Women Leaders in
Food, Fine Beverage & Hospitality

L'Etoile Scholarship Application

Les Dames dEscoffier New York (LDNY) is an international organization of accomplished professional women in the food, nutrition, fine beverage, and hospitality industries. The primary goal of the Annual Scholarship Program is to encourage talented women to become leaders in these industries by assisting them in furthering their professional education. In 2019, 17 deserving women were awarded a total of $58,000 in scholarships.

All winners are offered the opportunity to participate in our Mentorship Program. This program provides scholarship winners with additional support as they strive to advance in their chosen fields.

The $20,000 LEtoile scholarship is a new scholarship to be awarded to an exceptional young woman who meets the following criteria:

Eligible women are invited to submit an application. Download the 2020 Application PDF.

Rules for Eligibility for the LEtoile Scholarship 
  • Only students enrolled in one of our partner schools may apply.
  • Applicants must reside in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.
  • Applicants must have completed at least 2 years in a BA or BS four-year program with a culinary, wine, nutrition, or hospitality focus, with a minimum GPA of 3.5. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate excellence in their academic and personal achievements. 
Application Process
  • New applications for 2020 will be accepted starting Monday, January 20, 2020.
  • Students submit completed applications to their participating schools liaison.
  • LDNY cannot accept applications directly from students.
  • School liaisons forward an electronic version of each students application to LDNYscholarship@gmail.com no later than March 4, 2020.
  • The scholarship recipient will be selected in May 2020, and notified through school liaisons.
Please note that incomplete applications cannot be accepted.
For questions about the application, email:
Submit the application in PDF format in the following order
  1. Completed application Cover Page.
  2. Resumé (no longer than 2 pages).
  3. Official transcript from the current institution or most recent college/university.
  4. A 500 word essay describing why you should be considered for the LEtoile Scholarship.
  5. Two professional letters of recommendation.
  6. (Note: Recommendations from friends or relatives will not be accepted.)
Note to School Liaisons
  • Please verify all applications to assure that they are complete and that students meet eligibility requirements.
  • Scan each application as a single, stand-alone PDF, make sure each document is clearly named, and email PDFs to LDNYscholarship@gmail.com.
  • Complete the attached LEtoile Excel School Log for your school, email to LDNYscholarship@gmail.com.
  • If you have questions about scholarships or the application, email LDNYscholarship@gmail.com.
Important additional Information
  • Finalists for the LEtoile scholarship will be interviewed by members of the LDNY scholarship committee.
  • Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
  • No additional material will be considered in the application process.
  • Applicants will be notified in late May 2020.
  • A reception for scholarship recipients, mentors and guests will be held on July 15th, 2020. All scholarship recipients are encouraged to attend.
  • Applications will be accepted from Monday, January 27, 2020 till March 4, 2020.

Download the 2020 Application PDF

For questions about the application, email: LDNYscholarship@gmail.com
School Liaisons email a PDF of each completed application to: LDNYscholarship@gmail.com

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