UPTON – Education is a gift that lasts a lifetime, and a memorial scholarship is a meaningful way to celebrate that special person while carrying their legacy forward. For the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School (BVT) culinary arts alumni, the Mr. B. Scholarship Fund, in honor of its founding culinary arts instructor, Edward Bracebridge, does that by assisting future generations of students to further their culinary training.
Bracebridge began working at BVT in 1975, as the first instructor within its culinary arts program. At that time, the shop was not yet completed, and he initially taught students out of the cafeteria. During a career that spanned 29-years, Bracebridge became known for his approach to teaching life lessons with culinary skills, serving as a mentor and confidant to many students before retiring in 2004. In addition to the memorial scholarship, the Three Seasons Restaurant at BVT, dedicated to Bracebridge in 2016, is student-operated in his memory.
Culinary arts alumni are proud to announce Olivia Corey of Millbury as the latest recipient of the 2020 Mr. B. Scholarship Fund. It annually awards a monetary amount through an essay application process to a senior in the culinary arts program, continuing in the field either in industry or post-secondary education. Corey plans to major in dietetics and applied nutrition at Johnson & Wales University in the fall.
“In years past, it was a few hundred dollars. This year we were able to increase that amount through donations and fundraising to one thousand dollars,” explained BVT Culinary Arts Instructor, Kathleen Manoogian, Class of 1998 Alum. “We just received an additional donation of $450 from ITAM Vets of Milford, which will bring this year’s scholarship to $1,450. We are so thankful to everyone who was able to donate.”
Corey credits her mentor and instructor, Kathleen Manoogian, with playing a significant role in helping her succeed.
Corey said, “As a culinary arts alum, Ms. Manoogian understood what I was experiencing and offered insightful guidance. I am thrilled to be the recipient of the M. B. Scholarship. It is an absolute honor. I will put all of my efforts into making BVT, Mr. B., and his culinary legacy proud through continued learning and culinary experience.”
“The Three Seasons Restaurant is where Olivia first honed her skills, gaining valuable experience connecting with our patrons who spoke highly of her. She volunteered during our Superintendent’s Dinners and at our 2019 Advisory Dinner as our Banquet Manager, where she oversaw and served 300 plus board members,” said Superintendent-Director Michael F. Fitzpatrick. “I was impressed with her work and skill at these events. She is a deserving recipient. Mr. B. would be proud as well. His legacy lives on in the pursuits of Olivia Corey and future generations.”
For additional information about the Mr. B. Scholarship Fund, visit www.valleytech.k12.ma.us/mrbscholarshipfund2020.
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton, and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of rigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.