Ameren Culinary scholarship

Ameren Illinois employees Stacey Young, Community Relations Manager, and Abby Helm, Community Relations Coordinator, present a $2,000 check for the Richland Community College Culinary Scholarship program to Scott Sanchez, Makayla Moran, Chef Brian Tucker, Director and Instructor at Culinary Arts Institute, and Julie Melton, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

To help open the doors for a career in the culinary arts, Ameren Illinois partnered with Richland Community College Foundation to support the Culinary Scholarship Dinner.

Proceeds from the dinner directly impact culinary students by helping offset the cost of attending the Richland Culinary Arts Institute. It gives students the opportunity to prepare for a career and even take a trip to Italy to learn and experience different cuisines and cooking techniques.

“The Culinary Arts Institute is grateful for the continued support of Ameren,” said Chef Brian Tucker, Director and Instructor, Culinary Arts Institute. “Their support helps students overcome barriers to their education and ensures that they can thrive while pursuing their dreams.”

The grant funds were made through the Ameren Cares program which is one way Ameren Illinois is assisting communities within its service territory through charitable giving and volunteering. Brian Brackney, Regional Director of Electric Operations for Ameren Illinois said the key focus of the Ameren Cares program is to partner with organizations like the Richland Community College Foundation to empower the communities it serves.

“We are proud to continue our support of Richland Community College Foundation and the Culinary Arts Institute,” said Brackney. “By providing students with the opportunity to follow a career path they love, we are planting the seeds of success for their future.”