For the Love of Chocolate Foundation provides scholarships for qualified students in the specialized training of the pastry arts. The foundation awards scholarships to students in the full-time programs taught by The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College. For the Love of Chocolate Foundation promotes commitment in pastry arts education for individuals looking to change careers, as well as individuals who have shown potential in the culinary field but who have no formal pastry education.
The goal of the scholarships is to encourage and assist aspiring students, career changers, and culinary career professionals to advance their knowledge of the pastry arts. The program is specifically geared toward individuals who are in need of financial assistance. The French Pastry School's full-time programs not only trains students in the art of pastry, but they also educate them about the pastry profession.
Through the generosity of the foundation’s sponsors, alumni, industry vendors and associates, scholarship funding to offset tuition is available to all new students on a first-come first-served basis, through a competitive application process.
Scholarships are disbursed in increments determined by the board of directors. The award is disbursed directly to The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College for a student in a full-time program. Funds typically cover partial tuition for L’Art de la Pâtisserie or L'Art du Gâteau programs.
HONORARY CHAIR PERSON - Abigail Wodrich
Abby, the daughter of Lisa and David Wodrich, was born nine weeks before her scheduled arrival and one day after the tragic death of her twin sister. Abby was in the neonatal care unit in Indiana, then transferred to Children's Memorial Hospital, where for 16 weeks, the doctors and nurses worked around the clock to help her survive. As a result of an unforeseen twin complication that took the life of her sister and greatly diminished oxygen rich blood to Abby's vital organs, Abby had less than 5% kidney function and was in dire need of a kidney transplant. Her father David was screened as a donor and was a match. The two of them had surgery in 2007 that allowed Abby to lead a more fulfilling life.
All funds raised at For the Love of Chocolate in 2006 went to assist them in helping defray the medical costs of the transplant surgery and lifelong prescriptions. The family shared the proceeds with Children's Memorial Hospital NICU to ensure that more babies will receive the help they need to survive and to say "thank you" for saving Abby.
The Wodrich Family—David, Lisa, Ethan and Abigail
STATUS AND FINANCIALS
For the Love of Chocolate Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.