Charlie Trotter, chef/owner of Charlie Trotter's in Chicago, announced a $15,000 donation to the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) on behalf of the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation at the ACF Central Regional Conference on Feb. 23. These funds, in addition to the $25,000 donation from the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation last July, will be used to create eight $5,000 scholarships for culinary students.

ACFEF has changed its scholarships program, and it now reviews applications on a point scale. Grade point average, culinary competition participation, volunteer work, ACF involvement, essays and references are reviewed by the American Academy of Chefs Scholarship Review committee.

Trotter requests that students who receive scholarships contact him after they complete culinary school and are looking for externships or jobs. Deadline to apply for 2009 scholarships is May 1. More information on the scholarship is available at