Two $10,000 Hormel Heroes Scholarships are being awarded to some deserving students. Hormel Foods Corporation recently announced the recipients of this year's program, which is administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The program aims to support students with military backgrounds pursuing degrees in culinary arts or a foodservice management-related program.
"As a 'thank you' for their service, Hormel Foods is honored to support our military members in their career aspirations," said Mark Ourada, Group Vice President of Foodservice. "These scholarships are a way to show our appreciation for students who serve or have served our country and are pursuing careers in the foodservice industry. It is a pleasure to congratulate our 2023 scholarship recipients, Britany Belcher and Danny Wheeler. Thank you both for your dedicated service. We are proud to support you and your future endeavors."
Belcher, an Air Force veteran who served as an A1C specialist, is currently a freshman studying culinary arts at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary in Boulder, Colorado. Her plan is to eventually pursue her bachelor's and master's degrees in nutrition, a press release stated.
In response to this announcement, Belcher commented.
"Having spent the last 14 years in child nutrition in the public schools, I've come to recognize the dire need for quality food that is both nutritionally sound as well as delicious," Belcher said. "Thanks to this scholarship, I won't have to utilize student loans to acquire my associate degree."
Wheeler is an active member of the U.S. Army National Guard, serving as an E4 specialist. He is currently a senior at the University of Missouri studying hospitality management.
"Seeing the stress being taken off my parents' face once they heard about my scholarship was the most rewarding part of this entire experience," Wheeler said. "Your belief in my potential has left an indelible mark on my future, and I am committed to making the most of this opportunity."
Congratulations to the recipients!