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Cliett Culinary Scholarship Established at NCC


From left, Chef Carlos Quagliaroli, President Dr. Bill Carver, 2017-18 Foundation Board President Robyn Perkerson, Anne Cliett, Foundation Executive Director Pam Ballew, Foundation Past President Kim Sutton, Hospitality Management Professor Greg Quintard and Chef Don Sexauer.

Nash Community College is proud to announce the establishment of the Thomas Cliett Family Culinary Scholarship. The endowed scholarship was established by Anne D. Cliett in memory of her husband, Thomas Cliett, to assist students in pursuit of an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts.

“We are so pleased that Mrs. Cliett has chosen to honor the memory of her husband in this way. Her endorsement of our culinary program sends us a very clear message that she values the quality of the education our students receive,” NCC Foundation Executive Director Pam Ballew said.

This scholarship reflects Mrs. Cliett’s desire to help deserving students pursue higher educational opportunities at Nash Community College. Mr. Cliett made his mark in the community as the local owner and entrepreneur of the restaurant franchise, Western Sizzlin, beginning in 1973. From his humble beginnings in Georgia, “Tommy” and his wife Anne, grew their business through long hours of hard work and dedication to providing quality food and superior service to their customers. Tommy was known as a role model who encouraged young people to work hard to achieve their dreams, by making them aware of their potential.

The scholarship will be awarded to a second year student with demonstrated financial need. The recipient must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average, and demonstrate potential for success in Culinary Arts.