Marlene Sanchez is moving quickly to realize her dream of one day managing a major hotel. By writing a 1,000-word essay on Why I want to work in the hospitality industry, Marlene won a $6,500 scholarship from Chartwells Hospitality, the company that provides the meals for all Chicago Public School students.The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (CCAP), which provides $600,000 in scholarships annually to Chicago students planning careers as chefs, awarded Marlene $94,000, allowing her to attend the Culinary Institute of America in New York for a full 4 years.
And Marlene knows where she wants to go and how she intends to get there! She interned at Girl & the Goat Restaurant in Chicago and worked in a catering company. Currently, she is employed at Prosser High School as a Culinary Mentor. On March 28, she starts her academic career at CIA.