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Culinary Arts Scholarships

The major of culinary arts is about more than just knowing how to make a presentable souffle. The 21st-century chef has to be a leader and excellent communicator in addition to being knowledgeable about food on a global scale. Culinary arts scholarships are as varied as the ethnic food offerings in a major city. Continue reading to find out more.

The courses you'll face in a culinary arts degree program may include nutrition, food science, restaurant management, food service sanitation and human resources management. You'll also enroll in cooking courses such as professional cooking, advanced cooking and baking. The amount or number of liberal arts electives required will depend on the institution. Some schools feature general education courses as part of the program while others consider them optional. 

The majority of programs are hands-on although the amount of hands-on instruction will again depend largely on where you study. You'll want to explore carefully the programs you are considering. Ask the school about their electives policy and what sort of internships they offer. You may also want to find out about the faculty and what sort of professional cooking experience they have. Finally, make sure that the program you want to attend is accredited by a culinary education body, such as the American Culinary Federation. 

Career prospects for the major of culinary arts are something of a mixed bag. The restaurant experience has become as American as outsourcing. To this degree, restaurants have proven to be, at least partially, immune to economic slowdowns. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job opportunities for chefs should be about average over the coming decade (10-12%). Large cities will offer job candidates more opportunities than smaller rural areas. Also, be aware that many chef positions are part-time. Competition will be most robust in high-end restaurants which generally feature better pay and less turnover.

Continue exploring the links below to find out more about the tasty world of culinary arts scholarships.

Ray & Gertrude Marshall Scholarship Fund

Applicant must be a current member in good standing of the American Culinary Federation. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited, post-secondary school of culinary arts, or other post-secondary culinary training program acceptable to the ACF. Applicant must have completed one grading period in the program prior to the date of the scholarship application.

Women's Business Alliance Scholarship Program

The Women's Business Alliance of Choice Hotels in conjunction with the Choice Hotels International Foundation will award college scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to deserving females with an interest in or link to the hospitality industry. Both undergraduate and post-graduate students are eligible to apply for this award. Awards must be competed for annually. Current and past recipients of the award are eligible to re-apply for the award. Selection Criteria Requirements for Applicant Consideration Must be a female. Must be a legal resident of one of the 50 United States (or the District of Columbia). Must attend an accredited institution in the United States. Must be able to demonstrate an interest in the hospitality industry. Must submit a complete, signed application, with all supporting documentation. Exclusions for Applicant Consideration Must not receive 100% tuition reimbursement from an alternate source. Must not be an employee of Choice Hotels International, Inc. or its subsidiaries ("Choice Hotels"), or an immediate family member (spouse, parent, sibling, or child) or a household member of such employee.

Kendall College Scholarship

Description:Established to offer financial assistance to students from designated states who are interested in pursuing a degree in the culinary arts. Eligibility:One $5,000 tuition-credit scholarship for a pre-enrolled student, currently enrolled student or career professional toward the Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts.

Johanna Drew Cluney Fund

Description:This scholarship is part of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation's Vocational Education Scholarship Program. Vocational Education describes certification or degree programs designed to teach students skills for a specific segment of employment. Programs include culinary arts, auto repair, diesel mechanics, cosmetology, computer graphics and assistive medical technology. Requirements:For students enrolled in vocational education programs in the UH Community College system.

NRAEF ProStart® National Certificate of Achievement Scholarship

STEP #1: Make sure you are qualified for this scholarship. Please read through the qualifications below. If you don’t meet ALL of these qualifications you are not eligible to apply. To be eligible to apply, you must: · Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America · Be a graduating high school senior · Have earned a ProStart National Certificate of Achievement. Plan to attend full-time or substantial part-time (minimum of 9 credit hours) in a foodservice related program at an accredited culinary school, college, or university STEP #2: Complete the required case study for the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement Scholarship. This case study is required as part of the scholarship application packet and must be submitted with your printed and signed application and other required documents as outlined in these instructions. Please put your name on the top of each page of the case study. The case study must be between 250 - 500 words, typed and double spaced. Case Study: You are applying for a job in your favorite area of foodservice or the restaurant industry. Write a cover letter to apply for this job. Your cover letter should be written in business letter format. Use your current qualifications, background, and experience. Your cover letter should include the following information. 1. The position you are applying for and what kind of company/restaurant (if it is fine dining, etc). 2. Briefly explain why you are interested in the position. 3. Describe your current qualifications, background, and experience. Provide examples of your skills and training. 4. Discuss what qualities you can bring to the company/restaurant and how your skills will fit the requirements of the position and will benefit the employer. 5. Describe how this job will help with your overall career goals. STEP #3: Complete the online application form at www.nraef.org/scholarships. Complete, print and sign the online application form. If you are under 18 years old, your parent or guardian must sign it. Please check the website for more information.

DiRoNa Undergraduate Scholarship

In 1989, DiRoNA established an endowment fund with the NRAEF to encourage students to pursue careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Since then, DiRoNA and the NRAEF have recognized more than 125 students with scholarship awards. Annually, DiRoNA honors its key industry partners, media patrons and past chairmen through the scholarship program. This scholarship was created to inspire students to pursue their passion in the culinary arts. This scholarship is for any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality related major. Award amount: $2,500 Who Can Apply: This scholarship is for any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality related major with an interest in fine dining.

NCRLA Colleges / Universities / Culinary Students in Four-Year or Graduate Programs

Eligibility: * Applicants must be students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college, university, or culinary program in NC. * Applicants must be pursing a degree in culinary arts, hospitality management, or tourism. * Applicants who have already earned an undergraduate degree from a four-year hospitality or culinary arts degree program in NC and who are planning to enroll or are already enrolled in a full-time graduate course of study pursuing a graduate degree in a hospitality related field or a MBA in NC for the entire academic year may apply. * Applicants must be permanent NC residents. * Up to seven awards are available. * Awards are $1,500 each. * Awards are not renewable, however, students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

John & Ann Clifton Scholarship Fund

Description:This scholarship is part of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation's Vocational Education Scholarship Program. Vocational Education describes certification or degree programs designed to teach students skills for a specific segment of employment. Programs include culinary arts, auto repair, diesel mechanics, cosmetology, computer graphics and assistive medical technology. Requirements:For students enrolled in vocational education programs in the UH Community College system.

Culinary One Year Scholarship

Areas of Studies: Culinary, Cook, Pre-Chef, Entering Professional Cook Level Who Can Apply * College students currently enrolled in a one-year (minimum eight months) culinary certificate program for the above mentioned areas of studies. * Applicants must not have received any other Canadian Hospitality Foundation scholarships * Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residentsHow to ApplyComplete the application form legibly and return to the Awards Officer or to your professor. Missing answers or incomplete documents may be grounds for elimination. * Completed and signed application form (we discourage the use of pencil to fill in the form and would encourage typewritten submission) * Resumé * OFFICIAL Transcripts of Records: (NOTE: web grades, academic records, photocopy, emailed nor faxed transcripts are NOT accepted) * Letter/s of recommendation from a current faculty member and/or school administrator has to be signed and must include address, telephone and where possible, email address * Letter/s of recommendation from past or present employers has to be signed and must include address, telephone and where possible, email addressCriteriaApplications are to be judged on the following criteria. Points assigned to each of the criteria (from a total of 100 points) are as follows: * Work experience (25): based on quality and length of work experience with extra points for foodservice, hospitality, and culinary-related experience and for increased levels of responsibility * Scholarship record (20): based on grade point average * Leadership and ability to get along with others (25): based on work experience, letters of reference and responses to application questions. * Professional promise (20): based on work experience, letters of reference and responses to application questions * Discretionary points (10): given to the discretion of each judge and based amongst other things on quality of application (neatness, imagination and effort put into the presentation).

American Institute of Baking (AIB) Scholarships

Description:Financial assistance offered by the American Institute of Baking for students enrolled in resident courses at the Institute. More information is available on the web at www.aibonline.org. Eligibility:Open to students who are majoring in culinary arts, taking courses in baking science or bakery maintenance. Must be an AIB student.

Warren W. Rosenthal Undergraduate Scholarship

Recipients selected by staff at Transylvania University Who Can Apply: Any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality-related major.

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