Scholarships & Grants
Knowledge is growth. Growth breeds success.
The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program helps aspiring culinary students realize their dreams by supporting them on a path to success in the rewarding world of the hospitality industry. Professional grants enable those already working in the industry to gain experience and hone their skills.
JBF has announced the launch of the James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Scholarship Fund. Learn more.
2014 Scholarship Applications
The deadline for 2014 scholarships has now passed. See the scholarship FAQs for more information on the program and how to apply next year. Applications for our 2015 scholarships will be available starting on April 1, 2015.
Types of JBF Scholarships
The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program includes a number of scholarships that change year to year.
Full descriptions for the 2015 scholarships are available here. Here's a snapshot of available scholarships:
- Spencer’s Restaurant at the Mountain: the four-star American restaurant in Palm Springs, California is offering an unrestricted scholarship to a deserving student selected by the JBF Scholarship Selection Committee.
- Andrew Zimmern’s “Second Chances” Scholarship: sponsored by Eyebobs, will offer a student faced with extreme challenges, a “second chance,” to overcome these hardships.
- Green Door Gourmet Scholarship: sponsored by Sylvia Harrelson Ganier, will reward a student with an interest in sustainable farming and learning creative cooking using fresh, nutritious foods.
- Miljenko “Mike” Grgich’s American Dream Scholarship: sponsored by Grgich Hills Estate; offers a professional wine studies program.
- Union Center National Bank Scholarship: will be presented to an individual from the state of New Jersey who possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and aspiration for excellence.
Our scholarship program is one of our educational pillars, essential to the fulfillment of our mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire.
Scholarships are offered in a variety of fields, including culinary studies, pastry and baking, hotel and restaurant management, wine studies, nutrition, and food writing. Some have certain requirements, while others are unrestricted.
Since 2006 the James Beard Foundation has been assisted in the administration of its scholarship program by the Scholarship Management Services division of Scholarship America, a well-respected nonprofit organization that has helped award scholarships to over one million students.
Scholarships awarded by the James Beard Foundation vary from year to year, depending on the donors. Information about the program is posted annually on April 1 on our website.
Applications for James Beard Foundation scholarships are received and evaluated by Scholarship America. Each student is rated according to a standardized system based on such factors as grade point average, extracurricular activities including work experience, letters of recommendation, and financial need. From the approximately 650 applications received, about 125 well-rounded students with a strong commitment to the culinary arts are identified as finalists.
The applications of the finalists are then submitted to the James Beard Foundation’s Scholarship selection committee for final review. The committee members are:
Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation
Lynda Dias, Professor in the Hospitality Management Department, New York City College of Technology
Andrew Gold, Dean of Students, Institute of Culinary Education
Ron Gumbaz, long time supporter of the James Beard Foundation
MaryKate Howland, Registrar, The International Culinary Center
Since its inception in 1991, the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program has awarded over $4.6 million in financial aid to a variety of students—from recent high school graduates, to working culinary professionals, to career changers. Recipients come from many countries, and enhance their knowledge at schools around the world.
Read stories about JBF scholarship recipients.
Work Study Grants
The Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant
Chef Jean-Louis Palladin is considered one of the culinary geniuses of the 20th century. He was a master of his craft, known for his creativity, passion, technique, and commitment to the very best. Jean-Louis was as much a teacher as a chef, encouraging and mentoring many while demanding perfection of himself and all around him. He was funny, laughed easily, and embraced life fully.
The James Beard Foundation is proud to offer the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant. Created to perpetuate the mission and programs of the Jean-Louis Palladin Foundation, the initiative will provide a series of annual grants of up to $10,000 to working chefs.
This grant will allow recipients to spend time learning from and working with master growers, producers, and food artisans; to toil alongside renowned chefs in America and abroad; and to study varied specialized skills.
Learn more about the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant.
JLP Grant Application
The Rhone Rangers Professional Study/Travel Grant
The James Beard Foundation and the Rhone Rangers offer this professional study/travel grant to working sommeliers or chefs who wish to learn about American Rhône-varietal wines. Grant recipients visit several notable wineries and meet the winemakers. The goal is to provide a greater understanding of and appreciation for the quality, diversity, and food-friendliness of American Rhône wines.
Rhone Rangers Grant Application