Toufayan Bakeries, one of the largest family owned and operated bakeries in the US, has awarded two $5,000 scholarships to students attending The Culinary Institute of America.

Two anonymous essay submissions were chosen from students studying Baking and Pastry Arts: recipients Lexy Slone, Leesburg, Virginia, class of 2021, and Soohyun Park, Prattville, Alabama, class of 2020. They received the Toufayan Bakeries Scholarship for the upcoming fall 2020 semester.

“With all of the current challenges students are facing during the pandemic, extra financial hardships and more, we’re proud to offer this scholarship to two individuals who are passionate about their commitment to the field of Baking and Pastry Arts – which we hold dear to our heart at Toufayan,” says Karen Toufayan, vice president of marketing and sales at Toufayan.

In addition to the scholarships, when social distancing guidelines permit, the recipients will be invited to Toufayans main bakery for a guided tour and success secrets from Toufayan’s lead bakers about the company’s almost 100-year-old pita bread recipe.