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2017 WBA Scholarship Recipient

2017 WBA Scholarship Awarded to Tamara Hess, Madison College

The Wisconsin Bakers Association (WBA) is pleased to announced this year’s WBA Scholarship recipient.  The 2017 WBA Scholarship was presented to Tamara Hess, from Platteville, WI at the Midwest Foodservice Expo on March 13, 2017.  Hess is currently attending Madison College and will be graduating this spring with a technical diploma.


WBA’s Scholarship & Education Chairperson, Tony Nieto (holding the check) presented Tamara Hess (center) the 2017 WBA Scholarship at the Midwest Foodservice Expo. Nieto was joined by Jessica Hoover, Tamara Mugerauer, and Dave Schmidt.

In her essay, Hess said, “I chose to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville before entering the Baking and Decorative Arts program at Madison College.  I would like to own my own bakery in the future and now that I have a business degree behind me, I can truly focus on baking, decorative arts, and learning the industry.”

“Tamara exhibits a considerable talent in cake decorating and baking, and her passion for working in the baking industry is evident in her performance in the lab every day,” wrote Suzanne Daly, the Baking and Decorative Arts Program Director at Madison College. She added, “I look forward to following her career int he baking industry.”

Along with being the Assistant Manager, Hess is also a cake decorator at Dairy Queen in Platteville, WI where she’s worked since 2014.  “This scholarship will help me make my dreams come true!” said Hess. 

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