Les Dames D?Escoffier Offering Scholarships to Women Hospitality Workers
Oct 07 2020

Les Dames D’Escoffier Offering Scholarships to Women Hospitality Workers

By: Brhea Washington

Les Dames D'Escoffier of New Orleans, a chapter of Les Dames D'Escoffier International (LDEI), the philanthropic women leaders' organization, is providing three $1,500 grants/scholarships to support New Orleans women in the hospitality industry towards their personal career advancement and development. Applications for the grants/scholarships are due by November 30, 2020, and can be completed at lesdamesnola.org/applications-for-scholarships-grants-and-awards. Les Dames D'Escoffier supports and encourages community culture to accomplish hospitality excellence through food and fine beverages. With 40 chapters and over 2,300 members, LDEI provides guidance, leadership, education, and philanthropic events throughout communities all over the world.

Liz Williams, chapter Vice President of Philanthropy, emphasized how the hospitality industry has struggled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Despite Les Dames D'Escoffier's slowed regular schedule, they were granted time to complete grant and scholarship initiatives that cater to and aid women in hospitality during the pandemic.

The first scholarship is a $1,000 Non-Member Culinary Education Scholarship for novice women who are not members of LDEI and is available to women of all ages. To be eligible, the recipient must be within their first three years of a culinary career and the scholarship must go towards furthering culinary education. Culinary education can include enrollment in a culinary school or program, culinary training, travel and living costs, aiding other internships, or other opportunities within the hospitality industry

Other scholarships include the $250 Culinary Research Grant for Non-Members and the $250 Member Culinary Research Grant, which both offer funds for culinary research, such as traditional, anthropological, scientific, travel, or historical research. To be eligible for the Non-Member grant, the recipient must have at least five years of field research experience. To be eligible for the Member grant, the recipient must be a LDEI member. The Member grant also supports writing, photography, and other publication ventures.

For more information, visit LDEI.org or Facebook @LDEIdamesdescoffier

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