US Foods Selects New Students for Scholars Program; David Works Discusses
ROSEMONT, IL - The future of the industry relies not only on the leaders of today, but those of tomorrow as well. Expanding an innovative program to bolster the workforce with impressive new talent, US Foods Holding Corp. recently announced the latest group of students selected to receive scholarships from this years’ US Foods Scholars program, totaling $360,000 in funds.
“We’re delighted to announce the newest members of the US Foods Scholars program and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments as they serve as the next generation of culinary talent,” said David Works, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, US Foods. “It’s been inspiring to watch the program grow over the many years, and we are excited to support our new scholars as they embark on the next stage of their educational journey.”
Following the recent expansion of the scholarship program, 18 students across nine markets were chosen to receive up to $20,000 each to support their continued culinary or hospitality education, in addition to training opportunities with US Foods culinary professionals. This year, as part of the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, the program has also expanded to include two historically Black colleges and universities: Bethune-Cookman University and Lawson State Community College.
The US Foods Scholars program was launched in 2017, according to a press release, and aims to inspire students to reach their full potential and make meaningful contributions to the culinary and hospitality industries. Since its inception, the program has offered more than $1,000,000 in scholarships to 51 students. Currently, 33 US Foods Scholars have earned or are actively working toward their degrees, while another 18 students are joining the program this year.
Since its launch, US Foods Scholars has provided financial support and professional development opportunities to culinary and hospitality students who demonstrate tremendous promise and achievement but require assistance to take the next step in their careers. The US Foods Scholars program is administered with the support of Scholarship America, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), and the American Culinary Federation (ACF).
To learn more about the program and the newest recipients, click here.
Congratulations to all of the recipients! We here at ANUK anxiously await the valuable contributions they will make to the fresh produce and foodservice industries.