LDNY Annual Scholarship Awards

Watch our recent online scholarship award ceremony for 2021 celebrating 16 scholars with 9 participating schools and partners.

On July 20th, Les Dames d’Escoffier New York announced the 2021 scholarship recipients in a virtual celebration co-chaired by Dame Kathryn Gordon and Dame Wanda Mann. 53 guests logged on to celebrate the sixteen women who were awarded nearly $80,000 in scholarships from LDNY to support their studies of culinary arts, wine & fine beverages, and hospitality. Guests were welcomed to the virtual celebration by Dame Jenifer Lang, co-president of LDNY. The event was emceed by scholarship committee co-chairs Dame Sharon Franke and Dame Jill Orent. Dame Melissa Rodriguez, an acclaimed Michelin-starred chef, shared a special message of encouragement and congratulations for the scholarship winners.   Event sponsor, The Original Green Pan, gifted each scholarship winner with a sauté pan. 

This first virtual celebration was sponsored by The Original Green Pan and awarded funds to 16 future food, fine beverage and hospitality industry leaders:

Maddalena Ahl

Javonne Alonzo

Dalila Barillas

Lucy Feng Wu

Quilla Gamarra

Chantel Hightower

Mackenzie Murray

Patricia Moran

Madeline Osovski

Alych Padro 

Christina Rivara

Nkaassaa Rochelle Render

Melissa Ruiz Diaz

Amanda Scoca

Naomii Tringali

Kristyna Zappasodi

Since 1977, LDNY has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships, many in partnership with corporate benefactors, to over 1,000 recipients. Our partners include:

  • Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)
  • Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
  • Culinary Institute of America (CIA)
  • Institute of Culinary Education (ICE)
  • International Wine Center (IWC)
  • Kingsborough Community College
  • Montclair State University
  • New York City College of Technology (City Tech)
  • New York University (NYU)