Rowan president spices up hot sauce – for scholarships

The president of one of New Jersey’s largest universities doesn’t need a recipe to craft some of the hottest sauces around, the profits of which go toward an emergency scholarship fund for students.

Instead, Ali Houshmand of Rowan University took an idea from the garden to his kitchen to kick-start his signature line of hot sauces, which has raised almost $20,000 for Rowan’s Student Scholarship Fund.

Gardening is a hobby for Houshmand, who initially grew hot peppers just for fun. He created a few batches of hot sauce and gave out small jars to friends and family, concocting the sauces outside or in his garage because the fumes made it difficult to breathe in the house.


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