Seasons Employee Receives $5,000 Roasterie Scholarship

24 Jun 2015
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Dining student employee Samantha Wenndt has been named the recipient of a $5,000 Roasterie Scholarship.

The award, which is given through a collaboration with Kansas City-based coffee supplier The Roasterie, is presented to an ISU Dining student employee majoring in dietetics; food science; culinary science; hotel, restaurant and institution management; or a related area of study. Wenndt is pursuing degrees in event management and hospitality management.

The Roasterie’s founder, Danny O’Neill, graduated from Iowa State with double majors in international studies and political science in 1983, with a structured minor in economics. His first experience picking coffee came while studying abroad in Costa Rica during high school.

“When Danny O’Neill came to Iowa State, his education wouldn’t have been possible without scholarships,” said Todd Izzo, Bean Builder at The Roasterie. “He has always been thankful for that generosity, and it is important to Danny, as someone who benefited from scholarships, to pass on the same generosity.”

More than 1,800 students seek employment with ISU Dining each year. Funds for The Roasterie scholarship are based upon annual purchases at ISU Dining locations across Iowa State’s campus.

“We are grateful for this partnership between The Roasterie and ISU Dining,” said Kristi Patel, Assistant Director for Retail Operations at ISU Dining. “They not only provide us with a quality coffee product that we feature in our campus cafés, but also give back to the students at Iowa State University by providing a scholarship fund for our student employees.”


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