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Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS Announces 2019 Scholarships for Foodservice and Hospitality Students

Tue, Feb 19th 2019 09:00 am

February 19, 2019, BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program to support Western New York-area high school seniors aspiring to careers in the foodservice and hospitality industries. This year’s program will award five recipients with a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward their college educations.

“As food festival that is a non-profit organization, we feel it is important to help support the next generation of chefs and hospitality executives,” said 2019 Taste of Buffalo Chair Matthew Testa. “Since we started this scholarship program in 1997, the Taste of Buffalo and its partners have awarded more than $87,000 to help students in these fields.”

To be eligible for any of the above scholarships, students must be residents of Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, Genesee, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, or Allegany counties and have enrolled in a two- or four-year college in a foodservice or hospitality degree program. For additional scholarship criteria and to download an application, visit www.tasteofbuffalo.com. The application deadline is Friday, April 12, 2019. Selected recipients will be notified no later than May 1, 2019.

Click here for the application.

About the Taste

The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is the nation's largest two-day food festival, attracting more than 450,000 visitors each year. The 36th annual Taste will take place on July 13 and 14, 2019, along Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. The Taste is a not-for-profit organization with more than 1,000 volunteers helping to put on the annual event. Approximately $500,000 has been raised at the festival for local charities in addition to five $1,000 scholarships awarded annually to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality-related degree. For more information, visit tasteofbuffalo.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.