SCHOLARSHIPs

2018 Applications

The Taste of Buffalo, Inc. in its continuing commitment to Western New York, is proud to sponsor once again, a scholarship program for college-bound students in the eight counties of Western New York who will pursue a degree in Foodservice or Hospitality industries.  Up to five $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded and will be based on the criteria and terms described on the last page of this scholarship application.

The eight counties of Western New York are: Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany.

To apply students must submit the scholarship application, two letters of reference, a high school transcript and your most recent report card.

The application deadline is Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2018. Please contact Cheryl Goldstone at [email protected] if you have any questions. Alternatively, you may contact Taste of Buffalo Event Coordinator, Connie Wendling at 716-656-1214.

Download the Scholarship Application - PDF

 

NEW this year! Taste of Buffalo's Culinary Advancement Scholarship for Women

To promote the advancement of women in Culinary Arts this one-time $1000.00 scholarship will be awarded to a female graduating from high school in June 2018. The student must be pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts. The scholarship will be based on the criteria and terms described on the last page of this scholarship application.

Applicants must be residents of Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus or Allegany counties in New York State and continuing their education in an accredited two or four-year school majoring in a CULINARY ARTS curriculum. The scholarship recipient will be selected based on achievement, experience, enthusiasm, recommendations, school/community involvement, goals and essay.

The application deadline is Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2018. Please contact Cheryl Goldstone at [email protected] if you have any questions. Alternatively, you may contact Taste of Buffalo Event Coordinator, Connie Wendling at 716-656-1214.

Download the Culinary Advancement Scholarship for Women Application - PDF


Scholarship Winners

2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Winners are announced in June.

 

2017 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Scholarship Recipients Information


Mikayla Claus

I am currently a senior at Grand Island High School and a culinary student at the Kenton Career and Technical Center.  I will attend SUNY Cobleskill in the fall to earn a degree in Culinary Arts. I currently work part-time as a busser at the Grapevine Restaurant. I plan to become a chef when I graduate from college.  I want to make people understand that healthy food can taste amazing.



Ryan Dunbar

I will graduate from Alexander High School in June 2017.  While in high school I attended the Genesee Valley BOCES during my junior and senior years. I worked with two very talented, passionate and experienced chefs, who strengthened my desire to enter into the culinary arts path in college. I will be attending Alfred State College in the fall to earn an Associate's degree in Culinary and Baking/Pastry Arts, and then plan to continue on to earn my Bachelor's degree in Restaurant Management. I look forward to learning about the many facets of the food industry and working through the various jobs within this field.  I would love to move to a big city, work in the food industry for a few years and someday own my own restaurant. I have an extreme passion for cooking, and preparing amazing and unique food for my friends and family brings me great satisfaction.



Yontia Eaton

I am currently a senior at Emerson School of Hospitality in Buffalo.  I work at Wegmans in the bakery. My plans after graduation are to attend Niagara County Community College where I will study Culinary Arts. My dream is to become an executive chef one day.



Stephanie Saunders

In June, I will be graduating from Orchard Park High School with my Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors and Mastery in Science.  In August I will begin my studies at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York where I plan to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Science.  Currently I work at the YMCA After School Program at Ellicott Elementary, at Elm Street Bakery, and at Babcia's Pierogi.  Following my graduation, I plan to explore the culinary scenes of the world, specifically France.  As a chef, I will use my creative mindset to deliver a unique dining experience in my own restaurant by combining my knowledge from the Culinary Institute of America with my passion for food and art.



Tiana Woods

I am a senior at Emerson School of Hospitality in Buffalo where I currently serve on the Student Council, Buffalo Public Schools' Wellness Committee, Yearbook Club and Garden Club.  I enjoy service opportunities and contributing to others.  In addition to service activities with Girl Scouts I am also hardworking, creative and compassionate about others.  I currently work at Wegman's.  I will be attending Buffalo State College in the fall where I will major in Hospitality.  I hope to obtain a position in the Hospitality field upon graduating from college.

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