Gonnella Baking Company Awards Scholarships
CHICAGO (March 12, 2012) - Gonnella Frozen Products, LLC, a part of the Gonnella Baking Company Family, has awarded two "Rising to the Top" scholarships to students at the American Institute of Baking (AIB) in Manhattan, Kansas.
Two AIB students - Tiffany Rubio and Freddie Thomas, both of Junction City, Kansas - have received scholarships of $7,000 each. The funds cover the majority of tuition for AIB's Science and Technology Resident Course and combine with other existing scholarships to ensure both students can attend the school for free.
"Gonnella is thrilled to support these outstanding bakers who share our commitment to quality," said Meg McDonnell, Gonnella's vice president of sales.
Rubio and Thomas were awarded scholarships because of their professional and academic qualifications and years of experience within the baking industry. Gonnella also recognized both students for their military service within the culinary services departments as further rationale for awarding the scholarships.
Both students are currently participating in AIB's Baking Science and Technology Course. AIB's 16-week program provides students with nearly 600 hours of coursework in subjects ranging from bread and roll production to production/operations management. The school's respected programs and instructors are known for adapting to the latest technology, techniques and equipment used by real world bakers.
Gonnella announced the "Rising to the Top" scholarship program last year as part of a yearlong celebration in honor of the Chicago-based, family-owned and operated company's 125 th anniversary.
"After 125 years of building our business, we wanted to give back to the baking industry, which has given Gonnella so much over the years," said McDonnell.More information about Gonnella's full line of products is available by visiting the company's website, www.gonnella.com .
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Founded in 1886 and celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011, the Gonnella Baking Company produces over four million pounds of product weekly at three Chicago area facilities in addition to its newest plant in Hazle Township , Pennsylvania . As a high quality supplier for the in-store bakery and food service industries, Gonnella offers several product lines within the fresh baked, Baked Frozen and frozen dough categories. For more information, visit www.gonnella.com .