Austin’s Les Dames d’Escoffier to Give $8,000 in Annual Culinary Scholarship

Applications Available for Local Women Seeking Culinary Education

Austin’s chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), the local organization of culinary professional women, will award two culinary scholarships this spring.

The Austin LDEI scholarships are for local women who are pursuing full-time culinary coursework in a culinary arts program for professional development. Two scholarships in the amount of $4,000 each will be awarded. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2015.

“We are delighted to nurture and support young women as they move toward leadership positions in the food business, right here in Austin, Texas, “ said scholarship committee chairperson, Meredith Beeman-Lynes.

Applicants must have completed at least twenty credit hours, have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher, and be enrolled currently in a local certificate or associate’s degree program in culinary arts, baking and pastry, or hospitality and restaurant management. Scholarships are awarded based on academic accomplishments, references, financial need, goals, aspirations, initiative, and culinary-related experience. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition or program fees only. Checks will be issued directly to institutions. Funds may not be applied to living expenses.


LDEI is an organization of women leaders around the world who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage, and hospitality professions. To do this, members in the chapters provide leadership, educational opportunities, and host philanthropic events within their communities.


Applicants must provide letters of reference attached to the application. Please do not attach unrequested materials such as photographs, clippings, or brochures. Contact scholarship committee chairperson, Meredith Beeman-Lynes, for application packets. Applications must be postmarked by March 30, 2015.


Please send your completed application to the following address:

Scholarship Committee

Les Dames d’Escoffier

PO Box 9141

Austin, TX 78766

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