Each year we are honored to pair with the prestigious James Beard Foundation to offer one culinary or hospitality student the opportunity to further his/her education with The Azurea Culinary Scholarship. The winner of this award will be granted $4,000 in scholarship funding along with the opportunity to cook alongside Florida’s First Coast’s top culinary masters at this year’s Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner, taking place on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at Azurea restaurant. The winner will be chosen based on grade point average, extracurricular activities, financial need, letters of recommendation and a strong passion for culinary arts.
The James Beard Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1996 in honor of the culinary genius James Beard. The foundation continues to be the leader in the education in culinary arts, with its goal of celebrating and preserving the legacy of American cooking through industry awards, scholarships, publications and training.
Last year, The Azurea Culinary Scholarship was awarded to Florida College at Jacksonville student Natanja De Beer. Showing exceptional skill and passion for cooking, Natanja’s dedication to her craft was what made her stand out as the winner of this honorable award. With a major in culinary arts, Natanja balanced being a full time student with her job as a line cook in restaurants that ranged from 40-50 hours per week. As the recipient of The Azurea Culinary Scholarship, she was awarded $3,750 in scholarship funds and also cooked alongside top chefs at The Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner.
The application process for The Azurea Culinary Scholarship is open from now until May 15, 2013. For information on how to apply, visit http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/jamesbeard/