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AUBURN — Benjamin Simpson of Turner is the first recipient of a $500 American Culinary Federation-endowed scholarship at Central Maine Community College, according to the college and Maine chapter of the ACF.

A second-year student, Simpson is on track to earn his associate degree in applied science in culinary arts in May. With aspirations to work in a bakery, this scholarship allows him relief and the ability to focus on his studies.

“Words aren’t enough to express my gratitude, especially with COVID-19. It felt great being able to help (my family) when the going got rough,” said Simpson, according to a news release from the college. “This scholarship has been able to help me afford my housing and definitely took a weight off of my shoulders.”

The foundation last November presented a check for more than $10,000 to establish an endowed scholarship fund with the CM Foundation. This scholarship directly benefits Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management students at CMCC.

“The endowed scholarship … enables students the chance to overcome barriers, allowing them to pursue their love of cooking and baking,” said Austin Perreault, chairman of the Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management programs at CMCC. “We feel very thankful for their dedication and support.”

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