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IFSEA Donates $8,700 to Scholarship for HCAT Students

April 23, 2010

      A local chapter of the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) has donated $8,700 to its IFSEA Endowed Scholarship Fund for AACC students interested in the culinary arts and hospitality industries.

      The gift from the Baltimore chapter of IFSEA supplements funds in its $25,000 endowed scholarship created in fiscal year 2005-06. The Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc. maintains and administers the scholarship fund.

      “This is a wonderful addition to IFSEA’s scholarship fund,” said Mary Ellen Mason, director of the AACC Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute. “IFSEA is a model organization and this scholarship will forever benefit qualified students.”

      Awarded to a full-time degree- or certificate-seeking AACC student, the scholarship is based on financial need, requires a 2.0 grade point average and interest in a career in the food service or hospitality industry. Preference goes to students already enrolled in culinary arts or hospitality management who have extracurricular activities in the hospitality industry and recommendations from an AACC hospitality faculty member. The award amount varies based on the performance of the scholarship fund.

      Established in 1901, IFSEA is the industry’s oldest service organization for hospitality industry employees and reports membership of more than 1,000 members worldwide. It provides job training, staff development and other support services to members.

      The IFSEA scholarship is an open fund able to accept gifts from individuals and organizations. Gifts are accepted year-round. For information, call the foundation at 410-777-2515, e-mail or visit