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.

Culinary School of the Rockies 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 or career professional toward the 23-week Chef Track program offered on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings. This program is taught by Colorado’s top chefs/instructors.

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

LionsDeal $1200 Scholarship Award is launching an exciting new scholarship program where we will be awarding $ 1,200 USD to (2) students a year (bi-annually) enrolled in college pursuing a career in the foodservice and hospitality industry. In order to win this scholarship the participant must submit an essay describing why they decided to pursue a culinary career.

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.

Johanna Drew Cluney 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.

Roy and Donita Gross Scholarship

Eligibility: Non-traditional students who have completed at least one semester in either the Culinary Arts or Hotel and Restaurant Management programs at Fox Valley Technical College. Award Amount: One non-renewable $500 scholarship awards for tuition expenses. Selection: Selection of the recipient will be made by the Fox Valley Technical College Scholarship Review Committee. Payment Procedure: Scholarship payment will be made directly to Fox Valley Technical College Foundation upon request. Further Information: For more information regarding this scholarship please contact Fox Valley Technical College Foundation at 920-735-2478. You can also visit the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region’s website at or contact us at or 920-830-1290.

Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship

Catherine W. Pierce scholarship was established to support students who are majoring in disciplines within the Arts and/or History. Mrs. Pierce had a great interest in helping deserving students pursue the fields of Art or History. The award amount is up to $5,000. To be eligible for this scholarship students must: - Be enrolled full-time at a U.S. accredited 4 year institution - Have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale - Be pursuing a degree in an Art or History discipline (see eligible majors) To complete this application you will need: - To write an essay - To provide an unofficial transcript ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA: 2.5 ETHNICITIES: African American/Black, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American, Caucasian RESIDENCY STATUS: U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, Master's Student MAJORS African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Business, Creative Design, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Culinary, Design, Economics, English, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, History, Hospitality Management, Humanities, Illustration, Industrial Design, International Studies, Journalism, Labor Studies, Mass Media Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Photography/Video, Political Science, Pre-Law, Public Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Public Relations, Religion, Social Sciences, Social Work, Spanish, Theater Arts/Drama, Theology, TV Production, Urban Planning/Studies, Visual Arts, Vocal Performance, Women's Studies

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.

The Art Institutes Full-Tuition Scholarship

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.

Kirby McDonald Education Endowment Fund

Through the Kirby McDonald Education Endowment Fund, the foundation awards $8,000 and $10,000 college and graduate scholarships and college and graduate scholarships of up to $2,500 per semester to Alaska Natives who are original enrollees and the direct lineal descendants of original enrollees of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. for studies in culinary arts, business administration, and engineering.

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