CHARLOTTE – Wray Ward, a marketing communications firm, will fund a scholarship at Central Piedmont Community College in memory of a former student who died in a snowboarding accident.
The Tyler H. Hamm Culinary Scholarship will foster the development of aspiring culinary arts professionals enrolled at Central Piedmont. Tyler was the elder son of public relations lead and longtime Wray Ward employee Tracy Hamm.
“Tyler lived life to the fullest and only knew one direction – forward,” Tracy Hamm said. “By supporting young culinary talent, this scholarship will celebrate our son’s chosen career path, his love for cooking and his passion for life.”
Tyler, a 2016 Ardrey Kell High School graduate, discovered his love for culinary arts as a Central Piedmont student. Following his spirit of adventure, Tyler began his culinary career at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge in Talkeetna, Alaska. Other positions in Alaska and Aspen, Colorado, followed over the next two years.
In fall 2018, Tyler joined the staff of Lynn Britt Cabin in Aspen’s Snowmass Village.
On Feb. 10, the aspiring chef, whose love for gourmet cooking and snowboarding led him to call Aspen home, died in a snowboarding accident.
“Tyler shared his father’s kind heart and zest for life,” said Jennifer Appleby, president of Wray Ward. “His fearlessness on and off the slopes will serve as an inspiration to each of us to think bigger and more boldly, and Wray Ward is proud to be a small part of that legacy by helping other aspiring chefs follow their passion and chase their dream.”
The Hamms will interview candidates identified by the Central Piedmont Foundation’s scholarship committee. Call the foundation at 704-330-6869 to learn more about the program, which starts 2019-20.
“This scholarship will honor Tyler’s memory and celebrate his passion for life, joy of cooking and career path in the culinary arts,” said Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president. “We are grateful for and humbled by the Hamm family’s decision to have Tyler honored in this way.”