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Cameron Thompson Legacy Scholarship

Cameron was a charming and warm young man; his creativity, enthusiasm, and joy were contagious. His passing left a profound impact on his colleagues at The Restaurant at Meadowood, including Christopher and Martina Kostow who together with Cameron’s mother, Tracie, and The Culinary Institute of America, established this scholarship to help increase access to professional culinary training as a pathway toward robust careers in food and hospitality for aspiring African American chefs.

The Cameron Thompson Legacy Scholarship will support diverse students pursuing the college’s 18-month Associate Degree program. Thanks to this scholarship, students would be able to participate in a rigorous, state-of-the-art, hands-on program in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts under the direction of prominent CIA chef-faculty and instructors.

Scholarships at the CIA: For nearly 75 years, The Culinary Institute of America has been widely recognized as the world’s premier culinary college. The CIA is a private, not-for-profit college, and scholarship support is often the determining factor in a student’s ability to pursue, and complete, a CIA education. The college’s programs provide the foundation of training, knowledge, and skills for professional achievement.


2024 Legacy Scholarship Recipient

Sariyha D’Angelo

We are thrilled to have recently awarded our second recipient of The Cameron Thompson Legacy Scholarship! Sariyha D’Angelo will be pursuing her Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts at the CIA Hyde Park campus, starting her courses Spring 2024. 

Our First Recipient

Devon Henderson

Within its first year of inception, efforts from The Charter Oak team and our generous donors provided the opportunity to award The Legacy Scholarship's first recipient. Devon Henderson attended The Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio and completed his 18-month Associate Degree program in 2023.

"This scholarship has helped me immensely throughout my education at CIA. Not only in terms of financial aid but also the connections I've made with the chefs involved, having the ability to ask questions and have a mentor to talk to when needed." 

- Devon Henderson

Read Devon's Q+A

A Note from Tracie Thompson

Last year, Cameron’s mother, Tracie, shared a few words about the scholarship and speaks to those who have aspirations to grow within the culinary community.

Read the letter from Tracie and learn more about how you may support The Cameron Thompson Legacy Scholarship.

Read Tracie's Letter