Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Robert W. Hiller Scholarship, a national scholarship established through the Wisconsin Bakers Association (WBA). This year marks the tenth year the award has been given to a student studying in the area of baking/pastry arts.
This year’s recipient is Samantha Dusek from Tacoma, Washington. Dusek is a student at Johnson and Wales University in Denver, CO. She was one of five finalists for the award. The other finalists were Hannah Borochaner, Molly Dion, Marie Feldpausch, and Jacqueline Lyden.
In her essay for the scholarship, Dusek said she has always loved being in the kitchen and loves all types of foods, especially deserts. Her dream was to one day make baking her career. Dusek said her passion is to make people happy by giving them something delicious to enjoy. She loves baking so much, that she was driven to get an education that could fuel her desire to bake.
Dusek enters her second year at Johnson and Wales this fall. She will graduate with the class of 2016 with a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, along with Food Service Management.
Two WBA board members serve on the Education Committee for the scholarship. Dave Weber of Weber’s Bakery in Lodi, Wis., and Susan Bice of Sweetheart Cakes in Port Washington, Wis. picked Dusek as this year’s winner.