Women Chefs & Restaurateurs announced Friday its slate of learning opportunities for students and professionals in its 2010 Scholarship and Internship Program.

“Our scholarships and internships allow WCR to fulfill its mission by offering women in the culinary industry invaluable educational opportunities,” says Jamie Leeds, president of WCR and chef/owner of Hank’s Oyster Bar and CommonWealth Gastropub in greater Washington, D.C.

Last year, WCR awarded 38 scholarships and internships in six nations. Recipients gained professional skills and inspiration from industry leaders who donated their time and resources to advance the professional development of women in foodservice.

“WCR thanks our members and sponsors across the globe who so generously and graciously open their kitchens, farms, schools, and other businesses in support of this program,” Leeds says.

New opportunities in WCR’s 2010 program include:

•Internship at a five-star bed & breakfast in a 250-year-old coach house in Fife, the countryside near St. Andrews, Scotland.

•Learning to run a family farm and sustainable business in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

•Internship at a 26-room inn with a 100-seat restaurant in southern Maine.

Returning opportunities include scholarships at leading professional culinary-arts programs nationwide and cooking, baking, cheese- and winemaking, and management and marketing internships in the United States, China, France, Ireland, and Italy.

Applicants must be active members of WCR in any category. The online application deadline is 5:00 p.m. CDT on April 9, 2010; mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 9, 2010. Details of this year’s WCR Scholarship and Internship Program are described fully at www.womenchefs.org.