Meet Jennifer “Jay” – Recipient of Assistance League Scholarship

Community Culinary School of Charlotte has chosen Jay to receive Assistance League of Charlotte’s scholarship, which pays for one student’s Workforce Development training.

Jay is from Queens, NY. She was born in the projects and lost her father when she was young. The third of five children, she spent most of her childhood in and out of foster homes – something she shares freely, because it’s part of her story and has shaped her into the hardworking, motivated person she is today. Her 11-year-old daughter named Loyalty is at the center of every decision Jay makes.

Until recently, Jay viewed cooking as a hobby. Now, she craves stability and wants a career with a steady income to provide Loyalty with the things she never had. Although she was accepted to Johnson and Wales, her younger brother Isaiah kept encouraging her to consider CCSC instead. (Isaiah is a graduate of Class 63!) Jay did her homework, wanting to make sure that her daughter had a stable environment before committing to either school. With the support of Isaiah and a friend, she felt ready to give culinary training her full attention. She chose CCSC because it’s affordable and offers hands-on experience to people just like her.

After graduation, Jay hopes to work in a nice uptown restaurant, where the meal is an experience – not just food. She wants to hone her skills and build her credentials to earn the right to be called Chef.

Jay is so appreciative to the Assistance League of Charlotte, whose support is paying for the cost of her training at CCSC.



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