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McKayla Dietzen from DePere, WI awarded WBA Scholarship

In addition to the 2016 Robert W. Hiller Scholarship, the Wisconsin Bakers Association (WBA) also has awarded the WBA Scholarship this year.  Congratulations to this year’s WBA Scholarship recipient, McKayla Dietzen, from DePere, WI.  Dietzen will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY this fall.

In her essay, Dietzen said, “Every time I think about doing what I am most passionate about every day, my heart swells with excitement.  Thinking about my future, I smile, knowing I will be doing what I love the most.”

Dietzen has worked at Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe in her hometown of DePere, WI since 2013.  Her responsibilities include customer service and decorating cakes and cookies.  Dietzen hopes to return to Wisconsin after graduation to open a bakery of her own where she can put her skills, education, and passion to use making others happy with her desserts.

“Thank you so much for awarding me with the Wisconsin Bakers Association Scholarship!” said Dietzen.  “I am truly honored to receive a scholarship from such a well acclaimed organization, especially one so dedicated to helping young students, like myself, follow their passion for baking.”

This $1,000 scholarship has been awarded annually since 1984 to Wisconsin students in the baking profession. More than $26,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to students through the WBA Scholarship. Scholarship applications are accepted throughout the year and more than one scholarship may be awarded per year.  The application for this scholarship can be found on the WBA website at