Deadline Three Weeks Away to Apply for Culinary Trust Scholarships, Grants, and Internships
As the philanthropic partner of IACP, The Culinary Trust, co-founded by the late Julia Child in 1984, has awarded nearly $1,500,000 in grants and scholarships, assisting more than 500 talented individuals from all over the world in their pursuit of culinary knowledge and experience. If you've been thinking about applying for one of TCT's 2013-14 opportunities, we don't want you to miss your chance! The deadline is March 1 (online or postmarked).
From Laura Atkinson, Director of Operations, The Culinary Trust
The Culinary Trust has been offering scholarships to entering culinary students, and continuing education for culinary professionals, since its inception as IACP's philanthropic foundation almost 30 years ago. Back in 1984, when TCT was born as the Cooking Advancement Research and Education Foundation, there was an emphasis on setting standards for culinary professionals. While IACP created the Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) program, TCT focused on scholarships that would give culinary professionals the skills needed to meet the CCP standards. Providing skills, setting standards, and creating recognition for our profession were essential for the industry at that time.
Fast forward: The culinary profession has arrived, as evidenced by the television channels devoted full-time to food, chefs around the world being lauded as celebrities, and vocational culinary education regarded as a legitimate career path for high school graduates. What does this mean for the work of TCT today?
For entering culinary students, our scholarship program is as important as ever, as the need for financial assistance to attend culinary school continues to rise. Over the years, we have partnered with many culinary schools who often become long-time supporters; this year they include:
• Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, Denver
• Dublin Cookery School, Ireland
• The International Culinary Center, NYC
• The Institute for Culinary Education, NYC
• Le Cordon Bleu International: London, Australia, Paris, Tokyo and Kobe
For emerging and established culinary professionals, there is increasing emphasis on how our profession affects the world around us, and the health and environmental impacts related to what we cook and eat. In 2012, TCT expanded its scholarship program to address these concerns, introducing professional development opportunities closely connected to our mission to give culinary professionals tools and opportunities to understand and act on critical issues in food. This year we're honored to partner with eight professional development internship host sites:
• SeeFood Media, NYC
• Wellness In The Schools, NYC
• Spoons Across America, NYC
• City Harvest, NYC
• Purple Asparagus, Chicago
• Sustainable Food Center, Austin
• John Besh Foundation, New Orleans
• Mozzarella Company, Dallas
And we again offer two $5,000 independent study grants named after TCT co-founder Julia Child, through The Boston Foundation and The Culinary Trust. They are available to a career professional to do research, writing and teaching related to French food, wine and culinary disciplines, as well as French food history and traditions.
We encourage IACP members to apply, and to refer your friends and colleagues!
Please visit The Culinary Trust's website to download our full scholarship, grant and professional development program listings and descriptions, as well as directions for how to apply online or by mail. We are accepting applications through March 1 (online or postmarked).