Congratulations to the recipients of For the Love of Chocolate Scholarships. Leading up to our For the Love of Chocolate Scholarship Foundation's Annual Fundraising Gala in February 2016, the Chicago-based French Pastry School will be highlighting students of The French Pastry School whose pastry dreams have come true because of the foundation's support.

Get to know scholarship recipient Leah Newton in this interview and then mark your calendar for the 11th Annual For the Love of Chocolate Gala in February 2016. All ticket proceeds will go to funding future scholarships.

FPS: What has been the most surprising or eye-opening moment for you so far in the program?

Leah Newton: It is crazy how much you can learn in such a short period of time. One week I'm making plated desserts, the next I'm doing sugar work... I never imagined myself making sugar and chocolate showpieces, but low and behold I did and can make them!

Thanks to our sponsors and individual benefactors who support For the Love of Chocolate Foundation, students of L'Art de la Pâtisserie and L'Art du Gâteau are able to pursue an education at The French Pastry School , and start their path toward becoming tomorrow's pastry chefs and cake artists. These future pastry professionals will make the world a sweeter place.