‘Women In Aquaculture’ scholarship fund announced

Members of the Kvaroy Arctic team. Photo: Kvaroy Arctic

Kvarøy Arctic, producers of sustainably raised salmon from Norway’s Arctic Circle, and the James Beard Foundation — a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honour chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone, have just to announced the first scholarship for women in aquaculture. Applications for the ‘Women in Aquaculture’ scholarship are available to those studying the subject at a college or university in any country, and can be submitted via the James Beard Foundation website starting today (May 1st).

The annual $10,000 scholarship also includes a paid one-month summer internship on the Kvarøy Arctic farm site in Norway. The recipient can continue their internship each year they are in school, and will be considered for employment upon graduation.

Kvaroy Arctic CEO Alf-Goran Knutsen said that he hoped the new fund would help improve the chances for women in the sector:

‘We finalized arrangements for the scholarship during our inaugural dinner at the James Beard House in February. Five of our 23 employees in Norway are women, as are seven of the eight members of our U.S. team. Historically, like the culinary industry, women aren’t well represented in aquaculture. We are hoping to change that by supporting education in the field and with the opportunity to work at our farm’.

James Beard Foundation Impact Programmes Manager Emily Rothkrug added:

‘This is only one of two international scholarships available from the James Beard Foundation. We are proud to support the leadership shown by Kvarøy Arctic to develop the first-of-its-kind scholarship for women in aquaculture.’

How to Apply:
Application forms are available digitally now at jamesbeard.org/scholarships.