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Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection Scholarships

Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection Scholarships

The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee awards scholarships in honor of Jean Allen Phillips, professor in human nutrition and foods at Virginia Tech from 1969 to 1986, and Janet Lowe Cameron, a pioneer with the Virginia Cooperative Extension service at Virginia Tech. The Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection is one of the unique special collections housed at the university library. Applicant research may include human nutrition, culinary history, food culture, household equipment, kitchen design, social history, ethnic traditions, gender studies, or related topics.

Criteria for selection:

  • Must be a graduate student in good standing with the university
  • Before applying, applicants must visit the Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection (located in the University Libraries Special Collections' Rare Book Room). You will be asked to describe your visit and how the collection fits in today's nutrition research. Contact Kira Dietz in University Libraries to schedule your visit.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a clearly expressed research project that makes use of the Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection. However, if applicants have not outlined their thesis or dissertation yet, they should have scholarly pursuits that encompass topics related to material in the collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition, or food culture. 
  • Applicants must have a record of leadership and service. 


  • $1,500 annual scholarship


Two awards are made per academic year:

  • The Janet L. Cameron application is available each April and will be awarded prior to the start of the fall semester. The application will open in the Spring semester.
  • The Jean A. Phillips application is available each November and will be awarded prior to the start of the spring semester. One letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your strengths and abilities is required as part of the application. The application will open in the Spring semester.