The St. Louis Chapter has conducted fundraising projects and awarded scholarships since our inception in 2008. Collectively, LDEI chapters in the U.S. and Canada have awarded more than $4 million in culinary scholarships to deserving students. Many of our scholarship recipients have gone on to illustrious careers in the food, wine, hospitality and agriculture industries.
Whitney Linsenmeyer, Registered Dietitian and Faculty Member at Saint Louis University:
“The LDEI-STL scholarship allowed me to meet a group of talented, professional women holding a variety of culinary-related jobs. I was able to use the scholarship towards my master’s in nutrition and culinary entrepreneurship, and am now in the last year of my PhD.”
Mary Bolling, Nutrition Program Associate-University of Missouri Extension-St. Louis: Earth Dance Farms-Organic Farming Apprenticeship program
“I recently moved from 63105 (Clayton, MO) to 63104 (St. Louis, MO) and I learned that the life expectancy in my old zip code was 81 and in my new zip code was 65. A huge contributing factor to the health problems in the City of St. Louis is poor nutrition and lack of access to fruits and vegetables. I am in a position to help change that. With my limited gardening knowledge last year we were able to grow hundreds of pounds of produce in just a couple of small gardens. I can only imagine what could be achieved if I knew exactly what I was doing and I had the skills and knowledge to teach others how to garden at their homes”.
Sara Moulton, host, Food Network’s “Cooking Live”:
LDEI provides critical career boosts and opportunities for young people who may not otherwise pursue a career that is inherently demanding.”
LDEI St. Louis Chapter Scholarship Requirements
Scholarships are awarded by LDEI chapters, including our St. Louis Chapter. Scholarships are awarded based on academic accomplishments, career goals, culinary experience, professional and personal references and financial need.
- You must be female and be a permanent resident in the St. Louis region (150 mile radius), but may reside elsewhere during school terms.
- You must carry a G.P.A of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
- You must be accepted or enrolled in a certificate or degree program and studying a culinary field, dietetics with a culinary component, hospitality, restaurant management or agriculture.
In addition to completing the application form, applicants are required to submit a 750-word essay focusing on short-term and long-term goals, a financial aid form completed by their programs’ financial aid office, two letters of career recommendation, two letters of personal recommendation, and the most recent academic transcript.
All scholarship money will go directly to the school or institution in which the recipient is enrolled and must be used for tuition only. No part of the scholarship monies may be applied to living expenses. All applications will be reviewed and measured by our standardized and weighted criteria.
For questions or additional information, please contact LDEI-STL Scholarship at firstname.lastname@example.org.