Last Day to Apply for Les Dames D’Escoffier Culinary Education Scholarships

The application period is open until February 3

It’s no secret that we are big fans of Les Dames D’Escoffier, an organization which supports women pursuing careers in the culinary and hospitality industries.

The Dames host frequent mentoring and networking events for members and nonmembers alike, support philanthropic events like their annual holiday dinner for the homeless, and provide weekly “food runs” to reduce food waste in the community.

Scholarships have always been a part of what the Dames do (to date, the Les Dames’ Austin chapter has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships and grants), and this year they’re ringing in 2020 by funding $20,000 in scholarships, professional development stipends and other grants.

The organization has added a number of new categories to this year’s scholarship offerings. For those involved in education; there’s the Culinary Student award, which gives a $4,000 scholarship to a currently enrolled Central Texas student in the culinary and hospitality arts, the $2,000 Educator scholarship for instructors in the culinary and hospitality fields. They’re promoting advancement with $2,000 in funding for learning and certification opportunities for beverage and kitchen professionals, as well as artisan makers. Business owners can apply for $2,000 for professional development, while there’s an out of the box A La Carte Stipendfor professionals who are engaging in the industry in unique ways. Lastly, the organization is offering a $4,000 travel grant to support a working professional’s educational career goals in any area of the culinary, fine beverage and hospitality industry.

“We hope our new categories will encourage more and more talented women in the Central Texas food and hospitality business to apply for these educational opportunities,” says Stephanie Piland, scholarship chair for Les Dames Austin chapter. “The mission of Les Dames d’Escoffier is to support and promote culinary education and entrepreneurship and the scholarship program is the very foundation of our service.” And when it comes to encouraging success in Austin’s fast paced culinary culture, there ain’t nothing like a dame.

For more information, please see www.ldeiaustin.org.

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