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The Ivy Tech Foundation announced today the establishment of the Geoff Grodner and Lorelei Meeker Endowed Culinary Scholarship at the Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington campus. The scholarship is intended to encourage students of promise and need who desire to pursue careers in the culinary arts field.

“Lorelei and I hope to enable students who share our passion of cooking and great food to continue their studies and pursuit of a degree in culinary arts,” Grodner said.

The scholarship will be awarded to second-year culinary arts students in the Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Administration degree program. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic merit, and demonstrated culinary skill and aptitude.

“Geoff and Lorelei’s gift is an important addition to our growing body of scholarships,” Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart said. “As an endowed fund, their generosity will enable us to assist culinary students both immediately and permanently.”

More than 160 degree-seeking students are enrolled in the culinary arts program at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. Accredited by the American Culinary Federation, the program is chaired locally by Chef Jeffrey Taber.

Grodner, managing partner of Bloomington law firm Mallor Grodner, was appointed to Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Regional Board of Trustees in December 2012. (View Geoff Grodner’s firm profile) Meeker retired from Indiana University as associate vice president for procurement services.

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About Ivy Tech Community College

 Ivy Tech Community College ( is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.