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Taste of Buffalo accepting scholarship applications

SPRINGVILLE — The Taste of Buffalo, presented by Tops Friendly Markets, is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program.

This program supports local area high school seniors in pursuit of higher education in the food service and hospitality industries and awards up to five scholarship winners with $1,000 each, to be applied toward their college educations.

This year, New Era joins the Taste of Buffalo in this partnership, and one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded on behalf of New Era, in conjunction with its corporate giving program.

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be residents of Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, Genesee, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus or Allegany counties. They must also be enrolled, or intend to enroll, in a food service or hospitality curriculum at an accredited two- or four-year school, for the fall 2014 semester.

Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of academic achievement, experience, recommendations, community involvement, goal objectives and overall interest in the industry.

Since the scholarship program began in 1997, more than $61,000 has been awarded to help Western New York food service and hospitality students.

For additional information or to download an application, visit The completed application, a current transcript and report card and letters of recommendation must be received by Friday, March 28.

The 31st annual Taste of Buffalo is July 12 and 13, along Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square.

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