2020-2021 Culinary Scholarship

The Edna Lewis Foundation is pleased to announce open season for applications to our  2020-2021 scholarship class. One scholarship grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded to a qualified applicant within the categories of Agriculture & Farming, Culinary Arts, and Food Writing. One week to go to get your ELF Scholarship Applications in. Don’t miss the June 30, 2020 deadline!


Edna Lewis Foundation Scholarships follow a grant model, in which the recipient is given wide latitude in the use of scholarship funds to achieve a goal to advance their career in their chosen food-related career. Qualified expenses include general living expenses including housing and childcare during stages, apprenticeships, or internships; tuition for school, fees for workshops, or symposia; and travel expenses related to these pursuits. Scholarships may not be used as seed money or operating capital for business or entrepreneurial ventures.


The Edna Lewis Foundation encourages scholarship applicants to dream and define the opportunity and Edna Lewis Foundation Scholarship can help make a reality. The written essay part of the application is the applicant’s opportunity to explain to the Foundation’s Awards Committee how an Edna Lewis Foundation scholarship will help elevate their career to a new, higher level, the financial barriers the scholarship will help overcome, and how the applicant would use scholarship funds to achieve their career goals.


Each scholarship recipient will work closely with a mentor, either identified by the scholar themself or selected from a slate of accomplished professionals in the recipient’s chosen career path. For the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, mentorships may not be hands on, and may be subject to social distancing guidelines for the safety of both the scholarship recipient and mentor.

Applicants must identify as Black and be at least 21 years of age at the time scholarship is to be awarded. The date of the scholarship award is determined in part by the scholarship applicant’s timeline for their grant, and the Board of Trustees’ determination of when funds will be disbursed. The earliest possible date of scholarship disbursement will be August 15, 2020, and the latest possible date for disbursement will be January 15, 2021.

How To apPLY

Step 1

Download the Edna Lewis Foundation Scholarship Application. Complete all fields of the application.

Step 2

Write a 1000 – 1500 word essay. Tell the Scholarship Awards Committee about yourself, your career up to this point, and what your career goals are, and how this scholarship will help you achieve them. Tell us specifically what you want to use scholarship funds to transform your career and set you on a path to success in your chosen path. Tell us what financial challenges you are facing meeting your goals and be specific about how Edna Lewis Foundation Scholarship funds will help you overcome those challenges. Discuss what type of mentorship, which will be provided along with scholarship funds, you need to get you on the right track and stay on the right track.


Finally, and most importantly, tell us how Edna Lewis inspires you to be a better professional working in
our food system.

Step 3

Send the application, a copy of your Curriculum Vitae or resume, and your essay as attachments to an email to scholarships@ednalewisfoundation.org. in the body of the email, write a short introductory letter introducing yourself, and telling us which scholarship you are applying for, and a few words about what you know about the life and work of Edna Lewis.

2020-2021 Scholarship Year scholarships must be completed by June 30, 2020.

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