Lerner Profiles Aramark Scholars

Each semester, a group of students at the Alfred Lerner College of Business at the University of Delaware in the hotel, restaurant, and institutional management (HRIM) program are selected as Aramark Scholars. The Aramark Scholars program, which is sponsored by Aramark Educational Services, is designed to educate the best HRIM students at the University of Delaware while exposing them to Aramark’s operations and managment through unique internship experiences. Aramark scholars train their peers, teach classes, and build their management skills and experience as leaders in the University of Delaware’s student-operated restaurant, Vita Nova. The scholars also have the opportunity to meet with Aramark leaders, including UD alumnus and vice president of global risk control Allan Fernandes. 

“Aramark Scholars enrich the HRIM students’ learning experiences in the fall and spring semesters during the Vita Nova lunch and dinner classes,” said Sheryl Kline, the chair of hotel, restaurant, and institutional management. “This program integrates industry into the curriculum and provides a high-impact learning experience for our Aramark Scholars and all the students in the Vita Nova courses.”

Recently, UD representatives interviewed the Aramark scholars to learn more about their experiences with the program.

“It’s an honor to be called a chef,” said Alison Sprong, a current HRIM student and Aramark Scholar. “That’s a title you have to earn. When the students started calling me ‘chef,’ that changed my entire perspective on the major. That was a turning point for me.”

“We really take the time to learn about professionalism and setting specific standards for the way to treat others,” said Miriam Hughes, another current student and Aramark Scholar. “I value the information that I’ve been learning in this program, as it is also applicable to living a successful life.”

To learn more about the current Aramark Scholars, visit their profiles on the University of Delaware website.


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