Scholarships & Grants


Applications will be available HERE on April 1, 2017. Check back soon!


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Established in 1991, the scholarship program assists aspiring and established culinary professionals who plan to further their education at a licensed or accredited culinary school or hospitality institution, college, or university. In the past 25 years, the program has not only grown in visibility and financial scope, but in the array of subjects its recipients have embraced. As of 2016, the Foundation will have awarded over $ 7 million in financial aid to more than 1,850 recipients.

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2017 Scholarship Applications

There are three basic types of awards:

  • Friends of James Beard: Cash grants applied to tuition (and sometimes other school-related expenses)
  • James Beard School Scholarships: Tuition waivers granted by educational institutions, which are renewable in some cases
  • Grants for working culinary professionals that cover expenses from programs offering experiential learning at farms, fisheries, wineries, and other venues of food production, under the auspices of the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study program

The scholarships offered vary from year to year. Applicants may be planning to study a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Culinary arts
  • Baking and pastry
  • Hospitality management
  • Food studies (including history, economics, anthropology, sociology)
  • Agriculture
  • Sustainability
  • Food security

The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program is administered with the assistance of Scholarship America of St. Peter, Minnesota, a well-respected nonprofit organization dedicated to making post-secondary education available to all. Since its founding over 50 years ago, Scholarship America has distributed more than $3 billion in financial aid to over 2 million students.

Finalists will be reviewed by the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee, under the direction of JBF president Susan Ungaro. Recipients will be notified by the end of August. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2017.

Scholarship News

The James Beard Foundation scholarship program has completed our first year of the National Scholars Program, which provided ten high-impact scholarships of $20,000 each to food-focused candidates of exceptional talent. The National Scholars Program will be offered again in 2017.

Candidates for our ten (10) National Scholarships in 2017 will be selected according to their academic merit, as well as personal and professional recommendations. To ensure regional diversity of this national program, one awardee will be selected from each of the ten geographic regions defined by the James Beard Foundation Awards.

Getting Ready to Apply

Although each scholarship will have its own requirements, there is some general information you’ll need to complete the application for the James Beard Scholarship Program:

  • Identify the school you plan to attend
  • Transcript if you are a senior in high school
  • Transcript from post-secondary schools
  • Identify the discipline you plan to study
  • Cumulative grade point average from your most recent school
  • Rank-in-class, if applicable
  • SAT and/or ACT scores, if applicable
  • List of your paid work experience
  • List of your school and community volunteer activities (unpaid)
  • Brief statement of your professional goals and aspirations
  • Brief statement of any unusual family or personal circumstances
  • Brief essays for certain scholarships (see listing)
  • Financial data information (contained in the application)
  • A completed applicant appraisal form (see form in application) from a school counselor or advisor, or a work supervisor who knows you well

Please read the descriptions for all scholarships carefully, as some have additional requirements.

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


For more information, please contact Diane Harris Brown, JBF's director of educational and community programming, at or at 212.627.1128.

For more guidelines and FAQs, please visit the Scholarship America website.

Scholarship Sponsors

JBF scholarship sponsors give the invaluable gift of education to aspiring culinarians around the country. Each year the Foundation offers over 80 cash scholarships and tuition waivers to deserving students, none of which would be possible without the generosity of these sponsors. Email us for information on becoming a scholarship sponsor.