Interested in becoming a chef or restaurant manager? If so, there are college scholarships available to you prepare for these fields. Here are two to check out with application deadlines in April, May, and October.
The JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION offers more than 100 scholarships; its scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America. As of 2017, the Foundation had awarded more than $7 million in financial aid to almost 2,000 recipients.
High school seniors and current college students who plan to or who are currently studying the culinary arts, pastry and baking, hotel and restaurant management, food studies (including history, economics, anthropology, sociology), agriculture, sustainability, or food security at a postsecondary educational institution may apply. Scholarships are awarded based on applicants’ grade point average, extracurricular activities including work experience, letters of recommendation, and financial need.
Applicants must submit a completed application (available online) and academic transcripts. Two complete sets of application materials must be sent. Applicants may apply for up to three different scholarships. Some scholarships require the completion of an essay as a requirement for application. Scholarship amounts vary by scholarship. The application deadline is May 15, 2018.
The AMERICAN CULINARY FEDERATION (ACF) EDUCATION FOUNDATION, with the support of the American Academy of Chefs, offers several scholarships to students who plan to pursue college study or a food-related apprenticeship. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0; plan to enroll or be accepted into an accredited, postsecondary program in culinary or pastry arts; and have a career goal of becoming a chef or pastry chef. They will be evaluated on a 100-point scale that incorporates a variety of criteria such as GPA, essay, involvement with the ACF, and letters of reference.
Visit the Academy’s website to download a scholarship application. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $2,500. Application deadlines are April 30 and October 31 of each year.
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