Two recent Marple Newtown High School grads will have no reason to fear the dreaded college tuition bill.
Randy Tran, who completed the culinary arts and food service management program through Delaware County Technical High School, was awarded a full tuition scholarship to Johnson & Wales University.
Lauren Holt is one of seven incoming freshmen at Swarthmore College chosen to receive a full tuition grant as a McCabe Scholar.
“Randy and Lauren represent the excellence that we expect from all of our students, as every student is expected to stretch his or her potential and come to school each day bringing his or her best,” said Superintendent Dr. Carol Cary. “Both of them are on paths that satisfy their unique interests and goals.”
Tran was one of 11 local students who entered the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) competition. Since its inception in 1990, the national non-profit has worked with more than 17,000 students, awarding in excess of $50 million in scholarships and providing job training and internships, college and lifetime career support, teacher training and product and equipment donations to classrooms.
The local honors ranged from several hundred dollars for college summer boot camps to Tran’s four-year figure of $121,584.
As a Johnson & Wales student, Tran will continue the food preparation, front of the house management, inventory control, safety, sanitation and business management skills he began the last four years. Notable alumni of the Providence, Rhode Island-based university include chefs Tyler Florence and Emeril Lagasse and businessman Rob Palleschi, president and CEO, TGI Fridays.
“Some of our most famous chefs have graduated from this school,” said Cary. “Randy received the largest scholarship of all his classmates and I am so proud he is from Marple Newtown.”
The McCabe Scholarship was established in 1952 by Thomas B. McCabe (Class of 1915), the former chairperson and CEO of Scott Paper. The award is significant, as Swarthmore’s tuition for the 2017-2018 school year will be $50,424.
The scholarship places emphasis on ability, character, personality, leadership and service to school and community and candidates are chosen among admitted students. Holt is one of two recipients from Southeastern Pennsylvania (Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties); two scholarships are also given to students from the Delmarva Peninsula, two from the balance of the United States and one international student.
“I visited Swarthmore the first time in spring 2016 and went back this year for an interview and tour,” she said. “That was when I decided, ‘I really want to go here.’”
Holt plans to major in neuroscience on the path to medical school and neurosurgery. While she admits she “doesn’t want to leave high school and doesn’t like change,” she is no doubt anticipating the fall semester.
“I’m excited to be starting college,” said Holt. “It will be wonderful to be surrounded by such intelligent and passionate people for the next four years.”