The Renton Technical College Culinary Scholarship Established 2008
About Renton Technical College Culinary Arts:
The Culinary Arts certificate program is accredited with the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). It is designed to train students for work in the hospitality industry. All phases of basic fundamental cookery are addressed in a concise curriculum within a well-equipped industry kitchen and professional classroom. Emphasis is on the development of skills and techniques necessary for advancement within the industry.
Miuw (Mary) Atkins: Miuw was born in Laos and immigrated to America with her family at age 5. She is the eldest of eight children and by the age of nine was regularly preparing meals for her family, caring for her siblings, and learning how to plan, organize, and follow through. After receiving her Certificate in Bookkeeping and working as a bookkeeper for various businesses over a fifteen-year span, she found herself laid off in July 2009. She seized that opportunity to make a long-held dream come true to operate a business in the culinary industry, so she enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program at Renton Technical College. She is now in her 6th quarter and ready to graduate this spring. Currently she is working as an intern at Rover’s. "Without the scholarship program, I would not have been able to accomplish my dream."
Nieva Sampaco (Zorahayda): Nieva came to the United States from the Phillippines in 1991 to join her husband while he pursued his doctorate in civil engineering. She was a stay at home mom prior to enrolling in Renton Technical College’s Professional Baking Program. After graduation she hopes to work for a bakery and in the long term open a bakery or coffee shop. She notes that receiving the endowment award has given her renewed encouragement to attain her goals.