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Named Scholarships

Creating a named scholarship can offer an opportunity to reduce the financial burden on our students and boost your social responsibility impact. Here are additional ways that you can donate to the scholarship fund:

Expendable Scholarships

Donors may establish this scholarship with a gift of over $10,000 or more, and it can be paid over five years. It will be awarded to scholarship recipients within 12 months of receipt of funds. The scholarship will be named in the donor’s honor and will align with your eligibility criteria. For instance, this scholarship can be used as part of your employee education programs to retain or attract employees, or you can select students from a certain region or demographic (i.e. specify that it should only be used for first generation students or those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds).

Endowed Scholarships

A minimum contribution of $50,000 is required to establish an endowed scholarship. A percentage of the contribution’s earnings from the permanent fund is used to award the scholarship each year. Pledges may be paid over a five-year period. This scholarship will be named in the donor’s honor and will align with our existing eligibility criteria or your specified criteria. 

Gifts in Memory/Honor

You can choose to make donations in honor or memory of a special individual, friend, alumnus, or teacher. This donation will be specified in honor of the designee in our donor recognition area.

Chef Alisa Gaylon

August 30, 1972 - January 30, 2024

Chef Alisa Gaylon Memorial Scholarship

The Chef Alisa Gaylon Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the enduring legacy and contributions of Chef Alisa Gaylon, a beloved Escoffier Chef Instructor whose impact resonates in the hearts and minds of those who knew her.  This scholarship is a lasting tribute to Alisa’s passion, dedication, and commitment to the food world.  The scholarship aims to support and empower aspiring students who share Alisa’s values and to provide financial assistance to deserving candidates pursuing education in the culinary arts.

Alisa joined the Escoffier team as a Chef Instructor in 2020, capping a storied career as a culinary educator, executive chef, restaurant owner, former attorney, and founder of a nonprofit organization supporting rescues of her most loved pets, her fluffy Shiba Inu dogs. We lost Alisa in 2024 when she succumbed to cancer after a nearly decade-long fight. Despite her resilience and fortitude, Alisa lost this battle. Still, she never lost her bright eyes, beaming smile and deep love of teaching students the skills to succeed as professional culinarians.

Eligible applicants for the Chef Alisa Gaylon Memorial Scholarship are invited to showcase their passion for the culinary arts in a 1-2 page essay that demonstrates their academic potential but also embodies the qualities of resilience, strength and community service that made Alisa who she was. Scholarships are awarded based on committee decisions.

The Chef Alisa Gaylon Memorial Scholarship stands as a testament to the enduring influence of her legacy, jumpstarting the educational journeys of those who follow in her footsteps.

Eligibility Requirements:

The Chef Alisa Gaylon Memorial Scholarship has a limited number of individual student awards up to $500 that will vary in number based on each respective term date and available funds. Students must remain in good standing based on the conditions below. The scholarship funds will be disbursed at the time of financial aid awarding and can only be applied a maximum of one time per student. Students must:

● Be currently enrolled and have completed and passed at least 12 weeks of courses at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in any accredited program.
● Have completed a FAFSA application, and have an unmet need after applying all grants, federal financial aid, and institutional scholarships.
● Be current on their institutional payment plan.

Patrick Jonathan Martin

August 15, 2003 – October 23, 2022

Donation in Memoriam for Patrick Jonathan Martin

“Though you are longer with us, you will never be forgotten. We would like to thank all his families and friends who donated in his honor so that his legacy can live on!”

For more details or specifics about Named Scholarships, please schedule a call via Calendly or email scholarship@escoffier.edu.

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