Delgado and University of Holy Cross Announce $150,000 Grant from Delta Regional Authority

December 02, 2020

Delgado Community College and the University of Holy Cross (UHC) announce a $150,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority that will fund 10 scholarships for Culinary Arts students who begin their education at Delgado and transfer to UHC Food Science to complete their Bachelor of Science degree.

The grant will provide scholarships beginning in the Spring 2021 semester for eligible students. The scholarships will fund a total of four semesters including their last semester at Delgado and three semesters at UHC. The last semester at UHC will involve a paid internship at a variety of the area’s food and beverage manufacturing plants including Blue Runner, Zatarains, BlendMark, BEC Copacking, Happy Raptor, El Guapo Bitters, and Camellia Beans Brand.

Students in their second year of Delgado’s Associate Degree program interested in obtaining scholarships through this unique Food Science/Culinary Arts college partnership can register online on Delgado’s website at Any students who have received their Culinary Arts degree at Delgado since 2016 are also eligible to apply.

“This grant will provide 50% tuition relief to students wishing to turn their Associate Degree into a Bachelor of Science Degree and ultimately double their future earnings potential,” said Dr. Darryl Holliday, Director of UHC’s Food Science Department.

Now in its fifth year, UHC’s Food Science program offers Bachelor of Science Degrees in Food Science, Beverage Science, Food Business and Culinology as well as Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Food Business Management degree. Food Science degrees are up nationwide as overall employment of food scientist is projected to grow 6 percent over the next decade, faster than the average of all other occupations.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the availability of culinary associated jobs, the food manufacturing industry and associated food science jobs remain at an all-time high demand. Currently there are over 100 open job positions for food scientists in Louisiana and over 139 in neighboring Mississippi.

About the University of Holy Cross

A fully accredited Catholic university in New Orleans, the University of Holy Cross (formerly Our Lady of Holy Cross College) offers more than 65 majors and programs to more than 1,300 students. With 154 faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, students enjoy a personalized academic experience on an active campus where they are encouraged to explore spiritual values and pursue service opportunities. Some of the university’s most distinctive programs are in Business, Education, Counseling and Healthcare. The university was founded in 1916 as a mission of the Marianites of Holy Cross, whose distinguished history of educating minds and hearts dates to 1848. For more information, visit

About Delgado Community College

Delgado Community College will celebrate 100 years of service to the New Orleans region in 2021. The oldest and largest community college in Louisiana, Delgado provides instruction online and at seven locations. Delgado offers students the most comprehensive array of education and training services available in the New Orleans region. Additionally, Delgado has articulation agreements with most of the state’s four-year colleges and universities that allow students to transfer their Delgado credits to bachelor’s degree programs. As well as offering degrees and transferable college credits, Delgado provides diplomas and certificates in many professional and technical areas. Workforce development is a priority at Delgado, hence the college’s well-known motto: “Education that works!”