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 $79K in scholarships in 2021 to 16 talented women from our partner schools.

PATRICIA MORAN

Culinary Institute of America

I hope to remind people that the concepts of good, fresh, sustainable, nutritious, and delicious can be synonymous and affordable! Food is a necessity, but also a joy! My goal is to bring health, inclusivity, happiness, and community to whomever I can in a way that uplifts others and improves access to quality nutrition for as many as possible.

JAVONNE ALONZO

New York University

I hope to be able to bridge school food education and Black culinary history to teach kids in my community about where their food comes from and why it’s important to who they are.

CHANTEL HIGHTOWER

Culinary Institute of America

My most motivating career goal is to help contribute to the sustainable food systems movement that is growing within our industry. It is our job as chefs to create food that is good for not just ourselves, but also our planet.

MACKENZIE MATHESON

C-CAP

My career goal is to become a Chef and owner of my own restaurant where I will help my minority brothers and sisters who want to pursue work in the culinary field. My restaurant will act as a stepping-stone or a pertinent home for them. I also want people to understand the true beauty of diversity in food and how amazing it can be.

NAOMII TRINGALI

International Wine Center

My goal is to receive my Masters in Wine and use my knowledge to help educate other women and people of color in wine and spirits, showing there is a path to higher education in hospitality.

KRISTYNA ZAPPASODI

Montclair University

My goal is to become a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, providing nutrition education while honoring individual’s cultural food preferences.

NKAASSAA ROCHELLE RENDER

Institute of Culinary Education

Creating a hands-on experience, to educate community members of the importance in consuming whole foods and having a balanced meal each day on their recovery journey, is a foundation step on the path of culinary contributions I seek to make.