About The Program

The Scholarship Committee of the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is an administrative body that annually grants scholarships to women with a desire to begin training in culinary, beverage or hospitality fields, and to women already skilled in these fields who seek to refine or further their expertise at an educational institution/course of their choice. All scholarships are awarded based on merit, ability, commitment and passion, and may range in value between $300 and $2000 depending on funds available, program requirements and approved applicants. Each application is reviewed and evaluated by the scholarship committee composed of Les Dames members.

Applications are accepted October 1st through January 31st each year and are awarded in March. Applicants must be B.C. residents.

We also work with other organizations to provide additional scholarship opportunities including Barry Callebaut’s Chocolate Academy, Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver, Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, and Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.

Please Note:
– Most scholarships awarded rarely constitute a complete tuition, therefore you must be able to provide the remaining funds through other sources, and not all applicants are awarded funds.
– A $30 non refundable processing fee is required to administer your application whether you are awarded a scholarship or not.

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Scholarship Sponsors

Les Dames Cacao Barry Chocolate Scholarship Photo of Les Dames Cacao Barry Chocolate Scholarship

A two or three day class at one of the worlds greatest chocolate academies. Classes are held in Montreal in either English or French.

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Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver Photo of Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver

NWCA offers $1500 for either the Professional Culinary Diploma Program or the One Year Professional Diploma Program, both highly intensive, condensed professional programs which are taught in an adult environment in a chef-owned and intimate culinary school.

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The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Photo of The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

PICA contributes towards culinary programs for their summer intake – intense, 90% hands-on training programs delivered under close, supervision from dedicated, passionate and experienced Chef Instructors. PICA also sponsors several seats in their various Wine Spirit and Education Trust (WSET) courses, taught by Dame DJ Kearney.

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Vancouver Pastry Training Centre Photo of Vancouver Pastry Training Centre

Vancouver Pastry Training Centre sponsors either an 8 Course Bread Making Program or an 8 Course Chocolate Program or a 10 Course Pastry Program. Each course reflects Chef Marco’s deep passion for his trade and a strong teaching ethic.

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Debra Van Ginkel Scholarship Photo of Debra Van Ginkel Scholarship

Periodically we present a scholarship in memory of honorary member and friend:Debra Van Ginkel QC. The scholarship goes to a deserving woman in the hospitality, beverage or culinary field.

Service Exellence Scholarship in Honour of Tina Fineza Photo of Service Exellence Scholarship in Honour of Tina Fineza

This scholarship, co-sponsored by Les Dames d’Escoffier BC and Two Rivers Specialty Meats, provides an opportunity to learn more about the humane treatment of animals and the sourcing of local, sustainable ingredients. This 4-day experience starting with a trip to Cache Creek and finishing in North Vancouver, includes a farm tour, slaughter demonstration, stage of a nose to tail butchery, and tastings.

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