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Tammy Reagan, TAP Case Manager
Orange County, NY
I have been working with Charles Lewis from 1/11/07 to the current date. He volunteered to be a part of the T.A.P. program and has been a success with all his goals. T.A.P. is designed to help consumers transition from structured living for substance abuse to independent living. Charles has successfully transitioned to independent living. Charles has several health issues and is in the process of receiving SSI. Although Charles will be a candidate for SSI he is still perusing a life long dream to become a chef. Charles has been accepted to C. I. A. (Culinary Institute of America). He has been attending Orange County Community college to complete his general Education requirements. In working with Charles for just under a year he has overcome several set backs and worked hard to become and independent productive member of society. Charles has worked hard at his recovery from drug addiction and has connected to community recovery support. I have enjoyed working with such a positive individual that has changed his life for the better. Charles pushes himself further then most in his situation, this scholarship would help him a great deal, I can't think of any one who deserves it more.
The culinary field has been a passion of mine since the age of 15. Today I have plans to attend school to increase my knowledge professionally in the field. In this process, I would like to also earn a associates degree in culinary arts, and afterwards establish my own business. These goals have been with me ever since I can remember and I need help getting there.
My very first job as a teenager is when and where I was introduce to cooking. I was hired to work as a dishwasher for a catering service. During the first year on the job, I became interested in cooking and ended up earning the position of being a part time cook on the weekends. This experience inspired me to pursue a career in the culinary arts field. During my junior and senior years of high school I attended culinary courses at a vocational technical school, and after high school I worked in a few restaurants and institutions as a cook for over twenty years.
With my past experiences, I feel confident enough to challenge myself at working on my goals of earning a degree and owning and operating a restaurant and catering establishment. To accomplish these goals, I need to attend a school of higher learning, because I lack business management experience of the trade. I have research various schools all over the country and made a decision to apply to the Culinary Institute of America. I chose this school because of its location and reputable program, in which will suit my needs sufficiently for what I need to learn.
The campus location is a twenty to twenty five minutes ride from where I live. The instructors that teach there are renowned chefs with successful businesses or have experiences at managing successful businesses, and come from different cultures and countries. The schools business management program has a greater rate of successful alumni s than any other culinary school. The tuition cost of an associate's degree is approximately $55,000. Due to my circumstances of recently moving out of an halfway house and completing a year and eight months worth of group therapy treatment for substance abuse, I have very little resources for receiving funds to assist me in paying full tuition and other related expenses.
I will be sincerely grateful to be chosen a qualified percipient for the scholarship program, in which will help me achieve the goals I set forth.