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Ann and John Stewman, longstanding friends of the university, have once again answered the call to help our students. This year, the Stewmans gave JWU an additional gift of more than $22,000 toward the endowed scholarship fund they established almost a decade ago. This fund supports culinary arts students who demonstrate excellence in their studies as well as financial need.

The name of the fund, the Guggenmos Endowed Scholarship for Culinary Excellence, is poignant. The Stewmans were introduced to Chef Karl Guggenmos ’93, ’02 M.B.A., university dean of culinary education, several years ago during an event for the Chaîne de Rôtisseurs in Charleston, S.C. At that time, Guggenmos was the dean of culinary arts at the Charleston Campus. That meeting led to an immediate connection, and a strong friendship grew over the years. As a way to honor and recognize Guggenmos, the Stewmans established the scholarship by making their first major gift to JWU. They remain the primary and largest donors to this fund.

They didn’t stop there, however. The close friendship and passion for the culinary industry led them to successfully enlist the support of many of their friends to make additional gifts toward the scholarship fund. Since that time, the endowment has grown to almost $100,000. Each year, a Charlotte student receives a significant award from the fund. “It has been so meaningful for us to support JWU students and also honor our dear friend Chef Karl Guggenmos through the Guggenmos Scholarship,” says John Stewman. “We remain committed to the students who will someday be the leaders in the culinary arts field.” Interested in establishing or contributing to a scholarship fund to support JWU students? Contact Page Sciotto at 401-598-2145.

Image l-r: Chef Karl Guggenmos ’93, ’02 M.B.A., university dean of culinary education, scholarship donors, Ann and John Stewman and Kimberly Boland ’10