Culinary Scholarships for Women

The Austin Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International offers scholarships for local women who are pursuing full-time culinary coursework in a culinary arts program for professional development. The amount given for each scholarship is $4,000. Two scholarships will be awarded.

The applicant must have completed at least 20 credit hours, have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher, and be enrolled currently in a local certificate or associate’s degree program in culinary arts, baking and pastry, or hospitality and restaurant management. Scholarships are awarded based on academic accomplishments, references, financial need, goals, aspirations, initiative, and culinary-related experience.

LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage, and hospitality professions. To do this, members in our chapters provide leadership, educational opportunities and host philanthropic events within their communities.

Before you apply, please consider the following:

  • Scholarship funds may be used for tuition or program fees only. Checks will be issued directly to institutions. Funds may not be applied to living expenses.
  • Letters of reference must be emailed to info@ldeiaustin.org prior to the application deadline from the two references listed in your application.
  • Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 pm, Saturday, October 1, 2016.
  • You can submit your application, then return to edit or complete it by saving the bookmark you receive after you click submit.

Learn more about previous scholarship recipients:

See the 2016 Scholarship Recipients

See the 2015 Scholarship Recipients 

See the 2014 Scholarship Recipients 

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