December 3, 2007

Owens Community College Students Receive Northwest Ohio Restaurant Association Scholarships

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Two Owens Community College students have been chosen by the Northwest Ohio Restaurant Association (NWORA) to receive $2,000 scholarships for excellence within the classroom and workplace. The College’s award recipients are Matt Gall of Sylvania and Haven Whalen of Maumee.

The NWORA was founded in 1936 as a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the restaurant industry in the Toledo area. Organizational initiatives include working with charitable community groups and providing scholarships to area students seeking careers in the food service industry.

“Owens Community College appreciates Northwest Ohio Restaurant Association’s commitment and support to our students and their career aspirations within the fields of hospitality management and culinary arts,” said Tekla Madaras, Owens Chair of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality. “Both Matt and Haven are exceptional students and have a bright future ahead of them. They are very deserving of this honor.”

Scholarship criterion includes applicants being interviewed by a panel of NWORA representatives to determine award recipients. Interview questions focus on an individual’s career aspirations, community involvement, goals and accomplishments. In addition, scholarship applicants must be enrolled within a higher educational institution and working toward a degree in hospitality management or culinary arts.

Gall is pursuing an associate’s degree in culinary arts at Owens and carries a 4.0 grade point average. The Northview High School graduate is an active member of Owens’ Student Hospitality and Culinary Arts Club. Gall plans to pursue a career as a chef or pastry chef and currently works at Amie’s Pizza Factory in Sylvania.

Whalen is also majoring in culinary arts at Owens. Active in the community, she is involved with the March of Dimes and the NWORA. In addition, Whalen is a member of the Maumee Valley Chefs Association, which is a part of the American Culinary Federation, and is currently employed at the Toledo Country Club in Toledo. Following graduation, the Libbey High School graduate plans to continue her education at Michigan State University and pursue a bachelor’s degree in food science, eventually becoming a flavor chemist.

Owens’ Food, Nutrition and Hospitality programs offer students the opportunity to pursue either an associate’s degree or a certificate while preparing for a variety of career options within the hospitality management, dietetics and culinary arts profession.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit