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 four recipients with a $500 scholarship to be applied toward nontuition expenses, such as room, board, books and fees.
“The Taste of Buffalo’s scholarship program is an important part of our overall mission as a nonprofit to support the region’s restaurant and hospitality industries,” 2021 Taste of Buffalo Chairwoman Amber Hartman said. “While the annual event showcases what restaurants are doing now, we also know that we must help support the chefs and restaurateurs of tomorrow.”
New this year, the Taste of Buffalo will designate one of the scholarships specifically for a student residing in the City of Buffalo.
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 and to download an application, visit www.tasteofbuffalo.com. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 21. All applications will be reviewed by the Taste’s scholarship committee. Recipients will be notified no later than May 5.
The Taste of Buffalo is the nation's largest two-day food festival. The 38th annual event will take place July 10-11 in Niagara Square and Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. The Taste is a not-for-profit organization with more than 1,000 volunteers helping to put on the annual event. Approximately $541,000 has been raised at the festival for local charities, including money for three scholarships awarded last year to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary- or hospitality-related degree. For more information, visit tasteofbuffalo.com.