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The Lee Initiative Partnering with Sullivan University For Culinary Scholarships


July 5, 2022


David Keene

Vice President - Community Partnerships

Sullivan University


LOUISVILLE – The LEE Initiative, through its Culinary Education Program, is partnering with Sullivan University to provide two scholarships for local students to study culinary arts at Sullivan's College of Hospitality Studies.

The full tuition scholarships are designed to address gaps in job training and preparedness for high school students and young people in Louisville and are part of The LEE Initiative's mission to create innovative and impactful solutions to bring more diversity, equity and sustainability to the restaurant industry.

"A valuable culinary education is the foundation for a productive career in the restaurant industry," said Chef Edward Lee, co-founder and creative director of The LEE Initiative. "For many kids, this opportunity is just out of reach and we at The LEE Initiative want to help those who are committed to a career in the culinary arts follow their dream.” 

The winners of the Sullivan University scholarships will be announced in September and will be in the name of Chef David McAtee, a beloved chef and community member who was killed by the National Guard in 2020. 

"Sullivan University is pleased to be partnering with Chef Edward Lee and everyone at The LEE Initiative on their culinary education scholarship program," said David Keene, vice-president for community partnerships at Sullivan University. "This program is just one more example of the many ways The LEE Initiative has endeavored to serve the under-represented in the local culinary industry. Sullivan University is happy and honored to be a part of those efforts."  

Applicants must be between 18 to 22 years old, reside in Jefferson County and enroll at Sullivan in the fall of 2022. More information and a link to the applications can be found at

The LEE Initiative is also announcing that its Culinary Education Program will bestow grants to Western, Moore, and Iroquois high schools for their culinary arts programs to buy food and supplies to supplement the existing curriculum. 

The $5,000 grants for local high schools will help faculty purchase ingredients and other much-needed supplies for their classrooms so that students can receive hands-on training and be prepared for restaurant jobs when entering the workforce. 

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