Lindsay Ratner, a second-year culinary arts student from East Palestine, OH, received the First National Bank Culinary Scholarship at the CCBC Foundation 17th annual HollyDay Auction and Gala on Friday, December 6.

Lindsay has worked in the food service industry since she was sixteen and is attending CCBC to expand her knowledge of the field.

“What I have learned while attending CCBC has improved my general cooking knowledge as well as enhanced what I already knew in the subject,” said Lindsay. “I considered myself to be a decent cook before, and now I feel as if I can come up with a lot more creative ideas.”

With the help of the scholarship, Lindsay is able to continue her studies at CCBC to pursue her passion.

“I have a passion for making desserts and baked goods as well as learning anything I can about cooking,” said Lindsay. “My husband and I would love to someday start a catering company together, but in the meantime, I would very much enjoy working at a bakery.”

For several years, First National Bank has generously donated to the CCBC Foundation.  To honor First National Bank’s contribution, the Culinary Arts Scholarship was named the First National Bank Culinary Arts Scholarship in 2011.

"FNB greatly values our relationship with CCBC and is happy to be able to help further the education of their very talented students with the scholarship program,” says Alan D. Bicker, Regional Banking Executive for First National Bank. “HollyDay is a wonderful event and reflects the excellence of CCBC and its mission."


For more information about the First National Bank Culinary Arts Scholarship as well as additional CCBC Foundation scholarships, visit


Pictured: Alan D. Bicker of First National Bank and Lindsay Ratner, scholarship recipient