This January the Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas (ECF) will launch its search for the scholarship recipients of its 2012 class. Up to 10 high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in the culinary or hospitality industry will be selected this spring.
ECF currently has more than 20 scholarship recipients in the program attending the schools of their dreams, from the Culinary Institute of America in New York to the world renowned William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. More than a million dollars in scholarship funds have been awarded to deserving students since its inception.
To be eligible, students must be high school seniors at a Clark County school with plans to attend an accredited post-secondary institution as a full-time student during the academic year following their graduation. Applicants must also pursue a bachelor’s degree and major in hotel management, food and beverage, culinary or other related programs. Additional scholarship qualifications include a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and demonstrate need for financial support. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Mar. 2.
ECF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment, involvement and education of individuals committed to pursuing a career in the hospitality and culinary industries. The ECF scholarship program provides students the opportunity to attend a four‐year university with premier hospitality and culinary programs anywhere in the nation. ECF provides financial aid, presents varied professional work experience and ethical guidance throughout a student’s educational experience.
In addition to financial support, more than 40 top food and beverage professionals serve as ECF mentors providing monthly one-on-one guidance for professional leadership, advising and academic counseling. The foundation’s mentorship program contributes a strong support system to ensure success for the hospitality and culinary industries’ future leaders.
“The scholarships are just part of what we offer to the ECF scholarship recipients,” says Elizabeth Muto, Executive Director of ECF. “Our students are also assigned mentors who serve on our Board of Directors, which consists of the city’s top food and beverage executives. We guide our students through their educational pursuit, identify internship opportunities, and when they graduate, guide them through their profession journey. ECF isn’t just a scholarship; it is a foundation that ensures our students’ success throughout their educational and post-graduation professional endeavors.”
Applications must be postmarked by Mar. 2, 2012 and mailed to the ECF office located at 6765 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 1, Las Vegas NV 89123. Potential candidates may call 702.932.5098 for more information.