Columbus, Miss. – Brandon native Megan Beard has been awarded the 2020 Culinary Arts Advisory Board Scholarship, an endowed fund presented by the Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association.

Beard’s love of culinary arts began in elementary school when she was introduced to a variety of pastries during a trip to Europe. She returned home with inspiration for her international tea shop and bakery. Her passion grew in high school and helped broaden her love of baking into a love for cooking.

“I know ultimately, I would like to teach and share my love of food and cooking with others,” she said.

A sophomore working toward a dual focus of food art and entrepreneurship, Beard plans to apply for the Accelerated Master’s of Business Administration program at The W. Her ultimate goal is to use her focus in entrepreneurship and MBA to not only teach but own her own culinary business.

“The MUW Alumni Association takes great pride in being able to provide scholarship opportunities to students at The W,” stated MUWAA President Rebecca Rogers. “As students, The W provided us with invaluable knowledge and life-skills, and now as alumni we love nothing more than paying it forward to benefit outstanding students like Megan.”

The Annual Culinary Arts Advisory Board Scholarship was endowed in 2012 and is open to freshman and sophomore applicants who are enrolled full-time and majoring in Culinary Arts at The W. In addition to meeting specific qualifying criteria, applicants must submit a 250-word essay that addresses overall career goals.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Culinary Arts Advisory Board Scholarship, contact the MUW Foundation at 662-329-1748 or visit

The MUWAA supports and promotes the mission of The W and provides alumni engagement opportunities. Any former student who has completed at least 12 semester hours at the university and has made an annual contribution to the MUW Foundation is an active member eligible to vote and hold office for the year. For more information, visit the Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association website at

Oct. 1, 2020