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James Beard Foundation Scholarships - As one of the most known names in America’s culinary industry, James Beard is often synonymous with excellence. This, in part, has a lot to do with the James Beard Awards, the food business’ version of the “Oscars,” and an annual event honoring and awarding that year’s top tier.According to their website, the foundation has awarded over $7 million in financial aid to more than 1850 recipients since its inception in 1991. With varying types of scholarships, grants and woke study programs, the James Beard Foundation offers a number of different options for aspiring culinarians.

National Restaurant Association Education Foundation Scholarships - One of the country’s largest culinary organizations, the National Restaurant Association has long been known for nurturing the industry’s best and brightest. This is specifically seen in the varying programs and aids provided by its Education Foundation. In addition to Prostart, the National Restaurant Association offers two different scholarships for qualifying students in the U.S.The Robert E. Rich Aspiring Entrepreneurs scholarship rewards students interested in business and entrepreneurship within the culinary industry. Another, the Al Schuman/Ecolab Undergraduate Entrepreneurial scholarship, also focuses on students with an entrepreneurial spirit pursuing education in the restaurant, foodservice or hospitality fields.

American Culinary Federation’s Education Foundation Scholarships - Anyone part of the food industry should be aware of the prominence and importance of the American Culinary Federation. For instance, did you know it was the ACF that changed the executive chef’s position from that of a service status to a professional one with the U.S. Department of Labor? The organization is big. So big, in fact, that is the largest professional chefs organization in North America.

The Institute of Food Technologists provides scholarship funding for graduate and undergraduate students pursuing education in food science.

CANFIT Scholarships

A sorority-issued scholarship for Atlanta chef hopefuls
The International Culinary Institute offers several scholarships, administered internally, and by outside organizations.  Military service is honored by two unique programs - Military Veteran Culinary and Pastry Scholarships and Military Veteran Sommelier Scholarships

The International Cake Exploration Society sponsors a scholarship for students deemed most likely to develop and promote the art of decorating cakes.

The Les Dames d'Escoffier International helps collect donations and funds for scholarships aimed at women pursuing the culinary arts.

The Institute of Culinary Education is proud to offer scholarship resources to assist emerging culinary professionals. Ten partial-tuition scholarships of up to $5,000 are available for ICE's Career Training programs, offered through these five organizations — The James Beard Foundation, The Culinary Trust, The WCR (The Women Chefs & Restaurateurs), Les Dames D' Escoffier and The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF). ICE is also proud to offer the annual ICE Kevin Nurse Memorial Scholarship. (
American Academy of Chefs Culinary Scholarships -The American Culinary Federation Foundation provides scholarships to high school students, college students, and professional chefs looking to further their culinary education. (
American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) Scholarship - Connecticut Chapter  - Darien, CT
The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Culinary Scholarship Competition - Art Institutes International, Inc.
The Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing culinary careers, as well as to those who work with Chicago area youth to promote healthy cooking and food education.
Cabot Creamery Culinary Scholarship - Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (
California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarships(
California State Fair Culinary Scholarships
Culinary Trust Scholarships
IFEC Scholarships International Foodservice Editorial Council
John Schwartz Scholarship - American Institute of Wine & Food-Pacific Northwest Chapter
Maine Innkeepers Association Hospitality Scholarships (
NRAEF Scholarships - National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarships Program (
Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Scholarship Program (
Maine Restaurant Association    (

Culinary Arts and Cooking Scholarships