Culinary arts is a beneficial, engaging, and interesting degree but the path to this particular career is undoubtedly difficult and burdensome. This means that culinary arts students are much more likely to default on student loans than students with other majors.

Culinary arts scholarships are offered by various public and private institutions for students seeking to advance their educational careers in the culinary and pastry arts fields. Culinary degree is popular owing to its success to many cooking shows and celebrity chefs. Though the degree does not guarantee you such recognition it’s a great place to start. Several public and private institutions offer scholarships for students seeking to advance their educational careers in the culinary and pastry arts fields.

There can be different categories of scholarships for culinary students. It can range from domestic scholarship to partial scholarship or full scholarship. They can be general scholarships or can apply to particular institutions’ programs. There are state and region based scholarships as well which are offered by some restaurant associations and other professional industry organizations.

There can be targeted scholarships as well which are aimed at candidates from particular ethnic groups. They relate to individual advancements and include certain aspects of hospitality and culinary arts fields. 

Who can avail these scholarships?

Well, this is one of the full-fledged questions which students do have in their mind. The basic eligibility for a culinary arts scholarship are:

  • You must be a student of culinary arts. 

  • You can also have a career in the food industry but your field has to be related to culinary arts.

  • Certain scholarships are reserved for certain candidates like some scholarships are given to women candidates pursuing a career in culinary arts or to students who belong to a specific state or region. 

  • Certain students are chosen by their school based on their performance in past years and academic background.

  • Some scholarships demand you to have a minimum GPA in order to be eligible for that particular scholarship. 

But in a broader sense, Culinary arts scholarships are meant for students who wish to be restaurant cooks, chefs or managers in the food industry. 

Scholarships available for Culinary Arts Students

Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies

  • Amount: Varies

  • The C-CAP Scholarships are granted to students who participate in C-CAP’s competition events. To be eligible for this scholarship one must have a combined score of 1030 in SAT math and reading section or a composite score of 22 in the ACT. All students are selected by C-CAP and they receive scholarships for 4 years as long as they maintain a GPA of 2.75. 

Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship Trust

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2021

  • Amount: $5,000

  • Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship Trust is basically meant for students wishing to build a career in the foodservice industry. They must be in an undergraduate program related to the foodservice industry and they must have a minimum GPA of 2.75. 

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021

  • Amount: $3,000

  • This was for minority students who pursue a degree in hotel management. They must be graduating in December and the course must be of 12 credit hours. 

There are many culinary scholarships available these days. Research before you apply.

Application Deadline

March 01, 2020

Award Amount

$1,000 - $5,000

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

scholars@acs.org

Contact Number

800-227-5558

About the Scholarship

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Award is organized by the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society. ACS focuses on advancing the chemistry enterprise in order to improve society\'s lifestyle using the full potential of Chemistry.   ...

Application Deadline

April 15, 2020

Award Amount

$500 - $2,000

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

LaDeana@ramef.org

Contact Number

410-290-6800

About the Scholarship

Letitia B. Carter Scholarship is granted by the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation (RAMEF). The Letitia B. Carter Scholarship is exhibited in memory of the former CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland.  Letitia B. Carter Scholarship is granted to Maryland inhabitants interested in seeking hospitality-related coursework. It is acces...

Application Deadline

July 31, 2020

Award Amount

$3,000

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

info@dhewd.mo.gov

Contact Number

573-751-2361

About the Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded by the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. The Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship Program (Bright Flight) is a merit-based program that encourages top-ranked high school seniors to attend approved Missouri postsecondary schools.  How to apply for the scholarship? &...

Application Deadline

March 01, 2020

Award Amount

$1,500 - $3,000

Awards Available

2

Website

Link

Email Address

foundation@chamberfdn.org

Contact Number

845.454.1700

About the Scholarship

Cosimo DiBrizzi Memorial Scholarship is awarded from Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. The foundation was established in the year 1969, with a goal in supporting education, assist our nonprofit partners in achieving their mission. Casimo DiBrizzi family and Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce was the one who established this scholarship to h...

Application Deadline

May 01, 2020

Award Amount

$2,500

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

scholarships@acfchefs.net

Contact Number

(904) 824-4468

About the Scholarship

American Culinary Federation sponsors the AAC Culinary Institute of America Scholarship. Established in 1929, ACF provides resources that will keep you on the cutting edge and involved with the culinary industry.  What are the basic requirements needed for this grant? ...

Application Deadline

December 15, 2020

Award Amount

$2,000

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Contact Number

845-452-9600

About the Scholarship

M.F.K. Fisher Scholarship is accredited by the Culinary Institute of America. The (CIA) was formed in the year 1946, this organization offers bachelor’s degrees in applied food studies, culinary science, food business management, and hospitality management; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; executive education; certificate programs; and cour...

Application Deadline

March 01, 2020

Award Amount

$2,500

Awards Available

10

Website

Link

Email Address

cargillglobalscholars@iie.org

Contact Number

+1-844-803-9887

About the Scholarship

Cargill Global Scholars Program for U.S. Students is recognized by Cargill. The Cargill Global Scholars Program (CGSP) is the foundation that provides financial assistance to undergraduates from different countries like China, India, Indonesia, Russia, and U.S.A. The main purpose of this scholars program is to create a global network of future head who thrives in contributing a m...

Application Deadline

April 01, 2020

Award Amount

$4,000

Awards Available

1

Website

Link

Email Address

scholarships@tourismcares.org

Contact Number

7818215990

About the Scholarship

ASTA Holland American Line Graduate Research Scholarship was Established in 1995 by Holland America Line. The foundation is committed to its mission through excellence, by creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time. The purpose of this scholarship is to support both an undergraduate studying travel, tourism and hospitality and a student conducting graduate-level research with a c...

Application Deadline

March 02, 2020

Award Amount

$3,009

Awards Available

7700

Website

Link

Email Address

studentsupport@csac.ca.gov

Contact Number

8882247268

About the Scholarship

The California Student Aid Commission provides State financial aid for those who meet certain income, assets, and other financial aid standards to attend college. The program is intended to support individuals by economic assistance who is pursuing an occupational or technical program. The Cal Grant is a state grant program, administered by the California Student Aid Com...

Application Deadline

February 06, 2020

Award Amount

$1,000

Awards Available

1

Website

Link

Email Address

scholarships@ffa.org

Contact Number

3178026099

About the Scholarship

Kikkoman Foods, Inc. Scholarship is certified and is produced by the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization. FFA was begun as a youth association that changes lives and gets individuals ready for chief authority and self-awareness. The organization develops an individual potential and help them discover their interest and gui...