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John Pepper, Disney will partner with Cincinnati State for scholarship project

September 14, 2010

Representatives of the Walt Disney World Resort and College Program will visit Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Oct. 14 and 15 to help raise funds for the Cincinnati State Disney Scholarship Project.

This project provides $1,000 scholarships toward tuition and books at Cincinnati State to students who successfully complete the Disney College Program, essentially a co-op experience at the Disney resorts.

The Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, along with the College's hospitality program, has a longstanding partnership with the Walt Disney World Resort. Scores of Cincinnati State students have worked in the kitchens and throughout the resort properties at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, taking advantage of the unparalleled customer service training offered by Disney.

Students are compensated for their work and receive a stipend toward their housing costs, but most incur other expenses during their stay.

Next month's Disney Scholarship Project at Cincinnati State has two broad themes, one involving corporate leadership training, the other the kitchens of the Midwest Culinary Institute.

The participants in the two-day program include John Pepper, Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company and the former Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble; Lee Cockerell, who before his retirement ran Walt Disney World Resort for a decade; Erin Wallace, Senior Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World Resort and Jean-Robert de Cavel, Chef in Residence at the Midwest Culinary Institute.

Among the scheduled events:

  • Oct. 14: Professional Development Seminar – Conversations with Disney executives on leadership and teamwork hosted by Erin Wallace, Senior Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World Resort. Free event for students, faculty and staff.
  • Oct. 14: Taste of Disney – Food and Wine tasting using the recipes from Walt Disney World chefs featuring Disney College Program Chef Pauli Milotte. Tickets are available for $50; seating is limited.
  • Oct. 15: Training with Disney Executives – John Pepper, Chairman of the Board, Walt Disney World Resort, and Lee Cockerell, Retired Executive, Walt Disney World Resort. Tickets are $250.
  • Oct. 15: Black Tie Scholarship Dinner and Silent Auction – “An Enchanted Evening” hosted by Certified Master Chef John Kinsella and members of the World Master Chefs Society, Meg Galvin and Jim Myatt of the Midwest Culinary Institute and featuring celebrity chefs Jean-Robert de Cavel (Chef in Residence of the Midwest Culinary Institute and the proprietor of Jean Robert's Table) and Todd Kelly of Orchids Restaurant. Tickets are $300 each.

Click here to make reservations for the ticketed events.
 

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