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$10K in Scholarships Available for Women Seeking Culinary Careers

Female chef croppedIf you are a woman who is interested in learning to be a pastry chef, organic farmer, culinary educator, wine sommelier or master chef, the San Antonio chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) would like to help you out.

LDEI San Antonio is now accepting scholarship applications for post-high school studies in the 2014-2015 school year. This year, the San Antonio chapter is awarding $10,000 in scholarships.

The financial program is designed to assist San Antonio area women who are pursuing an education in the food/culinary arts, wine, hospitality and agriculture industries.

Past scholarships have been awarded to women attending the University of The Incarnate Word, St. Philip’s College, Johnson & Wales University, The Culinary Institute of America, and other educational institutions.

“As a woman who has dedicated her professional life to restaurants, fine cuisine and hospitality, it is especially meaningful to help other women enter this field by chairing the committee selecting the scholarship recipients,” says scholarship chairwoman Diana Barrios Trevino.

To be eligible for the award, applicants must demonstrate financial need, attend an accredited institution, and currently maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point grade average. The scholarships are limited to women who are current residents of San Antonio, Bexar County and its contiguous counties.

Application forms are available online at the San Antonio chapter site:  Forms are also available at most financial aid offices at area schools, or can be requested from Trevino at

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2014 and addressed to Les Dames d’Escoffier, c/o Diane Thomas, P.O. Box 17812, San Antonio, Texas 78217.

Successful scholarship recipients will be notified no later than May 31, 2014; funds will be sent directly to the scholarship winner’s educational institution no later than September 1, 2014.

LDEI is a non-profit international association of women with successful careers in food, wine, hospitality and agriculture. The group is dedicated to assisting others through scholarships, education, advocacy and philanthropy.

For more information about the scholarship program of the San Antonio chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International,  please contact Trevino at or 210-771-7011.

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