James Beard Foundation Awards Ten Recipients for Inaugural JBF National Scholars Program

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Fri. August 26th, 2016 - by Melissa De Leon Chavez

NEW YORK, NY - Ten candidates spanning the U.S. have become the inaugural students to receive the James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) National Scholarships.

Kris Moon, Vice President, James Beard Foundation“We are proud that our Foundation’s newest scholarship program is committed to awarding $20,000 in financial aid to ten extraordinary scholars each year,” said Kris Moon, Vice President of the James Beard Foundation, according to a press release. “A desire to pursue a career in the culinary arts is no longer limited to cooking in the kitchen. Just as the types of careers available in the culinary arts have evolved, so too is the Foundation’s scholarship program.”

Moon added that the National Scholars Program supports a diverse group of students exploring virtually every educational discipline, including history, anthropology, economics, management, or the sciences—as viewed through the lens of food.

Holland Dougherty, PhD Student, UC Davis & James Beard Scholarship RecipientIncluded in the recipient’s was Davis, CA’s own Holland Dougherty, a student at the University of California, Davis, where she is completing her PhD in agriculture, specializing in animal studies.

The foundation emphasized a focus on diversity, ensuring that every region of the U.S. was considered when naming those who demonstrated potential for leadership roles in culinary arts, food studies, agriculture, hospitality management, and related fields. To see the inspiration behind the program for yourself, watch the video below.

Administered by nonprofit organization Scholarship Management Services division of Scholarship America, the program is part of the larger James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program, which is awarding more than $750,000 in financial aid available in 2016, the largest annual total in the Foundation’s history.

To learn more about the program and see past winners, click here.

Congratulations to all recipients of this notable award.

James Beard Foundation