The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program provides support to aspiring students in multiple areas of food and culinary studies. Established in 1991, this scholarship assists aspiring and established culinary professionals who plan to further their culinary education. In the past 25 years, the program has supported over 2,000 recipients with over eight million dollars in financial aid–that is no small potatoes!
This year, the James Beard Foundation offers three types of awards, including scholarships, tuition waivers, and work study grants. The JBF website has specific details about each of the awards. In addition to the aforementioned awards, since 2016, the JBF offers the JBF’s National Scholars Program. This program provides ten $20,000 scholarships to candidates of exceptional talent. Academic merit, as well as personal and professional recommendations, are considered in these awards.
Who is eligible to apply to the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program?
There are multiple scholarships available: See the detailed list of James Beard Foundation Scholarships here. The awards have a range of specific criteria. Some scholarships, waivers, and work-study are open to graduating high school seniors to college age to experienced culinary workers. There are also some niche awards (such as wine-making!), and some geographically specific (yay, NJ!). A number of the applications have multiple requirements, such as essays and transcripts. In other words, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to read through the database and find the scholarships, waivers, or work study programs that are a fit for you.
How much are the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program scholarships worth?
The awards range from $1,000 to $20,000!
When are applications for these scholarships due?
The application must be submitted by June11, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time.
For guidelines and FAQs, please visit this page.
Still have questions? For more information, please contact Emily Rothkrug at [email protected]
Best of luck to all applicants!