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Money is an important ingredient in the recipe for higher education. For students interested in a culinary career, the James Beard Foundation can help supply that ingredient.

The foundation, named for the late food writer and chef, offers an extensive menu of awards in culinary arts and wine studies. Available scholarships and the criteria for awarding them vary from one year to another, depending on the foundation's donors. Students receive scholarships either as cash awards or as tuition waivers. In 2009, the foundation awarded 34 cash scholarships worth a total of more than $112,000 and 24 tuition waivers valued at more than $96,000 total.

Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who are planning to pursue an associate or bachelor's degree at a licensed or accredited culinary school. In some cases, relevant work experience may substitute for a high school diploma or equivalency. Among the criteria used to evaluate applicants are academic achievement, community activities, and financial need. Application for some awards requires an essay.

There is no fee to apply, and a single application puts candidates in the running for all Beard scholarships for which they qualify. Previous scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply each year.

Scholarship information and application materials will be available in early April 2011, and the application package must be postmarked by May 16. For more information, write to the foundation at 6 West 18th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10011; call (212) 627-1128; email dhbrown@jamesbeard.org; or visit its Web site, www.jamesbeard.org. You can also visit Scholarship America, the organization that administers the scholarships, online at sms.scholarshipamerica.org/ jamesbeard.

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Publication:Occupational Outlook Quarterly
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Date:Dec 22, 2010
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