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.

CANFit Program Scholarship (Graduate)

Criteria: *Must be a Minority student. *Must be enrolled in an approved masters level, or doctoral program in Nutrition, Physical Education, Culinary Arts, Public Health Nutrition; or American Dietetic Association Approved Pre-professional Practice Program at an accredited university in California. *Must have 12-15 units of graduate coursework completed and verified with an official copy of university transcript and a 3.0 or better GPA (Cumulative).

American Academy of Chefs Chair’s Scholarship

Description:Sponsored and administered by The American Academy of Chefs, the scholarships provide culinary students assistance toward covering the cost of culinary programs. Eligibility:The American Academy of Chefs offers ten Chair’s scholarships, awarded annually on a competitive basis. Scholarships are available to exemplary students currently enrolled in a full-time two- or four-year culinary program who have completed at least one grading period.

Peter Kump Memorial Scholarship

Peter Kump was an educator and entrepreneur with a great love of food, whose interests ranged from theater, to speed reading, to the culinary arts. He founded Peter Kump's New York Cooking School in his New York apartment in 1975, inaugurated his professional program in 1983, and in 1986—at the urging of Julia Child—established the James Beard Foundation. Kump himself had learned from the best, and this scholarship commemorates the inspiring culinary legacy that he created.Applicants must: * Be a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale * Be planning to enroll at a licensed or accredited culinary school * Have a minimum of one year of experience in the culinary field and substantiate * Demonstrate financial need

Icon of Industry Scholarship

Founded in 1984, NEWH is an international non-profit organization, with 18 chapters and 6 affiliated areas, which links professionals from every facet of the hospitality industry and related fields. The NEWH By-laws state one of the objectives of NEWH is to promote scholarship, education and interest in the Hospitality Industry. To date, NEWH has given $3,00,000.00+ USD in scholarships to young people wishing to pursue careers in the hospitality industry. The NEWH Icons of Industry Scholarship Award will be based upon the following criteria: Must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college Must have completed half the requirements for an undergraduate degree or be enrolled in a graduate program Must show financial need and have eligible outstanding debt for tuition, books or supplies at time of scholarship award in May 5 Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA Must be pursuing a career objective in the area of the Hospitality Industry with an emphasis towards the area(s) of hospitality determined by our ICON (criteria changes annually) Must have participated in an internship program or similar position An eligible school is defined as one that is fully accredited and will hold the scholarship moneys in trust for the student to draw down upon on an “as needed” basis without any service charges. Opens in May with deadline to apply in mid-September. Winner $5,000 scholarship award given at Gold Key Ceremony in New York in November. Honorable mention $3,5000 scholarship award given at HD Expo in Las Vegas the following May. Student travel and lodging paid by NEWH, Inc. winning student must attend award event and have eligible debt at time of award.

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.

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 for more information and an application form.

BBQ Advisor Scholarship

Students must complete a 2,000 word essay on the topic of sustainable and ethical meat production. Please submit the essay through the scholarships email.

CRAEF ProStart Scholarship

Awards scholarships to qualified students in foodservice/hospitality management programs. Applicants must have demonstrated strong interest in the foodservice/hospitality industry as evidenced through documentable work experience in the industry. Eligibility Criteria: Note: Any applications which do not meet the following criteria or are not legible will be automatically disqualified. • Be enrolled in the ProStart® program at your high school or in your school district • Be accepted into an approved postsecondary program, starting Fall • Have a minimum Final, Overall Grade Point Average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale • Have some documented industry-related work experience. Please Return: • Your Application, typed or printed clearly, indicating “N/A” (not applicable) when appropriate • An official high school transcript sent directly from high school to our offices • A Resume • Documentation of industry related work experience. • Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a current or previous employer. Teacher recommendations are also welcome. • A “Letter of Intent” stating that you are enrolled/enrolling in an accredited foodservice/hospitality related program for a minimum of 9 credit hours (ie: your college “acceptance” letter)

Eddie Dopkin’s First Course Award, Honoring Entrepreneurship in Hospitality

Is presented by the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation on behalf of the Dopkin Family. Eddie was a longtime restaurant owner, caterer and entrepreneur in Baltimore. He owned Miss Shirley’s and The Classic Catering People as well as many other restaurants. ($5000 scholarship) Only available to current students at Stratford University – Baltimore Campus. Eligibility Requirements: • Maryland resident • Must be a current student at Stratford University – Baltimore Campus to apply for this scholarship Complete Sections 1-8 for the Eddie Dopkin First Course Award, Honoring Entrepreneurship in Hospitality and complete Essays 6 and 7.

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.

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