Herrin earns culinary scholarship

Chelsey Herrin, caughter of Sandra and Cecil Herrin of Bertram, has been awarded the Louise Fund Culinary & Hospitality Scholarship.

The honor was announced recently by the founders, board of directors and supporters of the Clara Louise Porter Memorial Fund, also known as the The Louise Fund.

Herrin graduated this spring from Burnet High School (BHS), having participated in the BHS Culinary Program for three years. She was an active member of the National Honor Society, graduating in the top 10 percent of the class of 2016. She was also a four-year member of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization, advancing to the state competition each of those years. Herrin plans to obtain an associate degree in culinary arts with a focus on pastry from Texas State Technical College in Hutto.

The Louise Fund’s first scholarship recipient, Markita “Kita” Skeen was a 2013 honor graduate from Brady who earned a certificate in baking and pastry arts from the August d’Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin in May 2015. After completing several internships and earning a prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier scholarship, she was chosen for an externship as a cake decorator with Disney and is now living in Orlando gaining even more experience.



The Louise Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing scholarships to culinary students; founded after Clara Louise Porter’s death at her Menard County ranch in 2012.

The scholarship, created by Clara's daughter, Caroline Starry LeBlanc was initially offered only in Menard and McCulloch counties but the program’s reach was expanded this year to include students from all 25 counties of the Texas Hill Country region. A “small world” situation occurred she researched sending scholarship details to Burnet High School: she discovered that her fellow Brady High School Class of 1995 graduate and dear friend Contessa (Merren) Huffman was the human resources director for Burnet Consolidated Independent School District. Huffman presented the scholarship on Caroline’s behalf.


For more information on The Louise Fund, Clara Louise Porter, the scholarship application process, culinary school resources, or donating to The Louise Fund, which will apply 100 percent of donation funds to scholarships, please visit www.thelouisefund.com.


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