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Taste of Buffalo announces 2019 scholarships available for foodservice & hospitality students


Tue, Feb 19th 2019 02:15 pm

The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program to support Western New York-area high school seniors aspiring to careers in the foodservice and hospitality industries. This year’s program will award five recipients with a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward their college educations.

“As food festival that is a nonprofit organization, we feel it is important to help support the next generation of chefs and hospitality executives,” 2019 Taste of Buffalo Chairman Matthew Testa said. “Since we started this scholarship program in 1997, the Taste of Buffalo and its partners have awarded more than $87,000 to help students in these fields.”

To be eligible for any of the above scholarships, students must be residents of Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, Genesee, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus or Allegany counties and have enrolled in a two- or four-year college in a foodservice or hospitality degree program. For additional scholarship criteria or to download an application, visit www.tasteofbuffalo.com.

The application deadline is Friday, April 12. Selected recipients will be notified no later than May 1.

About the Taste

The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is the nation’s largest two-day food festival, attracting more than 450,000 visitors each year. The 36th annual event will take place July 13-14 along Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. The Taste of Buffalo is a not-for-profit organization with more than 1,000 volunteers helping to put on the annual event. Approximately $500,000 has been raised at the festival for local charities in addition to five $1,000 scholarships awarded annually to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality-related degree.

For more information, visit tasteofbuffalo.com.

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