Culinary Student Callihan Named Recipient of Ricupero Scholarship

Posted on 7/25/2017 5:04:06 PM

2017 Ricupero Scholarship Recipient Cassandra Callihan with Ashlyn Windslow, Elizabeth Lubold, , and Chef Lynn PikeCulinary Arts student Cassandra Callihan was awarded the Tony and Emma Ricupero Memorial Rustic Lodge Scholarship on June 29, 2017.

The scholarship, which provides financial assistance to talented and deserving students enrolled at the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts, recognizes Cassandra’s outstanding academic performance and her exemplary service to the culinary profession, the community, and the university.

A graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania, and the Bedford County Technical Center in Everett, Pa., Cassandra entered the Academy of Culinary Arts in fall 2016.  

This fall, Cassandra will continue her education at IUP in the second-year Baking and Pastry Arts program.

After completing two semesters of advanced pastry training, she will finish the program requirements with a semester of industry experience in a paid externship at the Broadmoor resort, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Tony and Emma Recupero Memorial Scholarship was established by family to “honor Tony and Emma Ricupero, whose lives embodied the ethos of the food service industry—hard work, quality service, customer satisfaction, and service to the community.”

Tony and Emma Ricupero opened the doors of the Rustic Lodge on July 5, 1945. Involved in every aspect of the Rustic Lodge, from clearing the wooded lot for their business to making the tomato sauce, baking the breads and pastries, and sewing tablecloths, they devoted their life to their family and their business,

Their time and efforts helped grow the business into the prominent and beloved institution that it is today.