by Ward Mullens, Published August 12, 2010
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University student Thomas Benoit was recently honored with the Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS).
Benoit, of Milan, was one of only four students in the country to receive the $5,000 scholarship.
"This is my first ever scholarship, so this moment for me is significant and extraordinary," said Benoit, 35, a senior in the dietetics program. "I am deeply appreciative for their selection and investment in my future. This award will help fund the final year of my undergraduate studies at EMU."
Benoit worked for Ford Motor Co. for 10 years, before taking a buyout and returning to school.
"At this point, my interests are directed towards health promotion and disease prevention," Benoit said. "School nutrition and foodservice management have appealed to me on several levels. First, I have a concern towards the national obesity epidemic and would like to concentrate on improving school nutrition and promoting healthy programs for children."
My dream is to earn my bachelors degree and registered dietitian credential and begin working in a career that has a challenging atmosphere."
"He is mature, hard-working, and motivated," said Alice Jo Rainville, professor of dietetics at EMU, who nominated Benoit for the honor.
The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS), founded in 1958, is the trade association for foodservice professionals at more than 625 institutions of higher education in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and abroad.
The Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship, named for the first executive director of the organization, is intended to provide financial support to students who demonstrate a commitment to a foodservice career.