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Aurora Yanto Poblete Scholarship

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Nanette Poblete
1 winner$1,030
Application Deadline
Dec 23, 2022
Winners Announced
Jan 23, 2023
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior or undergraduate student
Field of Study:
Culinary arts

Aurora Yanto Poblete was a beloved mother who raised seven children on her own.

Aurora used food as her love language to show her family how much she cared about them, recognizing that food could be a form of expression and a way to make the world a better place. She was extremely proud of her Filipino Heritage. By teaching her children how to cook authentic Filipino dishes, she knew this part of her history would continue on.

This scholarship aims to honor the life of Aurora Yanto Poblete by supporting female students pursuing careers in the culinary arts.

Any female high school senior or undergraduate student who is studying culinary arts may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us about the person or culture that inspired you to pursue a career in the culinary arts.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published September 27, 2022
Essay Topic

Was it a person or your culture that influenced your decision to pursue a career in culinary arts?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Samantha Harrington
Collin County Community College DistrictMcKinney, TX
Hello my name is Samantha Harrington and I would say that a person was the biggest influence in my decision to pursue a career in culinary arts because these people opened up my eyes to the beautiful art that is food. I have been interested in culinary arts since I was about 10 years old, however, I have always been a very picky eater so going into culinary seemed like a poor career choice at first. I think my pickiness came from growing up around my grandma's cooking which looked so fun, but more often than not, was not visually appealing. I knew there had to be more to this career than just "old fashioned" cooking, for lack of a better term of course. So when I discovered desserts and pastries made by culinary artists such as Fauchon, Maison Laduree, and Amaury Guichon, it was the hope I was looking for and I knew I had to be a part of something so fantastic. If you have not seen some of the creations crafted by these chefs, I would have to say you are missing out. They are beautifully crafted pieces with such exotic pairings there is absolutely no comparison. These desserts range from french macaroons, which I have yet to perfect, to working gumball machines made out of chocolate, which I have yet to try but someday hope to. This idea of creating edible art captures so much of my attention that I lose myself in this other world. I could spend days in the kitchen with these chefs, without a thought of anything else. I also think culture is a big reference in my field of study as well. I have taken a big liking to European and French pastries and though I am not French, there is nothing that I would love more for my life than to study French pastry specifically. That would then allow me to fulfill my dream of opening a European/French-style Patisserie here in the United States. That way, I can make visually and sensually appealing, edible art like these amazing artisans and include a beautiful cuisine that you don't often see traditionally in America. I can honestly say that if I am ever half as talented and achieve half the notoriety of these chefs, I will have completed one of my lifelong dreams. Thank you for this amazing opportunity! - Samantha Harrington


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Dec 23, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jan 23, 2023.

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