Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships for Culinary Education

The Minnesota chapter of LDEI has provided Minnesota women with scholarships for Culinary Education for the past 15 years. We have given over $20,000 in scholarships over the last eight years. We strive to raise funds to reach more students with the financial support they need to finance their college education.

Our scholarships are given to qualified female applicants pursuing fulltime academic coursework in the fields of culinary arts, hospitality, nutrition, agriculture and related areas of study.  The amount of each scholarship given is a minimum of $1,000.   Applicants are judged on their career and academic goals, past performance, leadership qualities, volunteer and community involvement, and references.

The following criteria must be met by students applying for this scholarship: they must be legal residents of the State of Minnesota or nominated by a member of the Minnesota Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier; they must be enrolled in, or accepted to, a full-time accredited institution of higher learning in the United States; and they must have at least one year’s prior experience in the food industry. In addition to experience and academic excellence, the financial need of each applicant is also considered.

Click here to apply online for Scholarship for Culinary Education

Click here to meet our past Scholarship Recipients

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Dame It Dollars:
Micro-Grants for Women in the Food Industry

The Minnesota Chapter of LDEI is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for our Dame It! Dollars Micro-Grant program.

Women in the food and fine beverage industries often face long hours, low-pay and difficult working conditions. These one-time grants aim to provide support to women in the field including small business owners, food service employees and those interested in the field.  We understand that small amounts of money provided at the right time can have a large impact.   Grants can include but are not limited to:

  • Business promotion (website, promotional events, social media)
  • Equipment purchases
  • Short-term classes including certification courses
  • Industry conference fees
  • Business expansion
  • Professional development

This program has been a success since it’s start in 2017 as we are pleased to have been able to award grants to fourteen women within three years for a total over $7000.00!

The Micro-Grants are competitively awarded by a panel assessing the applicant’s career goals, leadership qualities and perceived need. The amount of each grant may vary depending on the specific amount requested and the funds available.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Apply here for Dame It! Dollars Micro-Grants

For further information please email us at


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