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    James Beard Foundation Scholarships

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    Offered by James Beard Foundation

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Apr 2, 2024
    Multiple awards worth up to


    Grade level

    High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    April 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you an aspiring Chef, Baker, Sommelier, Restauranter, Hospitality Manager, or Food Journalist looking to further your education? If so, you might be interested in applying for the James Beard Foundation Scholarships! The scholarships are open to individuals seeking to enroll in an accredited culinary school or program for the upcoming Fall semester. The scholarships are offered by the James Beard Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to celebrate and support the people behind America’s food culture. Established in 1991, the program has not only grown in visibility and financial scope, but in the array of subjects its recipients have embraced. The Foundation’s scholarships award between $5,000 and $20,000 each. Altogether, these make up more than $500,000 being offered by the James Beard Foundation Scholarships this year. If you are passionate about receiving a culinary education, we encourage you to apply!

    Eligibility information

    The scholarships are open to aspiring and established culinary professionals looking to enroll at a culinary school, hospitality institution, or university. However, bear in mind that each individual scholarship may have additional, unique eligibility requirements. Below are just some of the general eligibility requirements for the James Beard Foundation scholarships.

    Grade Level

    High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

    Academic Interest

    Food Science/Nutrition, Culinary Arts, Food Service/Hospitality, Hospitality Management

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application in addition to the below application materials. However, bear in mind that some of the individual James Beard Foundation scholarships may require additional application materials.

    At least one (1) Essay

    Academic transcript

    Resume or CV

    Two letters of recommendation

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

    International students may qualify for many, but not all, of the James Beard Foundation Scholarships, and are encouraged to apply.

    When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

    The James Beard Foundation Scholarships winner will be announced: Late May 2024.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact James Beard Foundation at [email protected].

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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