Abington High School senior and Eastern Center for Arts and Technology culinary arts student Jillian Plum is the recipient of the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program Scholarship. This scholarship allows Plum the opportunity to live and work in Germany for one year after graduation. Plum is the third Eastern student to win this prestigious scholarship in the last 10 years.
Plum was told that she was accepted into the program Monday. She applied for the scholarship in January; it consisted of several essays, three letters of recommendation, an overall GPA of 3.0, and an interview at the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg.
This program, funded by the United States Congress and the German Bundestag, allows graduating high school seniors to spend a year in Germany living with a host family, participating in a training or school program, and getting hands-on work experience through an internship with a German company. Plum will be interviewing for a position in the hospitality management industry.
Plum is also the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania State Officer for 2011 – 2012, Eastern’s October Student of the Month, the recipient of the 2011 Eastern Director’s Award, and the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Award.
“I am honored to be selected for this program,” Plum said “This is an opportunity of a lifetime. I plan to represent Eastern, Abington High School and the United States in an exceptional manner.”
Plum is a member of the Abington High School Key Club, in which she volunteered for the 24-Hour Relay. She is also a cheerleader and she was named the 2010 MVP for her outstanding leadership skills. Plum is employed as a store clerk and cake decorator at Weinrich’s Bakery, and as a server at the Italian Village Bistro. She is also a junior member of the American Culinary Federation and attends monthly meetings.
Plum was accepted to and offered a scholarship for Penn College of Technology’s Hospitality Management program, all of which have been deferred for one year so that she can take advantage of this opportunity.
Information and photo courtesy of Eastern Center for Arts and Technology