Les Dames d’Escoffier New York Awards 2022 Scholarships Breaks $2 Million Raised For Future Culinary Leaders
Annual Scholarships to 14 Women in Culinary and Beverage Studies
NEW YORK, NY, August 4, 2022 — Les Dames d’ Escoffier New York (LDNY), the nonprofit educational, scholarship, and advocacy organization serving women in the culinary and hospitality industry, announced 14 meaningful scholarships for 2022 that were awarded to recipients enrolled in accredited culinary and pastry arts, nutrition, food science, hospitality, and wine and spirits/fine beverage programs in New York and New Jersey.
The students were recognized and celebrated for their current achievements and promising futures at the annual LDNY Scholarship Awards held last month. Food Network star Chef Grace Ramirez, host of Destino con Sabor, used her keynote address to discuss leading by example and her work at Jose Andres’s World Central Kitchen, empowering people to take an active role in society and create a global sense of connection beyond borders.
She shared her own experience with scholarships’ impact, “If it wasn’t for the scholarship that the French Culinary Institute (FCI) gave me I would have not been able or had the guts to leave my tv producer/ directing job and go to culinary school. I was still in debt trying to pay off my student loans at that time. Thanks to the FCI scholarship, I was able to change careers and become a chef.”
Because the cost of college is often cited as the most significant reason students drop out the LDNY scholarship program exists to ensure access to education for women who wish to pursue a culinary education. Since its inception in 1977 the organization has awarded more than two million dollars to over 1,000 recipients.
This year’s class of 14 recipients will find doors opened to them where barriers once stood. Today’s world is far different than it was 45 years ago when LDNY founder Carol Brock broke the Pyrex ceiling to empower women in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries, filling a void in the male-dominated fields. “There’s a lot of opportunity coming out of the pandemic for our scholarship recipients. We are dedicated to helping them overcome obstacles by investing in their education and their futures as leaders in the industry. Ultimately, we are building a better industry, and better neighborhoods, by helping women who want to be part of the broader hospitality community,” explained Jen O’Flanagan, President of LDNY.
This year’s awardees represent a bright future. They are committed to their course of study along with building a better hospitality industry that recognizes success is properly measured when diversity is embraced. According to 2015 scholarship recipient Alicia Ngai Jordan, City Tech Alumna and now Director of Revenue Management at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the LDNY scholarship is a powerful tool, “The scholarship strengthened my belief that dedicating time and effort towards my education was valuable. It was an important step in helping me overcome uncertainty, and it motivated me to work to be the best of my ability.”
LDNY 2022 Scholarship Recipients
About Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY)
LDNY is the founding and largest chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), an experienced 501c3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to advance and support aspiring professional women in food and beverage, as well as to champion critical industry issues. LDNY’s vision is guided by three objectives: Education, Advocacy and Philanthropy.
Since 1977, LDNY has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to over 1,000 recipients. Help Les Dames d’Escoffier New York continue with 45 more years of awarding scholarships that fund freedom; freedom to pursue an education, and freedom to pursue professional dreams. Supporting our Fortify at 45 campaign is easy, just click here to give generously.
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To Date More Than 1,000 Recipients Have Received Over $2 Million in Funds
NEW YORK, NY (JULY 2022) – Les Dames New York (LDNY) is proud to announce its Fortify at 45 campaign – a new fundraising initiative designed to celebrate 45 years of scholarship awards and increase the number and types of scholarships it presents to women pursuing careers in the thriving fine food, beverage, and hospitality industry. The goal for Fortify at 45 is to raise a minimum of $45,000 by year-end.
The LDNY Scholarship Program was instituted one year after the group’s launch as the founding chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. With founding principles of philanthropy, advocacy, and education, LDNY’s aim is to raise the image and presence of women in food, wine, and hospitality, as well as build professional relationships for career success. As such, scholarships have played a key role in the organization’s mission, with funds raised each year through event ticket sales and generous individual and corporate sponsor support that benefits the next generation of women leaders.
“Since 1977, LDNY has bestowed over $2 million in funds to over 1,000 women, and more work must be done. With the cost of college often cited as the most significant reason students drop out, particularly during the pandemic, we’re recommitted in this milestone year to building a more robust scholarship program that ensures access to education for women pursuing an education in the food, beverage, and hospitality fields,” reflected LDNY President Jennifer O’Flanagan.
In 2022, while career opportunities expand and evolve in these growing industries, women continue to face many of the same hurdles that existed when LDNY was founded. Creating supportive spaces and alliances remains a constant goal for LDNY, to be a key partner to women pioneering new paths, attaining equal rights, and achieving leadership roles in these fields.
Karen Goodlad, Chairperson, Department of Hospitality Management, New York City College of Technology, has seen this positive impact firsthand and said, “The Les Dames d’Escoffier New York scholarship program is intentionally designed to help students with the cost of education but also provides access to women business leaders. It is the formal mentoring component of the program which makes the financial award exponentially more effective. Our students quickly learn that having a supportive network includes peers, mentors, and advocates. This organization provides access to women they would need to work for years to meet. City Tech students are fortunate to be recipients of Les Dames scholarships.”
Over 1,000 students, from City Tech and other schools, have benefitted from the program, Amanda Hesser, Co-Founder of Food52, being one of them. She said, “My scholarship from Les Dames d’Escoffier allowed me to take risks, pursue my dreams, and embrace curiosity early in my career. This set a foundation that I can now see guided my professional life.”
Recent recipient Lia Jones, Founder and Executive Director of Diversity in Food & Beverage, noted, “having received my scholarship during such unprecedented times, while life was seemingly harder to navigate, I found support through the mentorship that accompanied this opportunity. Les Dames hadn’t just given me an opportunity but rather a gift that, in turn, made the weight of the world less cumbersome, and I am forever grateful.”
Help Les Dames d’Escoffier New York award its largest pool of scholarships during this milestone anniversary and at a crucial time. This money funds freedom: freedom to pursue an education, and freedom to pursue professional dreams. The Fortify at 45 campaign embraces all donors, offering robust engagement with today’s Dames and tomorrow’s future leaders; a connection that strengthens the entire hospitality industry. Supporting Fortify at 45 is easy, just click here to give generously.
Participating Schools and Programs: Careers Through Culinary Arts Programs (C-CAP), Cornell University School of Hotel Administration; Culinary Institute of America; Institute of Culinary Education; International Wine Center; Kingsborough Community College; Montclair State University; NYC College of Technology, New York University.
About Les Dames D’Escoffier New York (LDNY):
LDNY is the founding and largest chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), an experienced 501c3 non-profit organization. LDNY’s mission is to advance and support aspiring professional women in food and beverage, as well as to champion critical industry issues. Our vision is guided by three objectives: Education, Advocacy, and Philanthropy. Since 1977, LDNY has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to over 1,000 recipients. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn at @lesdamesny.
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