Ryan Lyles, a Culinary Arts graduate from Southern Crescent Technical College, received an annual scholarship from the Iris Section of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA).
Lyles, who grew up in the small town of Richland in southwestern Georgia, briefly attended Georgia Southwestern State University after graduating from high school. But, she decided college wasn’t for her at the time and joined the military. Returning to Georgia after his tour of duty ended, Lyles explored other career options.
Her passion for food and cooking led her to the Culinary Arts Program at Southern Crescent Technical College, where she maintained a GPA of 3.83 and was nominated for the GOAL Award, awarded annually to the exceptional technical student.
“Ryan has excelled in the Culinary Arts program and is very motivated,” said Bonnie Pfrogner, ABWA Local Secretary. “I am so proud that this young woman knows what she wants and is working to achieve her goals.”
After graduation, Ryan “wants to continue practicing his skills in a restaurant, as well as showing them (and his recipes) on his own YouTube channel,” Pfrogner explained.
“I am grateful to my instructors who selected me to receive the ABWA scholarship and I am very grateful for all the opportunities I have received,” said Lyles.
Wanda Cronic Howell, chair of the ABWA scholarship committee, said ABWA was “proud to support Ryan as she returns to academia to prepare for a career in food preparation.”
“ABWA encourages women at all stages of their lives to develop to their full potential,” said Howell. “Ryan is certainly an example.”
Since its founding in 1985, the ABWA local has awarded more than $ 150,000 in scholarships to some 50 deserving women, both high school and non-traditional students entering or returning to university.
“This is our main charitable goal and we are proud of all the women we have helped achieve their educational goals,” said Ms. Howell.