Vivian Brammer of Hadley, a freshman culinary arts student at Adirondack Community College, has been awarded a scholarship from the Cooperative Association of Food Enterprises (CAFÉ) Workers Compensation Trust and First Cardinal LLC, the first ACC student to receive such an honor.
Vivian returns to ACC in the fall to pursue an associate degree in culinary arts and baking. She currently works two jobs, at Prime at Saratoga National in Saratoga Springs and Saratoga Rose in Hadley.
"Vivian was selected for this award because of her strong professional ethics, her outstanding grade point average and her commitment to working in the food service industry while attending ACC," said Chef William Steele, director of ACC's Culinary Arts program.
Vivian plans to graduate ACC next spring and pursue a four-year degree at either Paul Smiths College or Johnson and Wales University in Boston.
The CAFÉ Trust, the largest self-funded restaurant trust fund in New York State, was formed for the specific purpose of providing statutory workers'
compensation and employers' liability coverage.
First Cardinal Corporation, based in Latham, administers the CAFÉ program and provides full marketing, risk management, claims administration, finance and underwriting services.
To qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must maintain a GPA of at least 2.75 and be employed in the food service industry that provides table service while taking classes at ACC. In addition, an applicant must volunteer for two community scholarship fund raisers for the American Culinary Federation's local chapter or for two events that would benefit First Cardinal.