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Applications

Since our scholarship and grant program began eight years ago, we have awarded more than $160,000 to women across the state pursuing a wide variety of food- and culinary-related careers. 

Our Mission

Scholarships 

We offer annual scholarships for education and continuing education awards to female applicants pursuing culinary or pastry arts, farming, beverage management, hospitality, nutrition and dietetics, or agriculture coursework at four-year universities and community colleges. 

Application Details 2024

Community College Student Applicant Eligibility

  • Female completing first year of coursework

  • Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management or other food-related major (All scholarships are administered by the recipient’s school; money is to be used only for tuition.)

  • Willing to volunteer at one or more LDEI events during the upcoming year

  • Completed application

Four-Year University Student Applicant Eligibility

  • Female junior

  • Must be majoring in a food-related field ( (ie: Nutrition/Dietetics, Hospitality, Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry, Agricultural Sciences, etc.)  (All scholarships are administered by the recipient’s school; money is to be used only for tuition.)

  • Willing to volunteer at one or more LDEI events during the upcoming year

  • Completed application

Individual Educational Scholarships:

Each scholarship is a minimum of $1,000, and the recipient(s) must submit a complete application.

Deadline:  March 22, 2024

Click below to complete the Individual Scholarship Application

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Monique Williams, Owner of the Cheesecake Empori-Yum, 2021 Entrepreneur Grant Winner

Entrepreneur Grants

The mission of LDEI Birmingham is to mentor and support women working in the food, culinary and hospitality industry. Our chapter assists female-owned businesses in the industry with cash awards up to $5,000 to help them expand and enhance their business.

Application Details 2024

Entrepreneur Award Applicant Eligibility 

  • Female business owner in the food, culinary, or hospitality industry

  • Willing to support and participate in Les Dames d’Escoffier events

  • Completed application

Entrepreneur Grant:  Up to $5,000 

The candidate must define and validate how her business plans to meet its mission and goals. Only complete applications with all required information and forms will be considered for this award.

Deadline:  March 22, 2024

Click below to complete the Entrepreneur Award Application

Women helping women, we are all about that.

Past Entrepreneur
Grant Recipients

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