Gonnella Frozen Products, LLC, a part of the Gonnella Baking Company Family announced plans to invest in the future of the baking industry, 125 years after founder Alessandro Gonnella baked his first loaf of bread. As part of a yearlong celebration in honor of Gonnella’s 125th anniversary this year, the Chicago-based, family owned and operated company is offering its “Rising to the Top” scholarship. This is an $18,000 value, which includes a tuition scholarship plus room and board for one qualified baker to attend and complete American Institute of Baking (AIB) Science and Technology Resident Course in Manhattan, KS, next year.

“After 125 years of building our business, we want to give back to the baking industry, which has given Gonnella so much over the years,” said Meg McDonnell, Gonnella’s vice president of sales.

AIB’s 16-week program provides students with nearly 600 hours of coursework in subjects ranging from bread and roll production to production/operations management. The school’s well respected program and instructors are known for adapting to the latest technology, techniques and equipment used by real world bakers.

“Gonnella’s commitment to quality is an important part of our success,” said McDonnell. “We hope aspiring bakers who share our commitment to quality apply for this great opportunity to advance their baking skills.”

Potential applicants must have earned their high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate in order to be considered while meeting the following requirements:

Completed two years of professional baking experience in a commercial operation.

Have earned AIB Certified Baker status.

Received an overall score of 70% or higher in AIB’s Science of Baking.

Submitting a completed application form along with resume, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.

Applications are due by Sept. 1, 2011 and the winner will be selected by the AIB. Gonnella and the AIB will announce a winner later this year. A scholarship application form and more information about Gonnella’s full line of products are available by visiting the company’s website, http://www.gonnella.com/aboutnews_rising.htm.