Scholarship & Internship Program FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions About Women Chefs & Restaurateurs’ Scholarship & Internship Program
Women Chefs & Restaurateurs’ Scholarship & Internship program is the most anticipated educational program in the food world. Education is one of the tenets of WCR’s mission, and we encourage our members to be life-long learners. Each year WCR awards unique learning opportunities to members seeking culinary and continuing education.
As launch date approaches, e-mails stream in to WCR headquarters from all over the world, asking questions about the program. We hope you will find the answers you need here. If you don’t find your answer here, contactScholarship@womenchefs.org.
This year’s program will launch in the spring, when we will begin accepting applications. This year we are starting the season later than we usually do. We apologize for the delay. We are still waiting for responses from some of our scholarship/internship hosts.When the program is ready for launch, the information will be prominently displayed on our website at www.womenchefs.org
. Current members will receive an e-mail announcement. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
All applications for the 2013 Scholarship and Internship program will be accepted six weeks after the date of the program’s launch. The date will be announced. No exceptions or extensions to this deadline will be given. Most of our applications arrive during the first two weeks of the application period. Don’t miss out on your opportunity by turning in a late application.
>It varies. WCR has several levels of membership. You should select the level of membership that offers the benefits that suit you best. Student membership is available for $45 (with a two year maximum). Beginning Professional membership is available for $55 (with a one year maximum.) Chef/Restaurant/Culinary Professional membership, our basic individual membership level, is $95. There are other options available. Visit our Membership Page
to learn more about the different levels and their benefits.
No. Some locations may specify the level of experience necessary, but in general, we encourage all ages, genders, nationalities, diversities, and levels of experience to apply. The program has an opportunity for everyone.
No, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply, but any necessary passports or visas required to fulfill the scholarship/internship are the responsibility of the winner.
To apply for a scholarship or internship, you must fill out an application, provide the required letters of recommendation, send your resume, and submit an essay. Some hosts may require you to submit more information than this, so please be sure to read the requirements carefully.
You only need to complete one application form, even if you are applying for multiple scholarships/internships. And your letters of recommendation and resume may be used for multiple scholarships/internships. However, you should write a different essay for each scholarship for which you are applying. Essays should be customized, personalized, and unique for each scholarship or internship. Submitting the same essay for more than one scholarship/internship is strongly discouraged.
No. NO PHOTOS ARE ALLOWED. If a photo is included the entire application packet will be disqualified. Please do not jeopardize your application by submitting a photo.
The application and processing fee is $25 for the first scholarship/internship, and $40 for multiple applications, with a maximum of three. It makes sense that if you are applying for two, then you may as well try for three–it’s the same price!
Yes. You may apply for a total of three scholarships.
The start dates vary and are determined by the scholarship and internship hosts.
You should keep trying! Often times, it is another year of experience or a more focused essay that makes the difference. Each year the field of applicants changes. And each year new opportunities are offered. Don’t give up!
ArrayWe have scholarships for some schools, but not all. The culinary school awards are site-specific and are offered by schools that are members of WCR. They are not a cash grant that is portable to the culinary school of your choice. While many of our hosts offer a scholarship/internship each year, the decision is theirs to make. It is up to the school, restaurant, or host facility to determine whether or not they will continue to offer a scholarship.
Essays should be well-considered, focused, and personal. The essay should be written specifically for the scholarship or internship for which you are applying. If you are applying for more than one scholarship/internship, you should submit a customized essay for each one. Submitting the same essay for more than one scholarship/internship is strongly discouraged.Consider the essay a tool to make your case and to sell the judges on why you should be the winner. Judges read them carefully. Include your professional and personal experiences and accomplishments and state how they relate to the specific scholarship/internship. Tell your story. Be creative.
Some recipients are selected by the hosts who are offering the opportunity. Some awards are determined by a WCR Board-approved panel of judges who review the applications. All of the documents provided by the applicants are very carefully read and considered. It can be a very difficult decision!
Yes. Following notification, WCR will post the list of recipients to the website and also do a media release announcing the recipients. By completing the application, all applicants agree to the website and media listings.Also, all award recipients must submit to WCR a digital photo (action photo) from the scholarship/internship and a one-page essay on their experience no later than 30 days after their scholarship/internship is completed. The submissions become the property of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and will be used on the website, in the newsletter, and as otherwise determined by WCR. Extracts may be used to advertise future scholarship programs. Any potential reimbursement of scholarship awards may be held until all conditions of the scholarship are met.
Winners of the 2013 Scholarship and Internship program will be announced six weeks after the deadline date.
No. Only one award per member will be offered in any one year.
Applicants who applied but did not win will be notified by e-mail.
Not necessarily. Reimbursements are only available for specific scholarships and internships. Each host determines what, if any, expenses will be reimbursed and this information will be clearly stated in the listing in the Scholarship & Internship brochure. The expenses that are reimburseable usually include travel, room, and/or board. Travel and room upgrades, souvenirs, incidentals, and other personal expenses not stated in the listing will not be reimbursed. All obligations and expectations to WCR and to the host of the scholarship/internship must be met. All requests for reimbursements are subject to review by the WCR Board of Directors for approval.
When you are selected as a winner of WCR’s Scholarship & Internship program, you become an ad hoc representative of WCR. We hope that you would treat your time with the host as if it were a job. Dress appropriately. Arrive on time, and leave at the designated end of the commitment. Do not assume that you can bring a guest. Communicate and behave in a professional and respectful manner. Approach this opportunity with an attitude of learning.When our hosts have rewarding experiences with WCR’s award winners, they are thrilled and eager to offer the opportunity again the following year. Your conduct, deportment, and attitude can have a great influence on the success of next year’s program. We’re counting on you.
Reimbursements are only available for specific scholarships and internships. Each host determines what, if any, expenses will be reimbursed and this information will be clearly stated in the listing in the Scholarship & Internship brochure. The expenses that are reimburseable usually include travel, room, and/or board. Travel and room upgrades, souvenirs, incidentals, and other personal expenses not stated in the listing will not be reimbursed. All requests for reimbursements will be reviewed and must be approved by the WCR Board of Directors.In general, to qualify for reimbursement, you must fulfill all of the obligations to WCR and to the host that are required for your scholarship or internship and you must complete it in good standing. Original or scanned copies of receipts should be submitted to WCR headquarters within 30 days of the completion of the scholarship/internship. You must submit any necessary back-up information when requested. This information is submitted to the WCR Board of Directors for approval.
Thank you! We are always seeking new programming to offer our members. We welcome internships from all fields of work, including butchery, charcuterie, farming, pastry, writing, publishing, manufacturing, sales, mixology, foraging, cheesemaking, nutrition–whatever! It doesn’t have to be a restaurant or a culinary school. The diversity of the offerings contributes to the strength of the program–and to the strength of WCR in general!Send your inquiry about hosting a scholarship or internship to email@example.com
. A Scholarship & Internship Host Application Form will be e-mailed for you to complete. Details will be arranged in coordination with the Scholarship Chair.