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Philanthropist Mike Hoffman Announces New Scholarship During CIA Graduation Address

Hyde Park, NY – Mike Hoffman, chairman of the philanthropic services firm Changing Our World, was keynote speaker during commencement ceremonies at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on May 4. During his address, Mr. Hoffman—a member of the CIA’s Society of Fellows—announced the creation of a scholarship at the college named for his daughter, Shannon, whom he says “loves to cook.”

“Through food, our graduates today will change the world,” Mr. Hoffman told the 96 newest CIA alumni and their families. “With this education and the industry you are about to enter, you are going to have the power to end world hunger, to help fight obesity and malnutrition, to create employment, and to improve the environment.”

A race horse owner, Mr. Hoffman said he put money on a Kentucky Derby entry named Hofburg, with any winnings going towards his new CIA scholarship. Alas, Hofburg, a 27-1 longshot, finished in seventh place.

Mr. Hoffman’s company provides fundraising, management, and social engagement strategy to both corporations and nonprofit organizations. Among Changing Our World’s clients are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the Case Foundation; and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Mr. Hoffman also serves as chairman of the Board of Advisors of Seeds of Africa.

The entire CIA commencement ceremony, including Mike Hoffman’s address to recipients of associate degrees in baking & pastry arts and culinary arts, can be seen online.

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Mike Hoffman (left) and CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan at The Culinary Institute of America’s graduation ceremonies on May 4, 2018. During his commencement address, the chairman of Changing Our World announced the creation of a new student scholarship at the CIA in his daughter’s name. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degrees in management, culinary arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, and associate degrees in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. The college also offers executive education through its Food Business School along with certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of nearly 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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