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The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship is dedicated to empowering Latino youth through culinary education, mentorship and industry experience in an effort to diversify kitchen leadership for future generations.

The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship was founded in 2016 and has awarded 15 scholarships thus far, valued at $975,000.

Each scholarship recipient receives:

  • 1 full scholarship to attend culinary arts school

  • Housing for the duration of the program

  • All of the supplies needed for school

  • Assistance with ground transportation and a grocery stipend

  • Flights to and from the city for the start and end of the school program

  • Mentorship from Chef Aarón Sánchez and his network of culinary professionals

Scholarship recipients receive a wide variety of experience* 

Previous opportunities have included:

  • Staging at Chef Alex Guarnaschelli's Butter

  • Working under Chef Alex Stupak at the esteemed Empellón in Midtown New York

  • Attending the taping of FOX's MasterChef season finale in Los Angeles

  • Working with Chef José Luis Chavez to help him open his first brick and mortar Mission Ceviche restaurant on the Upper East Side in New York

  • Assisting Chef Aarón Sánchez on stage at Austin Food + Wine Festival

  • Mentorship trip to New Orleans with Chef Aarón Sánchez


*These opportunities vary each year and are not guaranteed, as they depend on an individual recipient's behavior and educational progress.

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Emeril Lagasse Foundation (ELF)

The Aarón Sánchez Impact Fund is a program of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, who are also longtime supporters.  We want to thank them and if you'd like to learn more about them, please see below!

Jennifer Killian 

Director of Philanthropy

Jennifer is a passionate professional with over two decades of non-profit leadership, fundraising program development, and project management experience. Jennifer is responsible for identifying critical funding that supports Chef Aarón Sánchez's philanthropic initiatives, as well as managing his impact programs that uplift the lives of Latino youth through food.

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