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

NEW YORK CITY
COLLEGEOF TECHNOLOGY
(CITY TECH)

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
(NYU)

KINGSBOROUGH
COMMUNITY
COLLEGE

MONTCLAIR STATE
UNIVERSITY


The 2023 Scholarship Application period will open in the spring.

Interested students should reach out to their school’s liaison or email LDNY Scholarships.

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.

Les Dames d’Escoffier Annual Scholarship Reception in New York City, on July 13, 2022. Photo by Cynthia Carris Alonso
Les Dames d’Escoffier Annual Scholarship Reception in New York City, on July 13, 2022. Photo by Cynthia Carris Alonso
Grace Ramirez, World Central Kitchen, 2022 Scholarship Award Ceremony Featured Speaker


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 $43K in scholarships in 2022 to 14 talented women from our partner schools and C-CAP.

ZEVANYA SIBARANI

NYC Technical College

My goal is to teach, encourage, and motivate young women to manage, operate, and lead in the food and beverage industry.

CHAYIL HYLAND

Cornell University

I am striving to create a future of food that includes various opportunities for black women to occupy spaces in managerial, entrepreneurial, and other leadership roles.

DANIELLE SYKORA

Montclair State University

My goal is to achieve the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential in order to guide people in making food and nutrition choices that best support their physical and psychological health while promoting environmental sustainability.

ELIZABETH DELONG

Culinary Institute of America

I want to be known as the person that helped in any way that they could, and I want to be known as the person that helped, one plate at a time.

TAELOR MITCHELL

Culinary Institute of America

My goal is to lift spirits, make memories, and bring communities together with my food.

MYA ORGANISCIAK

Culinary Institute of America

My goal is to make significant changes with food scarcity by implementingfood fridges in lower income cities.

STEPHANIE SIMOULIS

Culinary Institute of America

I believe sustainability is deeply connected to flavor, tasting flavors in origin with seasonality allows me to create. My goal is to create a space that honors my ancestors.