry to our culinary team’s creativity, experience, and training. To that end, Robert Sullivan, UFS Owner, Chef and an active member of the Utah Culinary Arts PAC (Program Advisory Committee) is a huge advocate for continuing education.

In 2017, Utah Food Services created the DREAM Award, which was created in honor of the late Drew Rigby, a dear friend and former chef at Utah Food Services. James Miller was selected as the first recipient, which will allow James to further his culinary career through a certification program at Salt Lake Community College. This award is going to be an annual opportunity and is offered to employees of Utah Food Services. This can applied for again in 2018 through our HR department.

In 2013, Robert Sullivan created an annual $5000 scholarship opportunity for aspiring chefs in the Culinary Arts Program at Salt Lake Community College. We have continued this tradition since.

Last year, the distribution method was slightly altered.  In an effort to extend our reach and help accelerate the rate at which more students graduate from the program, 10 qualified applicants will receive a scholarship of $500.00 each. This modification will help more students complete their required courses and be ready to put their culinary skills to work.

The SLCC Development Office had this to say about the scholarship changes:

“As for moving from one student to ten, it was a highly popular move. Most culinary students can afford to attend, or receive scholarship funds to attend, fall and spring semester. The change in the funding breakdown allowed 7/10 recipients to attend summer semester last year and graduate a semester early and enter the job market. Our current culinary students approaching graduation are averaging three job offers each to well paying culinary jobs. UFS funds in 2015-2016k made a huge impact to the students and the local economy with several well trained chefs entering the workforce.  I’m thrilled Sully has remained interested in our efforts and look forward to telling you this year’s student stories that will benefit from UFS’s generosity.”

In order to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must complete their FAFSA and be enrolled in the Culinary Arts program and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, but a demonstrated passion for preparing and cooking food will be given greater consideration than a high GPA.

For information on how to apply for this scholarship or any other scholarship opportunities offered at Salt Lake Community College, visit Salt Lake Community College’s website.


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