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.

Robert E. Rich Aspiring Entrepreneurs Scholarship

This scholarship rewards students interested in business and entrepreneurship. Four scholarships will be awarded in total. One recipient will be selected from each of the following schools: Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales, Cornell School of Hotel Administration; Cornell University- Food Industry Management. Award amount: $2500 Who Can Apply: Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales, Cornell School of Hotel Administration and Cornell University - Food Industry Management students.

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

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation – Scholarship

This scholarship is for any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality-related major. Award amount: $2,500 Who Can Apply: This scholarship is for any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality-related major.

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.

NEWH Dallas 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: Roger Mathis Paravars 5646 Milton St #213 Dallas TX 75206

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).

Julia Child Fund at The Boston Foundation Scholarship

Description:Established to offer financial assistance to students from designated states who are interested in pursuing a degree in the culinary arts. Eligibility:Two $5,000 cash scholarship for independent study in France. This scholarship is available for a career professional to do research, writing and teaching related to French food, wine and culinary disciplines.

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Academic Excellence Scholarships are awarded to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest grade point average in each public and private high school throughout the state of Wisconsin. The number of scholarships each high school is eligible for is based on total student enrollment. In order to receive a scholarship, a student must be enrolled on a full-time basis by September 30th of the academic year following the academic year in which he or she was designated as a scholar, at a participating University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, or Independent institution in the state.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation – Past Chairman Fund

This scholarship is for any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality related major. Recipients are selected from general pool of eligible scholarship applicants. This scholarship was established in 1988 through donations from past chairman of the National Restaurant Association (NRA). It was originally called the Past Presidents' Fund. This scholarship fund was established to help promote the educational activities of the educational foundation. Award amount: $2,500 Who Can Apply: This scholarship is for any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality-related major.

CANFit Program Scholarship (Undergraduate)

Criteria: *Must be a Minority student. *Must be enrolled in an approved bachelors level in Nutrition, Physical Education, Culinary Arts, Public Health Nutrition at an accredited university in California. *Must have 50 semester units of college credit completed with an official copy of college transcripts and 2.5 or better GPA (Cumulative) for undergraduate requirements.

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