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.

Golden Corral Scholarship

Eligibility:One award of $4,000 to a rising college junior enrolled in a four-year culinary or hospitality program in NC. Award is not renewable. Applicant must be a permanent NC resident.

Linda Cullen Memorial Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, with the support of the American Academy of Chefs, will award a limited number of scholarships annually, based on the availability of institutional and private funds. To be considered by the scholarship committee, an application must meet the following requirements: • Be an exemplary student. Have or maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. • Be currently accepted to an accredited, post-secondary college, with a major in either culinary or pastry arts, or be an ACF registered apprentice. • Have a career goal of becoming a chef or pastry chef. Please check the website for more information.

Sammy's Scholarship

This scholarship is for anyone attending Cuyahoga Community College or Working at Sammy’s.

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.

Culinary (2-year Program) Scholarship

Areas of Studies: Culinary Management, Cook, Culinary Management-Nutrition, Chef, Baking and Pastry Arts ManagementWho Can Apply * College students in the 1st year of a minimum two-year diploma program * University students in their first or second year of a degree program. This applies to universities whose above mentioned areas of studies start in their first year of a degree program (where scholarship is applicable). * University students in the third year of a degree program. This applies to universities whose above mentioned areas of studies start in third year, not in the first year of a degree program (where scholarship is applicable) * University students in the first-year of a 2+2 program (first 2 years completed in a community college) * Applicants must not have received any other Canadian Hospitality Foundation scholarships * Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residentsNOTE: Please see the areas of studies for each of the above mentioned scholarships.How to ApplyComplete the application form legibly and submit to the Awards Officer or your professor along with the following documents. 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 – most current transcript (web grades, 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).

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 for more information.

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

Sullivan University - National Center for Hospitality Studies 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 career professional toward the 18-month Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts. Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies provides a solid foundation in food preparation, purchasing, inventory control, sanitation, nutrition and various methods of food presentation.

NEWH Las Vegas 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.) Please attach the following:  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 by mail to: Karen Licea 4022 Dean Martin Drive Las Vegas, NV 89103 (P): 702.883.1383 (E):  

Sweeney Family Scholarship

The "Sweeney Family Scholarship" is awarded annually, and provides assistance to individuals with disabilities so they can pursue educational goals or gain technical expertise beyond high school to increase their career options and enrich their lives through education and training. This scholarship is for any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality related major. Who Can Apply: Students with disabilities.

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