Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announces student winners of annual European Competition for study abroad experience

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne hosted its annual European Competition on Friday. Ten Hospitality Administration students in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts spent the day competing for a chance to win a scholarship that would fund a trip to study culinary arts in Italy this spring.

2023 European Competition winners from left: Grant Wolfe, Natalie Wright, Ashlyn Young, Isabelle Sims, Maggie Becraft, Esther Powers, and Kattia Tarnow.

Seven students won the opportunity to travel to Italy: Grant Wolfe, Natalie Wright, Ashlyn Young, Isabelle Sims, Maggie Becraft, Esther Powers, and Kattia Tarnow.

“We’re so excited to be able to reward our Hospitality Administration students with this incredible opportunity,” says Amanda Parkinson, Hospitality Administration program chair. “It’s so hard to narrow down the winners because everyone has worked so hard the past two years. They all did amazing, and we’re really proud.”

Culinary students prepared a meal with an appetizer; an entrée with a protein, vegetable, and starch; and a dessert. Baking students prepared items including plated chocolate and fruit desserts, yeast bread and rolls, and a decorated cake.

Kitchen judges watched and rated students as they worked, paying attention to technique and ability. Floor judges blind tasted the completed meals. Judges based their scores on American Culinary Federation (ACF) criteria, and to be considered for the European trip, students must place at bronze standard or higher.

Based on students’ experiences in Italy, they will create the menu for this year’s A Reason to Taste, the College’s largest annual fundraiser. Money raised at A Reason to Taste funds scholarships for the winning students’ European trips.

“I’ve never done anything like this before and appreciate getting the chance to compete,” says Maggie Becraft. “Going to Italy was always something that I dreamed about, but I never knew I’d get to experience it while also learning new things about a subject I love. I think the fact that Ivy Tech offers opportunities like this for us is amazing.”

Three students to earn scholarships from social media project announced

Three Ivy Tech Community College Northeast students have been awarded a scholarship from the #IAmTheI project. The #IAmTheI project invited students to take a photo of themselves with the green “vy” statue in front of the Student Life Center on North Campus; share the photo on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram; and write “#IAmTheI because …”, sharing why they are the “I” in “Ivy Tech.” The photos with the most likes, shares, and comments earned the student one of three scholarships.

The students to receive the scholarships are

  • Karina Vazquez, a general studies student from Fort Wayne who earned first place, a $1,000 scholarship; #IAmTheI because I want to inspire future generations to pursue their dreams regardless of how big they are.



  • Nick Jones, a visual communications student from Butler who earned second place, a $500 scholarship; #IAmTheI because I’m hoping to have my Visual Communications degree next year in order to help pursue my passion for film production.



  • Danielle Lambert, a dual credit student from Bluffton who earned third place, a $250 scholarship; #IAmTheI because I can’t wait to take college classes still being considered a high school senior. I am excited to have such a great school so close to home. Ivy Tech will help me achieve my career goals and further my education!



The project received more than two dozen entries, earning Ivy Tech Northeast nearly 2,000 interactions through students’ photos.

Find the full rules at bit.ly/IAmTheIInIvy.

Why are you the ‘I’ in Ivy Tech? Tell us & you could get up to $1k for spring classes

Been in the Student Life Center lately? Maybe you’ve noticed that bright green “vy” statue outside off to the left of the front door.

The statue debuted at graduation in spring 2016

The statue debuted at graduation in spring 2016. Check out the video below to see it in action.

See what’s missing? The “I”!

The statue is an homage to the I in Indy sign, and ours is even made by Ivy Tech Northeast students. Cool, right?

We want to see you serve as the I in Ivy: Have someone take your photo as the I, then share it on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram with the verbiage #IAmTheI because and fill in the blank! Maybe you’re the I in Ivy because you’re finally following your dream. Maybe it’s because after you graduate, you’ll be able to go on and get a four-year degree. Maybe it’s because you love proving to your family that you can do it. Whatever your reason, we want to know!

The #IAmTheI project will run through the end of September. Then, the photos with the most interactions–likes, comments, and shares combined–will get you one of three scholarships, worth $250, $500, and $1,000 for the spring 2017 semester. (Find the full rules and regulations online.)

Not a student? That’s OK–everyone is invited to participate! You might not be eligible for the scholarship, but we want to know why everyone is the I in Ivy.

Good luck, everyone!

VOTING CLOSED. Who should get $3k to Ivy Tech Northeast? Vote for your favorite video

One of these three finalists is going to receive a $3,000 scholarship to Ivy Tech Northeast—and you’re going to help decide who!

Last semester, we searched for the best student- or applicant-produced video to tell us why he or she loved Ivy Tech Northeast in Show Me the Scholarship! We looked for videos that were honest and light-hearted. We wanted to see a student having fun, someone who seemed to enjoy college, and we wanted to see a lot of creativity.

We received a dozen entries and have narrowed it down to three finalists. But now we want your help. Here are the three Show Me the Scholarship! finalists’ videos: Give them a watch, and vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of this post. Be sure to share this to encourage more voting!

Voting ends at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, and we’ll announce the winner on Green Light on Jan. 16.

Thanks to everyone who submitted a video, and good luck to the finalists!

Daniel Hart

Brianna Lehman

Kama Erpelding

Chad Craig walk/run to benefit Ivy Tech Foundation for student scholarships

When Chad Craig, a local man with cystic fibrosis, died in May 2009, his family and friends started the Charles “Chad” Craig Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

The scholarship foundation needed one more fundraiser to hit its $10,000 endowment goal, and thus, the Chad Craig Fun Run was born. All money will serve as scholarships to benefit students in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Respiratory Care program and one senior in cross country at Fremont High School, where Chad was a runner.

The one-mile walk/5k run will take place at 9 a.m. Aug. 3 at Angola Middle School, 1350 E. Maumee St., Angola. To register, mail your name, signature, date, full address, phone number, email address, birth date, shirt size and emergency contact information, to Candace Biernat, 1565 W. Maumee St., Angola, IN 46703. The entry fee is $20, and checks can be made payable to the Chad Craig Scholarship Fund.

Entrants can also register online, at runrace.net. To guarantee a shirt, registration is due by July 20.