Food Studies Minor

The Marcie Rothman Centennial Scholars Undergraduate Scholarship
The Food Studies Minor is pleased to announce the establishment of the Marcie Rothman Centennial Scholars Undergraduate Scholarship available for students pursuing the minor in Food Studies.

The Marcie Rothman Centennial Scholars Undergraduate Scholarship was established to support students in the Food Studies minor with their academic interests and endeavors at UCLA. This scholarship is awarded annually to Food Studies minors and aims to support the expansion of food in the world as an area of interdisciplinary study, including research and practice as it relates to culture, public health, nutrition, sustainability, the environment, food activism, and justice.

Scholarship Criteria
In order to be considered for the Marcie Rothman Centennial Scholars Undergraduate Scholarship, a recipient must be a Food Studies minor student who demonstrates passion and academic achievement in the field of food studies and/or financial need. Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must:
  1. Be in good academic standing;
  2. Be admitted to the UCLA Food Studies minor and;
  3. Have completed at least one course for the minor or be enrolled in a course for the minor at the time of application.

Note to non-Food Studies Minors: Students who are not yet admitted to the minor may submit their application to the minor at the same time as their application for the scholarship—but their scholarship application will only be reviewed AFTER admission to the minor is confirmed.

Application Instructions
In order to be considered, students must submit the following application materials – all materials must be submitted in PDF format:
  1. Application Form
  2. Scholarship Statement – In 500 words or less, please submit an essay answering the questions in the following prompt:
    • What is your personal vision for how you might implement the knowledge and tools learned in the Food Studies Minor in your academic and professional careers? In addition, how will your vision and work assist in the development of the food studies field and/or in cultivating a healthier, more sustainable and/or equitable world, as it relates to food?
  3. Résumé

Application Deadline (2017-2018): Monday, November 13, 2017

About Marcie Rothman
Marcie H. Rothman grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by good cooks, fresh seasonal produce, and hundreds of restaurants full of the ethnic cuisines that have inspired her throughout her career. She studied cooking with such notables as Wolfgang Puck and Ken Hom, and was a longtime member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the San Francisco Professional Food Society and Toastmasters International. She continues to support the International Slow Food Movement. During her career, Rothman took great interest in the notion of creating healthy and delicious meals that are also affordable and accessible to all. This led to the development of the “The $5 Chef,” a weekly television show where Rothman impressed viewers with her uncanny ability to put seasonal foods together into quick, delicious $5 meals. She is the author of two cookbooks as "The $5 Chef."

Rothman received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA and later completed the Executive Program at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. She has extensive experience on the boards of non-profit organizations and is extremely excited to help foster the academic advancement of the field by supporting Food Studies minors in their studies. With this generous gift to UCLA’s Food Studies program, students are able to share Rothman’s passion for food, and dedicate themselves to understanding and improving its production, preparation, sharing, access, consumption, and disposal.