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.

NRAEF Academic Scholarship for High School Seniors and General Education Diploma (GED) Graduates

This scholarship is for students who will be first-time freshmen including graduating high school seniors, GED graduates and high school graduates enrolling in college for the first time. To be eligible to apply, you must: · Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America · Be a first time freshman. This includes: Graduating high school seniors GED graduates enrolling in college for the first time. High school graduates enrolling in college for the first time. · Be accepted and plan to enroll in an accredited culinary school, college or university. You must: Enroll as a full-time or substantial part-time student taking a minimum of 9 credit hours each term. Major in culinary, restaurant management, or other food service related major. Plan to remain in school for at least two consecutive terms. STEP #2: Complete the required essays for the Academic Scholarship for High School Seniors and GED Graduates The two essays are required as part of the scholarship application packet and must be submitted with your printed and signed application form and other required documents as outlined in these instructions. The essays must be typed and double-spaced. Please put your name on the top of each page of your essays. Your essays must address each item in the essay questions. Essay #1: Personal Statement (Word Count: 150-300 words) · What is your ultimate career goal in the restaurant/foodservice industry? Tell us about background and experience. Discuss your education and work experience. · How will your background and experience help you to be successful in your career goal? · What do you need to do to achieve your career goals? Discuss your educational, work, and personal plans that will help you to reach your career goals. Essay #2 (Word Count: 350-750 words)· What experience or person (e.g. mentor, supervisor, etc) most influenced you in selecting the restaurant and foodservice industry of choice? · What did the person do to influence you? · What did you learn from this person? · How will this help you reach your career goals in the foodservice industry? STEP #3: Complete the online application form at Complete, print and sign the online application form

Culinary Institute of America Scholarship

Scholarship Information: The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, with the support of the American Academy of Chefs, will award two scholarships each year. Each recipient will receive $2,500 per year for four years to be applied directly to the student’s account at the institution. Eligibility Requirements: To be considered by the scholarship committee, an applicant must meet the following requirements: • Be an exemplary student. Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. • Be a high school senior eligible to graduate the same year as the scholarship is applied for. • Be currently accepted to the institution with a major in either culinary or pastry arts. • Have a career goal of becoming a chef or pastry chef Please check the website for more information.

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.

RCF Continuing Education Scholarship

The Research Chefs Association (RCA) values the importance of continuing education in the disciplines of Culinology®, culinary arts, and food science. Continuing education is vital to maintaining the highest caliber of Culinology professionals. The Research Chefs Foundation (RCF), therefore, strives to create opportunities for qualified professionals to succeed in these disciplines by providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships. ELIGIBILITY? Candidates must be RCA, professional members. Preference will be given to members who are seeking to acquire or maintain CRC or CCS certification through participation in classes at partner institutions.? Candidates must have demonstrated proof of full-time employment for one year as a food scientist, chef or food industry related profession.? Proof of enrollment in an RCA approved course must be submitted before payment will be issued. Continuing Education scholarship awards must be utilized within one year of receipt.? Previous winners are not eligible for a second award.JUDGINGApplications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:? Financial Need: 30%? Essay: 70%

The Art Institutes National Full-Tuition Scholarship for Culinary Arts

Use: Bachelors Degree in Culinary ArtsRecipient chooses the campus he/she would like to enroll inRequirement: 3.0 cumulative GPA or 85* cumulative average

Hospitality Majors Scholarship

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

Pete and Arlene Harman Trust Scholarship

This unrestricted scholarship aims to inspire and encourage students to follow their dreams and achieve greatness while pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality related major. Pete Harman, best known for founding KFC is passionate about the food industry and helping students who wish to pursue careers in the food and hospitality industries. Harman and his wife, Arlene, opened their first restaurant, The Do Drop Inn, with two employees in 1941. Since then he has had a love for the industry. Harman struck gold when he worked with Harland (Colonel) Sanders to develop and prepare the KFC system for franchising, working to develop training manuals and product guides. His other claims to fame are the development of the bucket packaging and the emphasis on the "Finger-lickin' good" motto. Award amount: $2,500 Who Can Apply: All

APIASF/Darden Restaurants Foundation Scholarship

Minimum Eligibility Criteria Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply Be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall. Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 Submit one letter of recommendation online. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) Enrolling as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student in the upcoming academic year Special consideration will be given to those pursuing a Hospitality Management or Culinary Arts degree

Marcia S. Harris Legacy Fund Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: Marcia Harris had a love for life and a love for the foodservice industry that stood out in even the largest crowds. Her passion and dedication to promoting, protecting and improving the foodservice industry is what drove her day in and day out. Applicants should also posses the qualities of passion, dedication and have a strong desire to improve the foodservice industry through the personal pursuit of professionalism. I. Applicants must be a Maryland resident AND one of the following: 1. High School Senior 2. College Student 3. High School or Post Secondary Instructor who teaches culinary arts or hospitality management courses II. Applicants must also be pursuing or teaching culinary arts or hospitality related coursework. III. Interviews will be required for student finalists

Scholarship and Fellowship Program

Graduate Fellowships: 1. You should be enrolled in graduate studies leading to an M.S. and/or Ph.D. at the time the fellowship becomes effective. 2. You should also be a person with an above average interest in research together with demonstrated scientific aptitude. 3. Your school of enrollment can be any educational institution that is conducting fundamental investigations for the advancement of food science/technology. 4. Your particular research program must be in the area of food science/technology, or in the case of IFT Food Packaging Division fellowship, in the area of food packaging. Research in such disciplines as genetics, horticulture, nutrition, microbiology, biochemistry, engineering, chemistry, etc., is not eligible unless it is directly related to your research program in food science/technology. 5. You become ineligible for further payments when you achieve the degree (or degrees) for which the fellowship was awarded, or if you drop or substantially change your planned research program during the tenure of the fellowship. It is your responsibility and your department head's to notify the Executive Vice President of the Institute within 30 days when such condition exists. Junior/Senior Scholarships: 1. You must be a sophomore or junior pursuing an approved program in food science or food technology in an educational institution. 2. sophomore students planning to transfer to an approved program to complete their degree must do so by the effective date of the scholarship. 3. If you withdraw from school or transfer to another major during the tenure of your scholarship you become ineligible for further payment. It is your responsibility and your department head's to notify the Executive Vice President of the Institute within 30 days when such condition exists. Freshman/Sophomore Scholarships: 1. If you are applying for a freshman scholarship you must be a high school senior and expect to graduate by the effective date of the scholarship, or a previous graduate entering college for the first time, and you must be enrolled in an approved program in food science/technology. 2. If you are applying for a sophomore scholarship you must be a freshman who is or will be enrolled in an approved program at the time the scholarship becomes effective. You also have to have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA (A=4.0) for the first term of study and have recommendation of both the department head and a faculty member familiar with your work.

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