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Restaurateur establishes CNM culinary arts scholarship

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque businessman Nick Kapnison has donated $50,000 to the CNM Foundation to establish the Kapnison Family Presidential Scholarship for Culinary Arts.

The full-ride scholarship will provide funding for 10 students to pursue their passion for cooking.bright spot

The Kapnison family has owned restaurants going back three generations. Nick Kapnison has owned 26 Albuquerque-based restaurants beginning in 1959 with the Court Cafe. His other restaurants have included Nick & Jimmy’s, El Patron, Mykonos Cafe and Kaps Coffee Shop & Diner.

“CNM offers a first-class education in culinary arts,” Kapnison said in a CNM news release. “I want to help support those students on their journey toward becoming the next generation of culinary experts in our state.”

CNM’s Culinary Arts program offers several pathways for those who are looking to enter the culinary profession, including certificates and associate degrees.

It also partners with the nonprofit Street Food Institute to create internships.

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