Hormel Foods Corporation today announced the recipients of this year’s two $10,000 Hormel Heroes Scholarships. The Hormel Heroes Scholarship Program was created by Hormel Foods to support students with military backgrounds pursuing degrees in culinary arts or a foodservice management related program and is administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).

“Hormel Foods has a long history of supporting the military, and we are proud to provide these scholarships to show our appreciation for students who serve or have served our country and are pursuing careers in the foodservice industry,” said Mark Ourada, group vice president of Foodservice. “Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients, Alisa McKinney and Marie Stimpson, and thank you for your service.”

McKinney is a retired veteran who served over 7 years on active duty with the U.S. Army. She completed two tours in Iraq, serving in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Ensuring Freedom. McKinney is a student at the Allegany College of Maryland pursuing degrees in culinary arts and hospitality.

Stimpson is a retired Master Sergeant with more than 30 years of service in the U.S. Army. She is currently pursuing a degree in culinary arts at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and dreams of becoming a chef and opening her own business.