In honor of the one-year anniversary of his death, Anthony Bourdain’s alma mater is offering a travel-based scholarship in his name. The Culinary Institute of America in New York will award the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship to one or more students per year to fund their study-abroad experience. Bourdain graduated in 1978 and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in Culinary Arts from the school two years ago.
The scholarship was the brainchild of fellow chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andres, who played a major role in its introduction. “We were both lucky enough to have traveled the world with Anthony,” they said in a statement, “and experienced firsthand the impact he had on our culture, both here and abroad. We hope that this scholarship will help his memory live on for students who want to experience the world as Anthony did — through cuisines and cultures everywhere.”
In an announcement about the scholarship, Tim Ryan, president of the Culinary Institute of America, said, “Anthony Bourdain opened the world of food and different cultures to all through his brilliant storytelling. He often came to campus to speak with students about food and world cultures, his career, and the importance of authenticity in being a chef. It is therefore fitting that his memory is being honored at the CIA through a scholarship for students interested in experiencing cuisines and cultures around the globe.”
The school is also planning to erect a permanent memorial to Bourdain on campus sometime later this year.
You can donate to the scholarship fund by visiting the Culinary Institute of America’s homepage.