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Establishing the Chef Shane Memorial Scholarship

Jul 25, 2018

Establishing the Chef Shane Memorial Scholarship:


Chef Shane Whiddon


Together with Trident Technical College, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Chef Shane Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Shane Whiddon who was the executive chef at Virginia’s on King. Shane was shot and killed during lunch service by a disgruntled employee on August 24, 2017. Chef Shane made a lasting impact on many people’s lives, especially in the culinary world. We hope this scholarship will keep Shane’s passion for cooking alive while supporting aspiring culinary students at the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College. The Chef Shane Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student pursuing culinary studies at Trident. The scholarship recipient, chosen by the college’s Scholarship Committee, will receive up to $1,000 a semester for up to four semesters.


Chef Shane Whiddon with Mrs. Virginia Bennett


During the entire month of August, we invite our Charleston community to dine with us at Virginia’s on King for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. A portion of proceeds obtained from the month of August will be donated to the Chef Shane Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Anyone interested in donating to the scholarship fund may do so online through Trident Tech’s online donation page.


Alternative ways to donate may be done over the phone with a credit card or by mailing a check.

  • To donate via credit card, please call Trident’s Director of Donor Stewardship & Business Operations at 843-574-6209.
  • Checks can be made out to “TTC Foundation” and “Chef Shane scholarship” on the memo line
    • Mail to:
    • TTC Foundation
    • PO Box 61227
    • Charleston, SC 29419-1227


For information on how to support the Whiddon family, please visit here.


We are inviting the Charleston community to join us during the month of August as we celebrate Chef Shane’s passion for the culinary industry and giving back to others at Virginia’s on King.


Pictured from left: J. Michael Saboe, Dean of Trident Technical College’s Culinary Institute of Charleston; Michael Carmel, Culinary Arts Department Head; Nathan Rex, Hospitality and Tourism Department Head; Elliott DeMerell, Donor Engagement.