In memory of Daphne Zepos


Please help us reach our goal of $250,000. By donating here your contributions will make up a key part of the endowment we are raising to create an everlasting cheese education scholarship.

About the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award

The Daphne Zepos Teaching Award is an annual scholarship awarded to an USA-based cheese professional who uses the funds to travel, learn and further their education on cheese.

This award will grow a squad of cheese professionals who teach about the history, culture and techniques in making, aging and selling cheese. Each year someone new will go forth to learn about cheese. The scholarship will fund travel and living expenses. The winner will return to share their learnings with the cheese community — at the annual American Cheese Society Conference and beyond.

The scholarship is funded by the Daphne Zepos Endowment, which is held in the American Cheese Education Foundation. That's what you are donating to here. Our goal is to raise $250,000 both through this site and by direct investment.

By donating to this endowment we ensure that 100% of your money goes to the endowment (minus credit card and site fees). The endowment is managed by a president and board of directors from the cheese industry who work for no pay. The endowment's funds are safely invested and their annual returns fund the scholarship. With careful management, the scholarship will be offered in perpetuity.

Meet the Campaign Team

Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman's - Member of Board of Directors

Brad Brown, Artist in Residence

Cathy Gaffney, Wegmans - Member of Board of Directors

Cathy Strange, Whole Foods Market - Member of Board of Directors

Charlotte Kamin, Bedford Cheese Shop - Member of Board of Directors

Debra Dickerson, Cowgirl Creamery - Member of Board of Directors

Emilio Mignucci, DiBruno Bros. - Member of Board of Directors

Greg O'Neill, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine - Member of Board of Directors

Jason Hinds, Neal's Yard Dairy - Member of Board of Director

Peg Smith, Tomales Bay Foods - Member of Board of Directors

Sam Mogannam, Bi-Rite Market - Member of Board of Directors

Rachel Juhl, Essex St. Cheese Co. - Capital Campaign Adminstrator

Mo Frechette, Zingerman's - President



How to Make Your Donation

We have made suggested donation levels, but you can donate whatever you'd like.  Enter the amount, then click on the green "Give Now" button below to make your donation.

Student of Life: $25

Scholar: $50

Fellow: $100

Associate: $500

Bachelor: $1,000

Honor's Bachelor: $2,000

Master: $5,000

Doctorate: $10,000

Professor: $25,000

If you would rather make donation via check, please send a check (to the address below) made out to "American Cheese Education Foundation" with "DAPHNE" written in the Memo Field.

Daphne Zepos Teaching Award
American Cheese Education Foundation
American Cheese Society
2696 S. Colorado Blvd. Ste 570
Denver, CO 80222

Other Links of Interest

American Cheese Society

American Cheese Education Foundation

Caring Bridge: Daphne Zepos

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