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Dayton ISD Foodservice Team Member Awarded College Scholarship

Local School Lunch Hero Selected as One of Four Recipients in the Country to Receive

A Chartwells K12 Associate Scholarship

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Dayton, Tx., [DATE] – Dayton ISD is excited to announce that Lacey Zaruba, Woodrow Wilson JH cafeteria manager, is one of the recipients of the 2022 Chartwells K12 Associate Scholarship. This is the third year Chartwells K12, Dayton ISD’s innovative dining partner, has partnered with DeVry University to help eligible employees in the United States earn a higher education degree and pursue advancement opportunities. 


After a thorough review process of many worthy candidates from across the country, Zaruba was selected as the recipient of a partial scholarship for meeting eligibility criteria, amplifying Chartwells' values and showing her commitment to take her education to the next level. Zaruba plans to earn her Associate in Business degree. The scholarship provides up to $16,000 towards tuition and fees.


“We’re so proud of Lacey for winning this scholarship. It’s so encouraging to see a company like Chartwells invest in people like Lacey who invests so much of herself in serving our students and our school community,” said Carlton Robertson, Director of Child Nutrition, Dayton ISD. “Lacey is a role model, and we are supportive of her taking the next step in her education.”


“Lacey has made outstanding contributions to our team, the students and entire Dayton ISD community,” said Carlton Robertson, Director of Child Nutrition Chartwells K12. “It’s a testament to her hard work and dedication that she received this scholarship and we know this will only continue as she begins school again at DeVry University. We’re so proud of her and can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next.” 


As part of their ongoing investment to inspire and empower their workforce, Chartwells continues to provide training, development, and education programs for their 16,000 associates across 4,500 schools. Earlier this year, they launched a fully funded foundational education benefit with Guild Education to create even more opportunities for their associates to broaden their professional skills and continue their education.


About Chartwells K12

Chartwells K12's goal is to make sure students leave the cafeteria happier and healthier than they came in, by serving food kids love to eat and creating custom dining programs. With more than 16,000 associates in 4,500 schools, ranging from large public institutions to small charter and private schools, Chartwells K12 is built on decades of food, education and operational experience driven by top culinary, nutrition, wellness, and sustainability talent. For more information, visit