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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.

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).

The Art Institute of Las Vegas

Here are the requirements to apply: * Students must be enrolled in a culinary class in a participating C-CAP school. (Check with your culinary instructor if C-CAP is in your school.) * Students must have completed at least one course in the culinary arts. * Students must demonstrate interest, talent, and skill in the culinary arts. * Students may not be older than 21 years of age. * GED students who are not older than 21 are eligible. * 3.0 GPA required Please check the website http://www.ccapinc.org/s-faqs.php for more information.

Scholarship Award Program

Over $1,700,000 in tuition scholarships are being offered in both degree and diploma programs to Florida high school graduates. These scholarships are available in such diverse specialties as business administration, electronic engineering technology, drafting and computer assisted design, secretarial, fashion merchandising and design, accounting, cartooning/illustration, court reporting, professional mariner, culinary arts, hospitality management, private investigation, nail and skin care technology, respiratory therapy technician, travel and tourism, cosmetology, video film production and recording arts, automotive service technology, photography, industrial design technology, music and video business, allied health administration, air conditioning and refrigeration technology, paralegal studies, interior design, therapeutic massage, rescue and advanced open water diving, cardiovascular technologist, visual communication, medical or dental assisting and other business, health care and technical/career fields.

Hungry To Lead Scholarship

Eligibility: Those eligible to apply are high school seniors, or college students' registered/pre-registered to attend an accredited school in the United States. Applicant must be pursuing a degree in a foodservice/hospitality program, or directly related. The scholarship is merit based on high school records, ACT and/or SAT scores, college transcripts if applicable, and extracurricular activities. Minimum requirements as follows: High School or College cumulative GPA of 2.5, SAT of 1300, or ACT of 18. Applicants will also be judged on their ability to demonstrate leadership capabilities. Top three finalists will be awarded scholarships in the following order. First place: The Amana Leadership Scholarship ($2,500) Second place: The Hungry To Lead Scholarship ($2,500) Third place: Leadership Recognition Award ($500) U.S. Citizens attending any post-secondary institution in the United States Full time students planning to pursue a degree in foodservice or hospitality Leadership characteristics and carrying a minimum 2.5 GPA, 1300 SAT, or 18 ACT score

The Chef’s Academy 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.

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.

William F. Carl Scholarship

The William F. Carl Scholarship honors the late co-founder of Golden Corral by granting scholarships to eligible children of hourly employees in the restaurant industry. William F. Carl was a firm believer that the dedication and hard work of hourly workers were the industry's foundation for growth and success.

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.

NEWH New York Chapter Scholarship

Qualifications:  Must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college  Must have completed half the requirements for a degree or certification in the program you are currently enrolled  Must show financial need and have eligible outstanding debt for tuition, books or supplies at time of scholarship award  Must have a 3.0 GPA  Must have a career objective in one of the areas of the Hospitality Industry (i.e., Hotel/Restaurant Management, Culinary/Foodservice, Architecture, Interior Design, etc.) Additional requirements must be included with your application:  Student essay, to include: o Background of yourself and your experience o Your goals and objectives after graduation o What prompted you to choose this career o Do you feel you made a contribution to your school program or fellow students through leadership or participation o Why is obtaining this scholarship important to you o If your application is not accepted, what plans do you have for financing  Official Transcript  Letters of recommendation from Professor, advisor and/or department head  Letters from industry professionals, employers, etc. Submit all items mail: JACLO c/o Morgan Brodey 129 Dermody St. Cranford, NJ 07016 morgan.brodey@jaclo.com

CANFit Undergraduate Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be enrolled in an approved bachelors level program in Nutrition, Physical Education, or Culinary Arts at an accredited (WASC) college or university of California. 2. Must have 50 semester units of college credits. 3. Must have a 2.5 GPA. 4. Must be a minority. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.canfit.org/scholarships.html for more information and an application form.

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