Women Leaders in
Food, Fine Beverage & Hospitality

Institute of Culinary Education, Baking and Pastry Arts Scholarship-$2500
Bianca Figueroa

Institute of Culinary Education, Culinary Arts Scholarship-$2500
Carolyn Roman

LDNY Education Scholarship-$1500
Liza Marie Medina

LDNY Education Scholarship-$1500
Alicia Ngai

LDNY Education Scholarship-$1500
Mandel Clement

Florence Griffin Memorial Scholarship-$1500
Victoria Heiwig

International Wine Center Scholarship-$1500
Yumilka Ortiz

Institute of Culinary Education, Culinary Arts Scholarship-$1500
Kavita Thirupuvanam

Institute of Culinary Education, Culinary Management Scholarship-$1500
Cheryl Johnson

International Culinary Center, Wine Studies Scholarship-$1500
Catherine Gourand

Society of Wine Educators Scholarship-$1000
Maria Baniel

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Through LDNY's stellar scholarship program, our society continues to fulfill the mission we established almost forty years ago - to bring recognition to, and carve a career path for, women in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries. We are deeply honored to present this year's highly qualified recipients.

Alexandra Farrington
$5,000 The Dunn Robbins Wine and Food Scholarship

Awarded to a woman who shows understanding and love for the pairing of wine and food, and who has the potential for a successful career expressing her appreciation through writing and teaching, $5000.

Alexandra is enrolled at The International Wine Center, working toward earning her WSET Diploma in preparation for studying for the Masters of Wine. She has been immersed in the hospitality industry for her entire life, working in different settings around the world, which has given her great experience in the world of fine wine, spirits and food. In her roles as Spirits and Wine Director at Mouth.com and managing a small shop in Brooklyn, she works closely with independent American producers each day. She writes for several local and online publications, and hopes to continue studying, writing, and teaching about the interaction of culture, spirits, wine and food.

 

Talia Ralph
$5,000 The Dunn Robbins Wine and Food Scholarship

Awarded to a woman who shows understanding and love for the pairing of wine and food, and who has the potential for a successful career expressing her appreciation through writing and teaching, $5000.

Talia is a recent graduate of New York University's Food Studies master's program; she received her Food Systems degree in May 2015. One of her most exciting career highlights was having a story about pizza obsessives published in Lucky Peach. There's something about a print magazine that still makes her heart flutter, and having her writing appear in one of her favorite food publications was really special. Talia's ultimate career goal is to be an editor at a publication where she can lead coverage of the issues and challenges facing national and global food systems, and the ways people are solving them.

 

Jeneé Grannum
$5000 International Culinary Center, Classic Pastry Arts Scholarship

Awarded to a student that shows outstanding potential in pastry arts, $5000.

Jeneé earned a Bachelor's Degree from Brooklyn College in May, 2014, she majored in Africana Studies with a concentration in health and nutrition. In August 2015 she anticipates graduating with a Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts from the International Culinary Center. She is a passionate health conscious chef with over five years of culinary experience. Much of her culinary work has consisted of cooking for community-centered organizations. One career/academic highlight for Jeneé is being a LDNY scholarship recipient; the award serves as an encouraging affirmation that she is on the right path. Her long-term goal is to be a successful restaurateur and chef of her own community-centered eatery while also building and sustaining a career as a food activist and foodways historian.

 

Angelica Veza
International Culinary Center, Classic Culinary Arts Scholarship

Awarded to a student that shows outstanding potential in the culinary arts, $5000.

Awarded to a student that shows outstanding potential in the culinary arts, $5000. Angelica earned a Bachelor's Degree in Woman's Studies from Tufts University in May 2011. She currently works with Break Through New York, a college access program for low-income students. She hopes to bridge the gap between cuisine and education and to work with organizations that help close that gap. She dreams of opening a Filipino restaurant and work with other chefs to bring creative solutions to some of neediest areas.

 

Hasina A. Grice
International Culinary Center, Culinary Institute of America, Pastry Arts Scholarship

Awarded to a student that shows outstanding potential in pastry arts, $5000.

Hasina is currently a student at The Culinary Institute of America's, Associate in Occupational Studies, Baking & Pastry Arts Program. She will be graduating in March of 2016. After a successful career in social services, she longed for the opportunity to pursue her passion for baking. Today she is closer than she could have imagined to her ultimate goal of having a storefront bakery cafe and serving the public with her creations.

 

Thiana A. Anderson
Culinary Institute of America, Culinary Arts Scholarship

Awarded to a student that shows outstanding potential in the culinary arts, $5000.

Thiana is working towards her Associate in Occupational Studies, in Culinary Arts and expects to graduate in December of 2015. She will then pursue a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary Arts Management with an expected graduation date in December 2016. The highlight of her career so far is being the group leader for her class, which entails being the liaison between her class and the faculty. This role provides her the opportunity to gain management and leadership experience, and to work closely with instructors. Her career goals are to gain experience in a quality, high grossing, professional kitchen and work into a management position within the food industry.

 

Renae Wilson
The Edna Lewis Grande Dame of Southern Cooking Scholarship in Memory of Jonell Nash

Awarded to a student preparing for a career that preserves and nurtures Southern culinary tradition and its diverse contributing cultures, $4500.

Renae, originally from Greenville, SC, is new to the culinary world. Though southern hospitality is a tradition in her family, she is excited to be pursuing her culinary skills formally, as a student at the Institute of Culinary Education. She has spent the past seven years in New York City working as a restaurant server and early on it became clear that her interest was not only in baking but also in every facet of running a restaurant. She recently completed the pastry program at ICE where she was the recipient of the Leadership Award. She is currently enrolled in ICE's Culinary Arts program and intends on taking the culinary management course as well.

 

Sarah Lowman
The Margaret and Darby Perry Scholarship

Awarded to a student of the Culinary Institute of America who exhibits academic excellence, leadership, management skills and a "give back" attitude, $4500.

Sarah Lowman received her Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America. She plans to return to the Culinary Institute of America in September to get her Bachelor's Degree in Applied Food Studies. Her expected Bachelor's graduation date is July 2016. A highlight of her academic career is her time as an extern in the Culinary Institute of America's test kitchen working on academic publications. Sarah is seeking a career in either culinary literature and composition or culinary education.

 

Nina A. Vizcarrondo
Founder's Scholarship

Awarded in honor of LDNY's founders and provided to a woman who shows innovation and a history of community service $4000.

Nina is a candidate for a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. Her expected graduation date is May of 2016. She was awarded a 2015 President's Service Award for her service to improve the growing veteran community in NYC, all while being a veteran, wife, mother and student. Her goals are to reform the foodways of deployed and non-deployed military units to improve the food security of the members of our military.

 

Theresa Koneski
LDNY Scholarship in Nutrition

Awarded to a woman with outstanding potential in a career in the field of nutrition, $4000.

Theresa is attending Montclair State University, anticipating to graduate in May 2016. She is working towards earning her Master's of Science in Nutrition and Food Science, as well as completing the requirements to be eligible for candidacy for a Dietetic Internship. Currently, she is working as a graduate research assistant at Montclair State University as well as a dietary aide, for the past two years, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Theresa has been accepted to conduct research in the fall at Bournemouth University, UK where she will be assessing consumption patterns in the United Kingdom and United States by surveying consumers in restaurant and foodservice outlets.

 

Ami Cabatingan
The Abigail Kirsch Scholarship

Awarded to a student at the Culinary Institute of America who excelled beyond her curriculum and shows the qualities of leadership and creativity, $3750.

Ami is seeking a degree in Culinary Arts Management with a concentration in Advanced Wines, Beverage, and Hospitality from The Culinary Institute of America. Her expected graduation date is July 2015. The highlight of her academic career was a two-week trip to France, where she learned about the history, food and wine specific to each region visited. Her career goals include working for a 3 Michelin star restaurant in New York City to gain more experience in wine, beverage and service. Long term, she wants to become a professor to educate and inspire future students in wine and beverage.

 

Loren Avellino
The Renee Marton and Nathalie Judith Marton Scholarship

Awarded to a woman enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Education who is a good student as well as altruistic and a community leader, $3000.

Loren graduated with a Culinary Arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in June 2015. She was awarded the Top Toque Award by the ICE faculty for demonstrating excellence in technique, professionalism and industry-preparedness. Recently she completed an externship at Stone Park Café in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently in the process of applying to obtain a utility patent for a unique food product she has conceived. For her next steps, Loren plans to further explore recipe testing and development to discover new and exciting ways to approach food.

 

Clare Hyre
The Meryl Rosofsky "Sustainable Food, Sustainable Life" Scholarship

Awarded to a woman with outstanding potential as a leader in the "farm-to-table" social food movement, who exhibits academic excellence, personal integrity, and a passion for advancing a "sustainability" agenda and effecting positive food system change. The amount of this scholarship is a multiple of chai (represented by the number 18), the Hebrew word for "life," $2700.

Clare is currently enrolled in the Master's of Food Studies and Food Systems program at New York University and will graduate in 2016. She attended Guilford College where she concentrated on Peace and Conflict Studies. She won several awards for her volunteer work where she put in over 6000 hours in social change work. Upon graduation she wants to search for a position in sustainable food systems development at either a government organization, non-profit, think tank or start up food entrepreneurship.

 

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