January 18, 2011
- Chefs4Students culinary scholarships and grants go to students with financial need who are already enrolled in an accredited culinary school or institute. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens, and the school they are attending does not have to be in the U.S. Students with a strong academic record and excellent personal recommendations qualify. The program encourages applicants to participate in the forum on the program’s website so that reviewers have a chance to get to know them before making decisions. Winners, selected by a panel of experts who review a 500-word essay and personal recommendations, receive a cash award for tuition. In 2010, Chefs4Students awarded 10 grants of $1000 each. The number of grants and level of funding varies from year to year depending on the generosity of donors to the program.
- The American Academy of Chefs awards scholarships to high school students, college students, professional chefs and student culinary teams competing at the American Culinary Federation’s conferences. High school seniors and students already enrolled in college must have a GPA of at least 2.5, but students with higher GPAs receive higher scores in the review process. The federation also sponsors scholarships to Baltimore International College, any of the Culinary Institute of America’s campuses and Johnson & Wales University.
- The Culinary Institute of America maintains campuses in Hyde Park, New York; St. Helena, California; and San Antonio, Texas. Scholarship requirements vary from campus to campus. The Hyde Park campus awards associates and bachelor’s degrees. Applicants qualify for merit scholarships, an inner-city student program and awards based on leadership qualities, among others. The St. Helena campus, with associates and accelerated programs, offers 11 different funding opportunities. The San Antonio school, which awards a certificate in culinary arts, sponsors the El Sueno scholarship for Texas residents.
- The James Beard Foundation sponsors scholarships for students and grants for professionals seeking to enhance their skills through travel, independent work or study. In addition, some culinary schools waive tuition rather than taking a cash award for winners of James Beard scholarships. Students are evaluated on GPA, extracurricular activities, work experience, financial need and letters of recommendation. A committee of experts determines the winners from a pool of finalists. The Friends of James Beard Foundation also awards cash grants funded through individual donations. Grant amounts vary. In 2009, the foundation awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships, tuition waivers and professional grants.
American Culinary Federation
Culinary Institute of America Scholarships
James Beard Foundation Scholarships
by Ethan Leak