VICTORIA — Online applications are now open for those who identify as women and AFAB (assigned female at birth) non-binary in British Columbia to obtain scholarships in culinary, beverage, agriculture, aquaculture and other hospitality fields. Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter has up to $20,000 to award this year.
The scholarships are open to those who identify as women and non-binary of any age and at any stage of their career who are looking to refine or expand their expertise at a credible educational institution of their choice anywhere in the world. Scholarships are awarded on merit, ability, commitment and passion, and applicants can be awarded more than once, depending on the circumstance, and if a previous application was unsuccessful, the person is encouraged to apply again between now and Feb. 13, 2023.
This year’s scholarships are particularly meaningful, given the extended impact of COVID-19 on B.C.’s foodservice industry. Scholarships allow those who identify as women and non-binary to gain a competitive edge by furthering their education, and enabling them to pivot to other sectors of the hospitality industry as necessary to survive and thrive in these challenging times.
Mandy Newcomb, chef instructor and coordinator for the Culinary Arts Program at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, B.C. was the recipient of the 2022 Service Excellence Scholarship. She toured North Arm Farm, Kuurne Farms and Two Rivers Specialty Meats as part of the program.
“The opportunity to experience first-hand the full circle process of supplying food from farm to fork was incredible. I was inspired to include creative ways to forage and support local ingredients in my curriculum, and am very excited to share this new knowledge and experience with my students,” says Newcomb. “I am also especially grateful for the valuable new connections that I gained through this scholarship and commend Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter for providing these diverse opportunities to women of all ages, backgrounds, levels and fields of experience.”
“Les Dames d’Escoffier British Columbia (LDBC) has a 30-year history of elevating, educating and celebrating [those who identify as] women [and non-binary] in hospitality, beverage, food production and foodservice,” says Karen Dar Woon, board secretory and co-chair of Scholarship. “Established in 1993, our scholarship program is one of very few that provides funding for women and those who identify as AFAB in all stages of their careers. Funds assist candidates to fulfill their educational paths, reach their career goals, and teach their skills to new professionals. LDBC has provided [more than] $300,000 of funding for hospitality management, science, viticulture, culinary, teaching and sommelier training. As part of an international organization comprising membership in Canada, U.S, England, France, Italy and Mexico, our network of leaders provides mentorship and opportunities to the next generation.”
To apply, click here.