SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAMS

Before Amanda Hesser and Sara Moulton were culinary luminaries, they were savvy students whose hard work and future promise won them access to a prestigious Les Dames scholarship.

Since 1977, we have awarded more than $2 million in scholarships—many in partnership with corporate benefactors— to over 1,000 recipients, graduating from such prestigious culinary schools as:

CULINARY INSTITUTE
OF AMERICA
(CIA)

INSTITUTE OF
CULINARY EDUCATION
(ICE)

INTERNATIONAL
WINE CENTER
(IWC)

CORNELL UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF HOTEL
ADMINISTRATION

KINGSBOROUGH
COMMUNITY
COLLEGE

MONTCLAIR STATE
UNIVERSITY

NEW YORK CITY
COLLEGEOF TECHNOLOGY
(CITY TECH)

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
(NYU)

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS & GALA RECEPTION

Each July, LDNY’s Annual Scholarship Awards and Gala Reception is the culmination of the intense, focused work of the Scholarship Committee—the primary liaison for all participating schools and scholarship donors—which carefully reviews and assesses dozens of applications.

The Scholarship Awards Gala is attended by past and present award winners, partnering school directors and counselors, corporate benefactors and partners, as well as our members and their guests. It’s a festive and memorable celebration highlighting the vital mission of encouraging and growing our industry’s future leaders and forging important connections.


SCHOLARSHIP MENTORING PROGRAM

Having a mentor in the early stages of one’s career is key to professional and personal growth. LDNY’s Mentoring Program begins immediately after scholarships are awarded, when the Mentoring Committee reviews and matches each recipient to a Dame in her chosen career field. Whether a mentee experiences a “Day in the Life” at their mentor’s place of business, or through a series of meetings and valuable conversations, she receives career-building guidance. It’s during this time that many life-long relationships and career-making connections are formed.

Meet Some of Our Scholarship Recipients:

LDNY awarded over $85K in scholarships in 2020 to 17 talented women from our partner schools.

JULIA ESPOSITO

Culinary Institute of America

Growing up running a food blog and contributing to Connecticut News Program giving live TV segments, I discovered a love for Food Media at a young age. My goal in life is to have my own televised show where I can make the idea of cooking less intimidating and allow others to be inspired by what this industry has to offer.

MEDEGINE GUILLAUME

Culinary Institute of America

Food is meant to be shared with people of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. These past few months in 2020, I learned that food can serve as a creative outlet to communicate messages of love, inclusiveness and care.

ABBY KATZ

New York University Food Studies

I aspire to intertwine my interests in food policy, history, and racial justice to help advance culturally-competent food policy in my community. My ultimate goals are to obtain a doctoral degree and become a professor at a research institution where I can mentor students of color in social science fields.

SHELLY LEE

City Tech Hospitality Mgmt

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”. My goal is to help build a path for young women of all colors to be self-sufficient in the world of hospitality.

GABRIELA RODILES

ICE Culinary Arts

My goal is to be a relatable source and dynamic food personality in the media industry by empowering people in the kitchen and inspiring them with memorable recipes.

RAYNA THOMPSON

Culinary Institute of America

I am on the path of creating a business to hep bring together and diversity the food industry. I am a woman entrepreneur in the food industry and my goals it to chase this dream, so no one can chase it for me.