Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. The foundation administers a number of diverse programs to that end, including educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening.
The foundation currently is accepting applications for its 2019 Scholarship Program, which assists aspiring and established culinary professionals who plan to further their education at a licensed or accredited culinary school or hospitality institution, college, or university. In 2019, more than $650,000 will be available for both new and renewable scholarships, including the JBF National Scholars Program.
Through the program, up to ten annual scholarships of $20,000 each will be awarded to food-focused candidates of exceptional talent who demonstrate leadership, community involvement, and academic excellence, and who aspire to leadership roles in the culinary arts, food systems, food policy, food politics, business administration, hospitality management, and hospitality related programs.
Other scholarships for 2019 include:
Tie the Knot Scholarship —Assisted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the host of the 2019 James Beard Awards, a scholarship of $8,700 will be awarded to support LGBTQ students who want to pursue a career in the culinary industry.
Juleps for JBF — Sponsored by Woodford Reserve, five scholarships of up to $8,865 will be offered to students who are pursuing an education in beverage studies.
The Puerto Rico Scholarship for Culinary Arts — Supported by chef Mario Pagán, one scholarship of $3,750 will be awarded to a student currently residing in Puerto Rico who wishes to pursue an education in the culinary arts, pastry arts, restaurant management, or beverage studies at any accredited institution.
Taste America/Jonathan Gold Memorial Scholarship — Offered in memory of James Beard Award-winning writer Jonathan Gold, the scholarship will be awarded to a student residing in or attending school in California.
The Walmart Rediscovering America Scholarship — Ten scholarships of $10,000 will be awarded to women or chefs of color who wish to pursue a career in the culinary arts, pastry arts, restaurant management, or beverage studies at an accredited institution.
See the James Beard Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.