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2018 Scholarship Application - Les Dames d’Escoffier New York

Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY) is an international organization of accomplished professional women in the food, fine beverage, and hospitality industries. The primary goal of the Annual Scholarship Program is to encourage talented women to become leaders in these industries by assisting them in furthering their professional education. Our Mentorship Program provides scholarship winners with additional support as they strive to advance in their chosen fields. All winners will also be offered the opportunity to join the Mentorship Program.

The 2018 Scholarship Program draws its applicants from women enrolled in one of LDNY’s Participating SchoolsApplicants must reside in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut and must have completed at least one semester of higher education, and must be currently matriculated, with at least one semester to complete.

Interested women students are invited to submit an application. The following instructions must be read carefully. Please note that incomplete applications will be rejected. Click here for LDNY 2018 Scholarship Application.

Completed applications must be submitted to the liaison of a Participating School, who will then forward an electronic version of the application to LDNY. (Do NOT send submissions directly to LDNY.) Complete applications, sent as electronic documents by the school liaison, must be submitted to LDNY after January 17, 2018, and no later than March 5, 2018.

Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by mid-June 2018. Please note that only scholarship recipients will be notified.

2018 Scholarship Application - Requirements

No applications will be accepted before January 17, 2018, or after March 5, 2018. All applications must be submitted through the applicant’s school, where they will be verified, scanned and forwarded to LDNY as a PDF electronic file. Click here for Participating Schools. All applicants must be residents of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.

This year, we are happy to announce a special $10,000 Grand Award Scholarship. In addition to the general requirements below, there will be a mandatory in-person interview. If you are qualified and wish to be considered (see qualities we are seeking), check the box below. All applications must be submitted through the applicant’s school, where they will be verified, scanned, and forwarded to LDNY as a PDF electronic file. All applicants must be residents of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

Submit the application in the following order: 

  • Completed application (page 3)
  • Resumé (no longer than 2 pages maximum)
  • Official transcript from the current institution or most recent college/university
  • A 3-part Essay of 500 words or less, see description below
  • Two professional letters of recommendation (Note: Recommendations from friends or relatives will not be accepted)


500-Word Essay should include: 

  • Career plans, goals and aspirations
  • Relevant experience that supports career plans
  • Volunteer and/or community service and any recognition or awards received as a result of service


Eligibility for 2018 LDNY Grand Award Scholarship

  • After selecting a small number of top candidates using stringent criteria, members of LDNY’s Scholarship Committee will interview each of the top candidates in NYC.
  • These interviews must take place before April 27, 2018.
  • The candidate must be present at the Scholarship Award Reception, and will give a brief acceptance speech.
  • Qualities we are seeking: leadership; strong academic record; passionate interest in the subject and ability to communicate that passion; professional experience in their field, and a history of helping others through volunteer/community service.


Crucial Additional Information:

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • No additional material will be considered in the application process.
  • Applicants awarded scholarships will be notified in mid June 2018
  • A reception for scholarship recipients, mentors and guests will be held in mid July 2018; all scholarship recipients are encouraged to attend
  • No applications will be accepted before Wednesday, January 17, 2018, or after Monday, March 5, 2018.


Click Here for 2018 LDNY Scholarship Application


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