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Taste Of Buffalo Grants Scholarships To Five Western New York Seniors

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Thu, Jul 3rd 2008 09:55 am
July 03, 2008 - In an effort to support local area high school seniors in their pursuit of higher education in the food service and hospitality industries, The Taste of Buffalo is pleased to announce this year's five Western New York scholarship winners, who will each receive $1,000.

"As an event that involves such a large part of the Western New York community, we enjoy giving back to those who support us and a scholarship fund is a great way to do just that," said Kevin Cavalieri, 2008 Taste of Buffalo chairperson.

The scholarship fund, which began in 1997, has awarded more than $25,000 over the past ten years to help Erie and Niagara County residents who will attend two or four year schools in the upcoming fall. The winners, who were chosen based upon several criteria including academic achievement, experience, recommendations, and community involvement, are as follows:

• Mary Gibson from Holland High School who will attend Niagara University for hospitality management

• Scott Kollig from Clarence High School who will attend Culinary Institute of America for culinary arts, baking and pastry arts

• Salvatore Mendola from Kenmore East Senior High School who will attend Johnson and Wales University for culinary arts

• Taylor Niceforo from Nardin Academy who will attend Johnson and Wales University for hotel management and lodging

• Jessica Shaw from Mount St. Mary Academy who will attend Niagara County Community College for baking and pastry arts

The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops, which this year celebrates its 25th year of "fun by the forkful" is set for July 12 and 13 along Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. The Taste is the nation's second largest food festival, attracting almost 450,000 people annually to the event. For more information, visit www.tasteofbuffalo.com.

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