Taste of Buffalo Scholarship Program

The Taste of Buffalo, Inc. in its continuing commitment to Western New York, is proud to offer 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 application deadline is Wednesday, April 21, 2020. Winners will be notified by May 5, 2020. For more information, please contact Cheryl Goldstone at [email protected].

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2019 Taste of Buffalo Scholarship Recipients


Emily Cascio

I will be graduating from Kenmore West High School in June 2019 and will be attending Niagara Culinary Institute/NCCC where I will major in Baking and Pastry Arts. My interest in baking started as a young child baking with my mother and those experiences have grown into a passion for baking and cake decorating. Baking is an exciting medium for me to express my artistic vision. I have won 1st place in a Gingerbread competition, 3rd place in a Skills USA commercial baking competition and 1st place in a cake decorating competition. I hope to incorporate what I learn into achieving my goal of opening a bakery focused on not only taste and appearance, but also the health and dietary requirements of my customers.


Dakota Miller

I am currently a senior at Lancaster High School. I am enrolled in the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. I was a member of the men’s Varsity swim team throughout my high school career. In the fall, I will be attending Erie Community College in their Culinary Arts Program. Currently I am employed at Russell’s Steaks Chops and More as a hot appetizer chef. Last summer, I spent my time at the speedway as the youngest NASCAR starter. I enjoy cooking and am excited to pursue my passion by perfecting my skills in the culinary field. In the future, I hope to become a professional chef.


Maya Sobaszek

I will be graduating from Frontier Central High School in June 2019 and will be continuing my education at the Culinary Institute of America in Culinary Science with a concentration in Baking and Pastry Arts. I have completed a two-year program in Baking and Pastry at Erie 1 Harkness Center. I am a member in the Technical Honor Society, Girls Varsity bowing, Orchestra and the ETHOS Club. My goal is to work with Disney as part of their baking and pastry team.


Julia Tibold

I am currently a senior at Iroquois High School and I have also attended the W.D. Ormsby BOCES culinary program. In addition, through BOCES I intern at Kayleena Marie’s Bakery. I plan to attend the Culinary Institute of America in the fall for Baking and Pastry, with a Bachelor’s in Food Business Management. After graduating, it is my hope to open a bakery where a majority of the employees are people with special needs; allowing many opportunities for a disabled people to better themselves in doing something they love. I hope to be able to teach them skills and spread the passion of baking.

Jillian Wojtkowski

I will be graduating from Sweet Home High School this June and will attend Niagara University in the fall where I will major in Hotel Planning, Development and Operations. I have been a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Symphony Orchestra, Amherst Youth Consortium and Girl Scouts where I have earned my Gold Award. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree I hope to be employed at a well-known hotel and see different parts of the world.