Hospitality Alumnus Receives McCormick Scholarship



Hospitality Alumnus Receives McCormick Scholarship

Laurent Bodden, a graduate of the University College of the Cayman Islands’ (UCCI) hospitality programme, will be pursuing further studies in Food and Beverage Management, thanks to the generosity of the flavour giant, McCormick & Company’s McCormick Global Ingredients Limited (MGIL) and its Wendy Bullock Lifetime Achievement Bursary.

“Laurent is a promising, talented young man who has maintained constant focus and discipline throughout his academic career at UCCI,” said Mr. Wayne Jackson, Director of the School of Hospitality Studies (SHS).

The budding hospitality professional stood out among his peers, according to Mr. Jackson. “Laurent’s determination and commitment was evident from the beginning, but his potential for success in the industry became even more apparent as he impressed his mentors with his work ethic and willingness to sharpen his skills.”

MGIL has pledged US$5,000 annually for ten years to support Caymanian graduates of the School of Hospitality Studies to pursue further studies in Culinary and Food and Beverage. The scholars may have the opportunity to spend a week at McCormick to explore diverse career opportunities in the food industry, with the prospect of a summer internship.

Managing Director of MGIL, Donald Pratt, welcomed the decision, saying, “We congratulate Laurent on receiving the first ‘Wendy Bullock Lifetime Achievement Bursary’, in honour of the 49 years Wendy dedicated to McCormick.  Laurent is a very worthy recipient, achieving an exceptional standard in his chosen course and we are delighted to play a part in helping him achieve his full potential. By investing in Laurent’s further education, and that of future recipients, we are investing in the future of Cayman and hope to inspire the Islands’ young people to consider the pursuit of a career in the food industry.”

The scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit, and the scholarship committee will give special attention to scholastic, sporting, and civic attainments, as well as to candidates’ character and ability to lead. Laurent, who also shines as a football star and has actively participated in on and off campus events, was deemed deserving of the opportunity.

Dr. Stacy R. McAfee, President and CEO of UCCI offered her congratulations and said, “We are very proud of Laurent whose exemplary performance has allowed him to pursue his dreams with the generous support of McCormick, a regular contributor to the well-being of this community.”

As Dr. McAfee leads with her vision for a student-centred, suitably resourced UCCI, she underscored the importance of such opportunities for graduates as they prepare to take their place in society. “UCCI provides a student-centred education that allows each person to develop unique gifts and talents while preparing for a meaningful life and rewarding career. Scholarships from and cooperative learning experiences with employers ensure clear pathways to employment and enhance workforce readiness for Caymanians,” she said.

Laurent has been accepted into the Johnson and Wales University in Florida and plans to pursue a successful career in the hospitality industry upon his return.

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavour.  With $5.3 billion in annual sales, the company manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry – retail outlets, food manufacturers and food service businesses. McCormick was named as one of DiversityInc’s Top 50 for Diversity in 2018 and is also listed in Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies and Corporate Knights Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies in 2019. The organisation operates in over 150 countries and territories and employs over 12,000 people. Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick.  McCormick Brings the Joy of Flavor to Life™.

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