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.

IRA Educational Foundation Scholarship Program

Applicant Qualifications To qualify for a scholarship, you must:  Be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois  Be accepted and plan to enroll in an accredited culinary school, college or university  Enrolled as a full-time or substantial part-time student, taking a minimum of 9 credit hours each term.  Major in a culinary, restaurant management or foodservice related program Required Documentation To be considered for a scholarship, your application packet must include the following: 1. Signed hard copy of application (typed and fully complete). You may type into the application if your form shows blue boxes that you can type your text into. If not, the document must be printed and then typed. 2. Official transcripts: o Graduating high school seniors: unofficial copies are acceptable, until official copies are released. o Current college students: transcript must be sent for all academic institutions attended. 3. One essay (250 words minimum) 4. Two signed recommendation forms. The letters must be on company or school letterhead. You may submit one additional recommendation.  One from an employer or industry professional  One from an instructor in the restaurant and or foodservice industry must be included. 5. Photocopied documentation of honors and achievements 6. A copy of the acceptance letter from a culinary school, college or university. 7. Verification of work experience. Work experience can include any paid employment, volunteer experiences, community service hours, or kitchen/lab experience as part of your education. You will be judged on the work hours that are verified by the following documents. No other documents will be accepted.  Copies of paycheck stubs. Do not send copies of W-2 forms;  A letter from your employer, supervisor, or teacher verifying your total work hours. It must be on company or school letterhead. The number of work hours must be include. 8. Documentation sent separately (such as transcripts, references) from the application must be postmarked by the application deadline or your application will be disqualified.

K & W Cafeterias Scholarship

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

Les Dames d'Escoffier

3 ScholarshipsCulinary Arts Program: $2,500Culinary Management Program: $1,500pastry & baking Arts Program: $2,500Les Dames d' Escoffier is a society of professional women involved in food, wine and arts of the table. The purpose of the organization is to support and promote the understanding, appreciation and knowledge of food among its members and others who share their objectives worldwide. To this end, they are committed to honoring the best female students in the culinary field and to advancing them in their careers. To qualify send your resume, official transcript, three letters of recommendation and an essay: how you plan to apply yourself in the culinary arts or culinary management. Applicants must be female, reside in the New York chapter's 50-mile radius of NYC, and be accepted or in the process of applying to culinary school for either program.

Warren W. Rosenthal Undergraduate Scholarship

Recipients selected by staff at Transylvania University Who Can Apply: Any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality-related major.

NRAEF Academic Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

STEP #1: Make sure you are qualified for this scholarship. Please read through the qualifications below. If you don’t meet ALL of these qualifications you are not eligible to apply.To be eligible to apply, you must:· Be a citizen or permanent resident* of the United States of America· Be a college student currently enrolled full-time or substantial part-time (minimum of 9 credit hours) in a foodservice related program at an accredited culinary school, college, or university· Have completed at least one grading term of your college or post-secondary program· Be enrolled for two consecutive terms or not entering your last semester before graduatingSTEP #2: Complete the required essays for the Academic Scholarship for Undergraduate Students.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. Essays must be typed and double-spaced. Please put your name at 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 your 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)· Pick one of the following current issues that effect the restaurant industry: sustainability, food safety, or nutrition.· Briefly discuss how the issue effects the industry.· Provide specific examples of what you would do in your career to address this issueSTEP #3: Complete the online application form at, print and sign the online application form.

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.

AIB Scholarships

AIB awards scholarships annually to self-sponsored* students attending AIB's 16-week Baking Science and Technology (BS&T) course. A single scholarship application form assures the candidate of consideration for all awards. The failure of an applicant to qualify for a scholarship does not affect admission status; he or she may still attend AIB's 16-week course, provided he or she is otherwise qualified.(*If you work in the baking industry and your employer pays for you to attend the course, you are a "company-sponsored" student. If you are not yet employed in the baking industry, you are a "self-sponsored" student. Students are required to take the complete course. Self-sponsored students are eligible for scholarships and financial aid.)Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee of AIB faculty and staff. The committee considers educational background, the three letters of recommendation, and work experience relative to the baking and food industries. Funding for the various scholarships come from corporations, clubs, professional organizations, and individuals. These scholarships range in value from $500 to the cost of the full tuition. All scholarship awards are applied directly to the tuition cost. To receive priority consideration, send your application before May 1 for fall scholarships and November 1 for spring scholarships. Applications received after priority dates are considered in the order received.

Women's Business Alliance Scholarship Program

The Women's Business Alliance of Choice Hotels in conjunction with the Choice Hotels International Foundation will award college scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to deserving females with an interest in or link to the hospitality industry. Both undergraduate and post-graduate students are eligible to apply for this award. Awards must be competed for annually. Current and past recipients of the award are eligible to re-apply for the award. Selection Criteria Requirements for Applicant Consideration Must be a female. Must be a legal resident of one of the 50 United States (or the District of Columbia). Must attend an accredited institution in the United States. Must be able to demonstrate an interest in the hospitality industry. Must submit a complete, signed application, with all supporting documentation. Exclusions for Applicant Consideration Must not receive 100% tuition reimbursement from an alternate source. Must not be an employee of Choice Hotels International, Inc. or its subsidiaries ("Choice Hotels"), or an immediate family member (spouse, parent, sibling, or child) or a household member of such employee.

American Institute of Baking (AIB) Scholarships

Description:Financial assistance offered by the American Institute of Baking for students enrolled in resident courses at the Institute. More information is available on the web at Eligibility:Open to students who are majoring in culinary arts, taking courses in baking science or bakery maintenance. Must be an AIB student.

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)

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