Restaurant creates scholarship fund to honor slain chef


A downtown Charleston restaurant has created a scholarship fund as a way to honor its chef who was killed one year ago.

Virginia's On King announced on its Facebook page that it was partnering with Trident Technical College to create the Chef Shane Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is in memory of Shane Whiddon, the restaurant's executive chef. Whiddon was killed at the restaurant when a gunman police described as a disgruntled former employee opened fire on Aug. 24, 2017.

The post states during the month of August, a portion of proceeds from breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch sales will be donated to the fund.

Click here for information on how to donate to the scholarship fund.

Whiddon, of Goose Creek, was 37 when he died from a gunshot wound. He left behind a wife and two children. The day after the killing, Holy City Hospitality Managing Director Marty Wall said his group was "deeply saddened and heartbroken" and called Whiddon a "beloved and well-respected chef and friend."

"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," a post on the Holy City Hospitality website states.

The Chef Shane Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student pursuing culinary studies at Trident. The recipient, chosen by the college’s Scholarship Committee, will receive up to $1,000 a semester for up to four semesters, the site states.

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