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.

Thad & Alice Eure Memorial Scholarship

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

Sammy's Scholarship

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

NRAEF ProStart® National Certificate of Achievement Scholarship

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 graduating high school senior · Have earned a ProStart National Certificate of Achievement. Plan to attend full-time or substantial part-time (minimum of 9 credit hours) in a foodservice related program at an accredited culinary school, college, or university STEP #2: Complete the required case study for the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement Scholarship. This case study is required as part of the scholarship application packet and must be submitted with your printed and signed application and other required documents as outlined in these instructions. Please put your name on the top of each page of the case study. The case study must be between 250 - 500 words, typed and double spaced. Case Study: You are applying for a job in your favorite area of foodservice or the restaurant industry. Write a cover letter to apply for this job. Your cover letter should be written in business letter format. Use your current qualifications, background, and experience. Your cover letter should include the following information. 1. The position you are applying for and what kind of company/restaurant (if it is fine dining, etc). 2. Briefly explain why you are interested in the position. 3. Describe your current qualifications, background, and experience. Provide examples of your skills and training. 4. Discuss what qualities you can bring to the company/restaurant and how your skills will fit the requirements of the position and will benefit the employer. 5. Describe how this job will help with your overall career goals. STEP #3: Complete the online application form at Complete, print and sign the online application form. If you are under 18 years old, your parent or guardian must sign it. 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.

Pete and Arlene Harman Trust Scholarship

This unrestricted scholarship aims to inspire and encourage students to follow their dreams and achieve greatness while pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality related major. Pete Harman, best known for founding KFC is passionate about the food industry and helping students who wish to pursue careers in the food and hospitality industries. Harman and his wife, Arlene, opened their first restaurant, The Do Drop Inn, with two employees in 1941. Since then he has had a love for the industry. Harman struck gold when he worked with Harland (Colonel) Sanders to develop and prepare the KFC system for franchising, working to develop training manuals and product guides. His other claims to fame are the development of the bucket packaging and the emphasis on the "Finger-lickin' good" motto. Award amount: $2,500 Who Can Apply: All

Hungry To Lead Scholarship

Eligibility: Those eligible to apply are high school seniors, or college students' registered/pre-registered to attend an accredited school in the United States. Applicant must be pursuing a degree in a foodservice/hospitality program, or directly related. The scholarship is merit based on high school records, ACT and/or SAT scores, college transcripts if applicable, and extracurricular activities. Minimum requirements as follows: High School or College cumulative GPA of 2.5, SAT of 1300, or ACT of 18. Applicants will also be judged on their ability to demonstrate leadership capabilities. Top three finalists will be awarded scholarships in the following order. First place: The Amana Leadership Scholarship ($2,500) Second place: The Hungry To Lead Scholarship ($2,500) Third place: Leadership Recognition Award ($500) U.S. Citizens attending any post-secondary institution in the United States Full time students planning to pursue a degree in foodservice or hospitality Leadership characteristics and carrying a minimum 2.5 GPA, 1300 SAT, or 18 ACT score

IFEC Scholarships for Foodservice Communication Careers

IFEC scholarships are intended to assist students pursuing careers as writers, editors, public relations and marketing communication practitioners and closely related areas within the foodservice industry. EligibilityTo be considered eligible for an award, a student must be currently enrolled and in good standing in a post-secondary, degree-granting educational institution in the U.S. and have an expected graduation date that is after December 31, 2011.The student must show evidence of training, skill and interest in both foodservice and the communication arts. The combination of studies and/or work experience in both the foodservice field and the communication arts is necessary. Applicants should have a strong academic record, good character references and demonstrate financial need. Majors considered applicable in the foodservice area include culinary arts, hotel, restaurant and institutional management, hospitality management, dietetics, nutrition, food science and technology, and related studies. Applicable majors in the communication area include journalism, public relations, mass communication, English, broadcast journalism, marketing, photography, graphic arts, and related studies.

The Cook Something Scholarship

The Cook Something Scholarship is a $500 scholarship awarded to one individual who is enrolled (or planning to enroll) to study in a food-related field in the 2017 school year.

Royal Scholars Program

The Royal Scholars program is designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding college students to advocate the food and fiber industry, leadership and the American Royal. Royal Scholars will travel to Kansas City, Missouri, in the summer for training, Business and Scholarship Luncheon and again during the 116th American Royal to participate in School Tours, PRCA Rodeo, the American Royal Parade and Youth Leadership Day. In recognition of the outstanding achievements of the Royal Scholars and their continuing advocacy of the food and fiber industry, the American Royal Association will award a $2,500 scholarship to each student selected as a member of the Royal Scholars program.

Wally & Joni Doolin Scholarship

This scholarship is for any student pursuing an education in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality related major who participated in the ProStart Program, preference will be given to minority females. Who Can Apply: ProStart Students, minority females

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