2013 RCA Scholarship Winners

The Research Chefs Foundation (RCF) awarded 2013 scholarships to 16 students of higher learning and continuing education at this year’s Annual Awards Luncheon.  The RCF is pleased to announce that this year’s scholarship awards, totaling $37,500, represent a record number of awards granted in one year for the foundation — more than $10,000 more than 2012.    

The RCF provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships to qualified students and professionals pursuing higher learning and continuing education in Culinology® — the blending of culinary arts and food science and technology.  Since 2005, the RCF has provided more than $140,000 in scholarship monies. Scholarship recipients were formally presented their award at the RCA Annual Luncheon last month in Charlotte, NC. 

Please join us in congratulating the following 2013 RCF scholarship recipients:

2013 Michele Block Memorial Fund Scholarship

Jay Gilbert, University of Massachusetts at Amherst


2013 Bill "Pops" Hahne Memorial Scholarship Winner

David Cullinan, Culinary Institute of America


2013 RCF Higher & Continuing Education Scholarship Winners

Lea Aclan, Culinary Institute of America

Annette Benavides, South Texas College

Lisa Michelle Burkey-Jeeves, Le Cordon Bleu

Clinton Hervert, Cornell University

Katherine Langel, Southwest Minnesota State University

Crystal Lin, Chapman University

Rafael Martin del Campo, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Lindsay Shackelford, Clemson University

Taaj Smith, Gwinnett Technical College

Karol Chin, Rice and Company

Barton Dewing, CRC®, American Pie and Flavors


2013 RCF-Gum Technology Corporation Hydrocolloids Culinology® Scholarship Winner

Krystal Jochims, Southwest Minnesota State University


2013 RCF-CuliNex Organic & Natural Foods Culinology® Scholarship Winner

Ashley Wize, Ivy Tech Community College


2013 RCF PepsiCo Performance with Purpose Culinology Scholarship Winner

Harvey Kornfeld, CRC, University of Georgia


2014 Scholarship opportunities will be posted in the coming weeks. For a listing of available scholarships and application deadlines, please visit