Scholarships . . .

Tips For Getting a Culinary Scholarship

1) Scholarship committees, admissions recruiters, and employers look favorably on students who participate in extracurricular activities or do volunteer work. Group activities promote leadership qualities, communication skills, sense of purpose, and commitment.

2) Ask for letters of recommendation well in advance, and discuss the kind of information needed in the letter. It's important that your letters come from reliable sources and are written on company or institutional letterhead.

3) Most scholarship applications require a written personal statement discussing your background, accomplishments, and goals.

4) Send all required attachments along with the application.

5) Attach a cover letter that summarizes your educational goals. The cover letter is also a good place to include any personal information that you want the scholarship selection committee to consider when evaluating your application

6) Make copies of all parts of the application and recommendation letters. Keep these to refer to at a later date.

7) Apply Early - Make sure you have time to complete all requirements.

Links To Culinary Scholarship Web Sites:

The Culinary Trust Announces Scholarship Program for the 2009-2010 Academic Year . New York, NY (December, 2008) – The Culinary Trust will accept scholarship applications for formal culinary education and independent study and research from November 15 – February 15, 2010. There are 28 scholarships available with a value of nearly $90,000 for the 2009-2010 academic year. Read more . . . .

The American Academy of Chefs, through the American Culinary Federation Foundation, offers educational scholarships to high school students beginning to seek a culinary or pastry arts degree, college students currently seeking a culinary or pastry arts degree, professional chefs already working in the culinary industry looking to further their education or get certified, and student culinary teams currently competing at Regionals or Nationals.

Please visit their website for more information on scolarship for
high school students, college students, professional chefs and student culinary teams.

International Association of Culinary Professionals Foundation
304 West Liberty Street, Suite 201
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Phone: (502)587-7953

The Restaurant School
Walnut Hill College
4207 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: Karl Becker, $4,000 scholarship towards tuition for an entering freshman into either the two-year or four-year program in Culinary Arts or Pastry Arts. Scholarship award is $2,000 upon admission; $2,000 for the second year if the student maintains a 2.5 GPA in the first year. An AS or BS degree is awarded.

ProStart® National Certificate of Achievement Scholarship - The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is reaching out to high school juniors and seniors to provide them with the support they need to continue their education in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Upon completing the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement, you are eligible to apply for a $2,000 NRAEF scholarship to continue your studies in college.

Academic Scholarship for High School Seniors -Award amount: $2,000

The American Institute of Wine & Food
304 West Liberty Street Suite 201
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
800-274-AIWF (2493)
Fax 502-589-3602

( Contact Caroline Stuart at 212-675-4984, ext. 311 or for more information.

The American Institute of Baking (AIB) awards scholarships annually to self-sponsored students attending AIB's 20-week Baking Science and Technology (BS&T) and/or AIB's 11-week Maintenance Engineering courses. 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 20-week or 11-week course, provided he or she is otherwise qualified.
To apply for a scholarship contact:
Ken Embers, Scholarship Chairman
American Institute of Baking
1213 Bakers Way
Manhattan, KS 66502-4576
e-mail: Ken Embers - Or call: 785-537-4750, 800-633-5137

The IFT Awards Program is designed to honor outstanding individuals, teams, and organizations for contribution to the profession of food science and technology. Members and non-members are eligible for IFT Awards. Deadline for all IFT Achievement Awards is December 1, with the exception of IFT Fellow, February 1.

Marcel Loncin Research Prize-This prize ($50,000 paid in two annual installments and a plaque furnished by IFT) is given in even-numbered years to honor and provide funding for an IFT-member or nonmember scientist or engineer conducting basic chemistry/physics/engineering research applied to food processing and improvement of food quality. The application form for the Marcel Loncin Research Prize may also be obtained via IFT, e-mail:

Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship
The Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship Trust, established in 1990, honors Clark E. DeHaven, NACUFS' first executive director. The Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship is intended to provide financial support to students who demonstrate a commitment to a food service career. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited program that will lead to an undergraduate degree in a field of study designed to prepare students for careers in food service, or related areas. Awards will be made only to applicants enrolled at institutions that are members of the National Association of Colleges & University Food Services. Currently, two - $2,000 scholarships are awarded each year.

Women Chefs and Restaurateurs
The mission of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs is to promote the education and advancement of women in the restaurant industry and the betterment of the industry as a whole. 

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - although this is not specifically for culinary students, awards have been given to those intending to study the culinary arts; scholarships are granted to 250 high school seniors each year..

National Italian American Foundation - The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has an education budget of $1,000,000. The NIAF will award scholarships and grants to outstanding students in the summer of 2005 for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and divided between two groups of students.

The Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation - The Program has two main priorities: awarding scholarships to students who are seeking careers in the culinary arts and working with Chicago-area youth to promote the enthusiastic quest for education as well as an interest in the cooking and food.

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