CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Jun 20, 2012) - As part of its annual School-to-Work program, Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality, the major food service provider for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has awarded six scholarships for $6,500 each to CPS students for continuing education in hospitality or culinary arts. Chartwells-Thompson has provided over $500,000 in scholarships to graduating students since it began working with CPS in 2000.
Scholarship selections were based on students' essays, their grade point averages, and letters of recommendation. This year's winners included: Anshaunti Hillery, Simeon Career Academy; Tyler Hutcherson, Hyde Park Academy; Passiyon Wyatt, Dunbar Career Academy; Priscilla Wise, Richards Career Academy; Elissa Williams, Harper High School and Angelica Ramirez, Prosser Career Academy.
According to Tyler Hutcherson, Hyde Park Academy graduate, "This scholarship will allow me to pursue my dream to become a pastry chef. The scholarship from Chartwells-Thompson will help me achieve my career goals."
"We are delighted to provide these awards to CPS students and to support their continuing education in the hospitality field," said Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality regional vice president Travis Young.
"We are proud of these students for their accomplishments and thrilled that, thanks to the generosity of Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality, they will have the opportunity to continue with their culinary training through the support of these scholarships," said David R. Blackmon, Program Coordinator, Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Agricultural Science for Chicago Public Schools.
About Chartwells School Dining Services
Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group provides dining services for over 550 public school districts and private schools, comprising over 6,000 separate elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. For more information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit www.eatlearnlive.com.
About Thompson Hospitality
With over $410 million in revenue and 4000 employees, Thompson Hospitality is one of the largest minority owned businesses in the United States and the largest minority owned foodservice company in the world. For more information about Thompson Hospitality, visit www.thompsonhospitality.com.