Each applicant for a JBF National Scholars Program award was asked to detail his or her educational history, employment history, volunteer work and public service, professional goals and financial status. Two letters of recommendation from employers or instructors and a short essay were also required.
The JBF National Scholars Program is a part of the larger James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program, which by the end of this year will have awarded over $6.5 million in financial aid to more than 1,800 recipients since its inception in 1991. Most of those awards, however, have gone to students going to culinary schools. The National Scholars Program is designed to expand the types of careers that the foundation will support.
“A desire to pursue a career in the culinary arts is no longer limited to cooking in the kitchen,” Kris Moon, vice president of the James Beard Foundation, said in a release. “Just as the types of careers available in the culinary arts have evolved, so too is the foundation’s scholarship program. The National Scholars Program supports a diverse group of students exploring virtually every educational discipline, whether that be history, anthropology, economics, management, or the sciences — as viewed through the lens of food.”