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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.

WRA Education Foundation Scholarships in Foodservice

The WRA Education Foundation awards scholarships based on future plans in foodservice, academic records, essays on industry issues and professional recommendations. Over $36,000 in scholarships are awarded annually to culinary arts and hospitality management students across the state. Apply for Scholarships No hand-written applications will be accepted. Minimum qualifications for WRA EF scholarships are: Must be working in a Wisconsin foodservice operation at the time of applying Must be accepted at a nationally accredited, post-secondary school Must have a completed application that includes employer or instructor recommendations and school transcripts Please check the website for any changes in application deadline.

Arthur Jackman Scholarship

This fund was set up by the granddaughter of Arthur Jackman, a man who came to this country in the early 1900s and built his business working from the bottom up in the steel industry. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to students seeking training specifically to gain employment. Career & Technical programs include (but are not limited to) culinary arts, auto repair, diesel mechanics, business technology, carpentry, and a certificate or associates in nursing. Requirements: Residents of the island of Hawaii. Enrolled in an AS or AAS career and technical degree program at Hawaii Community College. Demonstrate financial need Be a full time student Maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA Preference for renewals

Hawaiian Homes Commission Career & Technical Education 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 career & technical education programs in the University of Hawai‘i system. Be native Hawaiian (50% or more Hawaiian ancestry) or a homestead lessee (at least 25% Hawaiian ancestry).

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.

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.

Kaneta Foundation Vocational Education Scholarship

Requirements:Be a student in the Culinary Arts program within the UH Community College system.

Ouida Mundy Hill Memorial 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.

Vicki Willder Scholarship Fund

Description:This scholarship was established in memory of Vicki Willder, former KS Food Services employee. Scholarships are to benefit KS Food Services employees and their families. Requirements: Be an employee or the dependent of an employee of Kamehameha Schools food services department or be a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. Preference to students majoring in culinary arts or travel industry management.

Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation

The GGRASF was established to encourage and provide assistance for individuals who wish to further their education in pursuit of careers in the culinary/hospitality industry. With support from our members, GGRA gives people a chance to flourish. Every year since 1968, the Trustees award tuition scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $6,500. We also give special awards in honor of industry role models David Rubenstein, General Counsel for GGRA from 1938-1968, and Robert Grison, co-founder and first President of GGRA.To apply: * Applications and guidelines distributed Jan 1st – Apr 30th. * Applicants must be California Residents at time of initial application. * Applications must be postmarked or delivered to office by April 30th for consideration. * Applications are reviewed by the Scholarship Trustees. * Students are selected for interviews based on need, experience, GPA and application.

Hospitality Majors/ Marriott Scholars Program

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must be studying a major that falls under the Hospitality Majors Application

The Cook Something Scholarship

The Cook Something Scholarship is a $500 scholarship awarded to one individual who is enrolled (or planning to enroll) to study in a food-related field in the 2017 school year.

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