Scholarship awarded to first recipient


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It’s fair to say there might just be a secret ingredient in the mix at Carbone Coal Fired Pizza in St. Vital.

Benjamin Nasberg, Carbone’s president and chief executive officer, has donated a large portion of community spirit, as one of those who has spearheaded the first Westland-Carbone scholarship for culinary arts.

The scholarship is the result of a partnership between the local restaurant chain and the Westland Foundation — a grassroots, volunteer-based charitable organization whose mission is to increase inner-Winnipeg students’ access to post-secondary education by providing scholarships.

Simon Fuller From left to right: Carmela Bianca Mayoralgo, Benjamin Nasberg, and John Prystanski are pictured at Carbone Coal Fired Pizza on Nov. 6. (PHOTO BY SIMON FULLER/CANSTAR NEWS/THE LANCE)

The first recipient of the Westland-Carbone scholarship for culinary arts is Carmela Bianca Mayoralgo, a second-year culinary arts student at Red River College. The inaugural scholarship was celebrated at Carbone Coal Fired Pizza, located at 680 St. Anne’s Rd., on Nov. 6. At the event, Nasberg said it’s important for local business to be able to play an active role in helping keep the economy strong, while also ensuring that it supports the community’s education needs.

“I’m hoping to make this a very long-lasting relationship with the Westland Foundation,” Nasberg said. “I’m hoping it’s the first of many scholarships.”

John Prystanski, the foundation’s founder and CEO, acknowledged the importance of Carbone’s contribution to the growth of the scholarship program.

“We’re thankful to Carbone’s for helping us as we continue on our journey,” Prystanski said. “The message is simple — we need this.”

Noting her gratitude to the company and the foundation, Mayoralgo said the scholarship is helping her pay for her student loan and cover a number of supplies, and is helping her move closer to her dream of becoming a restaurant owner.

“Seeing my father cook and support my family helped me find my passion at a young age,” Mayoralgo said, noting she first learned about the scholarship when she was a student at Sisler High School.

“I thank you for this scholarship, and the recognition that allows me to become a role model for future scholars.”

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Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
Community Journalist

Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at or call him at 204-697-7111.

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