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 any where between $250 and $10,000 depending on funds available, program requirements and approved applicants. Each application is reviewed and evaluated by the Scholarship Committee composed of Les Dames members.  In order to make the scholarships impactful and meaningful, the Scholarship Committee is restricted to only granting up to thirty scholarships in any given calendar year.

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 Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, Barry Callebaut’s Chocolate Academy, Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, and Two Rivers Specialty Meats.

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.
– As the number of scholarships awarded is limited to a maximum of thirty each year, returning applications that were not awarded a scholarship previously are encouraged to re-apply.
– Funding must be used in the calendar year the scholarship is awarded in.
– A $30 non refundable processing fee is required to administer your application whether you are awarded a scholarship or not.

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

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, an awarding winning, chef-owned and chef operated culinary academy, offers two scholarships valued at $2000 each, towards their full-time Professional Diploma Program in the Culinary Arts or in the Baking and Pastry Arts. The programs are offered in an intensive environment with 90% hands on training under the attentive supervision of passionate and experienced Chef-Instructors. The scholarships are applicable for the school’s spring and summer intakes. PICA also sponsors several seats in their various Wine Spirit and Education Trust (WSET) courses, taught by Dame DJ Kearney.

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The Wine Umbrella Photo of The Wine Umbrella

The Wine Umbrella commits $2,000 per year of the sales proceeds of The Wine Umbrella Wines, earmarked for members of BC’s media (be they print, broadcast or web-based) to pursue education in the field of wine. These scholarships aim to enhance the quality of reporting done about our ever-evolving local wine industry. The annual $2,000 donation is to be split into two $1,000 scholarships per year and given to BC media.

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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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