STLCC’s Thompson Receives Hormel Heroes Scholarship
St. Louis Community College student Angela Thompson recently received a $10,000 scholarship from Hormel Foods Corp. through its Hormel Heroes Scholarship program.
The program was created by Hormel Foods to support students with military backgrounds pursuing degrees in culinary arts or foodservice management. It is administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
Thompson is a 30-year military veteran who served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. She is pursuing an associate degree in hospitality management from St. Louis Community College and will graduate in spring 2021. She currently manages a bed-and-breakfast in Shiloh, Ill., and aspires to open her own establishment someday.
“This scholarship not only allows me to complete my academic studies, but the principles taught in the course also help to expand my knowledge base and improve my performance as manager for a bed and breakfast,” Thompson said. “Although my expertise is improving because of this learning experience, the true beneficiaries of this scholarship are the guests at the BnB. As a way of giving back and providing a safe and restful place, I genuinely enjoy serving and taking care of the ‘weary traveler,’ formed out of my time of traveling for the military.”
Thompson thinks owning a bed and breakfast is the perfect "retirement" project for one who has devoted her adult life to serving others.
“I felt that a bed and breakfast would continue to allow me to serve others, on a smaller scale, while providing me the freedom to work at my own pace and on my own schedule,” Thompson said.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christina Gilman is the other 2020 Hormel scholarship recipient. Gilman is in the second year of her program at American Public University, majoring in hospitality management with a concentration in foodservice.
"Hormel Foods proudly supports the members of our military, who have made substantial sacrifices for our nation. These scholarships show our appreciation for students who serve or have served our country and are pursuing careers in the foodservice industry," said Mark Ourada, group vice president of Hormel Foods Foodservice.
Rob Gifford, NRAEF president, said the scholarships help veterans receive education and training to assist their transition back to civilian life.
"Thanks to our partners at Hormel Foods, we can offer veterans the financial support they need to improve their skills and advance their careers,” Gifford said.