ROTARY INT’L CLUB D3780 & CEF’s SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
After witnessing the results of the ongoing culinary scholarship program for indigent Filipinos, Rotary International District Club District 3780 vowed continuous support to Culinary Education Foundation (CEF), the social arm of the Center for Culinary
After witnessing the results of the ongoing culinary scholarship program for indigent Filipinos, Rotary International District Club District 3780 vowed continuous support to Culinary Education Foundation (CEF), the social arm of the Center for Culinary Arts (CCA Manila).
The 13-year-old culinary scholarship is dubbed “Cooking for Life Program (CLP).” This year’s CLP marks the first partnership with 101 networks of Rotary Clubs in Quezon City which pledged unwavering assistance. This year’s program aims to provide weeks of quality cooking education to 200 indigent high school graduates between the ages of 18 to 35.
“This program is really worth supporting,” said Rotary District Chief of Staff Jesse Tanchanco during the CLP’s thanksgiving ceremony at the CCA campus. He also expressed interest in continuing support to CEF for the years to come.
While the first batch of 45 scholars have yet to finish the CLP, Tanchanco said he already sees that they are ready for productive livelihood. “We’ve been very happy with the way CEF has organized the program and this has convinced us to extend our participation.” The Rotary Club of Sto. Domingo is closely overseeing the scholarship program.
(From center to right: Rotary Club of Sto. Domingo head Johnny So, Annie Guerrero CEF president and Dr. Veritas Luna, CCA Chancellor for Education with the beneficiaries of the Cooking for Life Program)
Ultimately, the scholarship will help boost the family income of Filipinos in need. With The Cravings Group being the main proponent for the CLP, scholars have employment opportunities after the program.
All parties involved, including CCA Manila which handles the program, voluntarily contribute their time, effort and finances to the selected scholars. “Everybody is very careful that the scholars are deserving,” said Johnny So, president of Rotary Club of Sto. Domingo. He added that the scholarship is extensive and covers basic culinary schooling necessities such as uniform and ingredients prescribed by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
With the culinary scholarship’s theme of making a difference, “it seeks to inculcate important values to our youth, giving them hope so that they become more employable in the future,” said Chancellor of Education of CCA Manila Dr. Tawie Luna, who is also past president of Rotary Club Sto. Domingo.
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