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The Montclair Food & Wine Festival Culinary Scholarship is proud to be partnered with The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence

The Montclair Food & Wine Festival Culinary Scholarship is proud to be partnered with The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence

Scholarship Guidelines

To be considered eligible for a Montclair Food & Wine Festival Culinary Scholarship you must be:

1.     a current senior student of Montclair High School;

2.      have a current academic year cumulative average of 3.2 or above;

3.      provide two letters of character recommendation from a non-family member; preferably one from an employer in the food service industry;

4.      must exhibit financial need*;

5.      be accepted to, or the application process** at an accredited Culinary Arts School or Institute in the United States or abroad;

6.      must provide one essay of at least 500 words describing why you want to enter the hospitality and food service industry.  Within this essay, please address your inspirations, your ideals, your food philosophy, and where you see yourself in five (5) years.

7.      Applicant will be required to undergo an in-person interview with the Montclair Food & Wine Festival Scholarship Committee.

*Financial need will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

**If in the application process, please submit a copy of the application, or proof that the institution has received your application.

U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.

Only completed applications will be considered.

Montclair Food & Wine Festival, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, color, national origin, marital status or disability.

NOTE: Grants will be paid directly to the accredited culinary school you are attending to be applied against your tuition. The culinary school can be located in any country and US citizenship is not a requirement.

To apply, contact Nedra Clark at the

Montclair High School Guidance Department.

phone: 973-509-4100 ext. 4109;


The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence

The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) was founded in 1991 to generate private funding and community support for Montclair Public Schools and to enhance the educational experience of all of Montclair’s public school students. It operates on a model common to all Local Education Funds (LEFs) in which collaboration—between educators, families and individuals, community groups and local businesses—forms the foundation for all programs and progress.

Since its inception, MFEE has grown from a tiny organization distributing a handful of grants, to a vital resource for improving public education in Montclair. Its primary activites are described below, and in greater detail elsewhere on this website.

Grant Programs

MFEE was founded with the belief that the best ideas for how to improve our schools often come from those inside them: teachers, principals, guidance counselors, librarians, and other participants in each school’s daily life. MFEE grant programs help these ideas come to life, expanding educational opportunities for our students.


MFEE works in partnership with a wide range of individuals and organizations in Montclair to develop initiatives that benefit the entire Montclair Public School district. MFEE initiatives tackle district-wide needs such as after-school tutoring, arts education and under-resourced school libraries.