Aspiring chefs in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other locations across the country recently received the chance to compete for a wide range of culinary arts scholarships through the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a non-profit organization that helps underserved students prepare for careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The annual C-CAP scholarship contest awards scholarships of up to the full amount of tuition at leading culinary schools to students who have participated in their programs.
A story in The Los Angeles Times followed students through the final round of the C-CAP competition, as well as the scholarship awards banquet, where nearly $590,000 was awarded, including several scholarships over $50,000. To be accepted into the C-CAP scholarship competition, students must be 21 or younger and enrolled in a culinary arts course at a C-CAP school, and must have completed at least one culinary arts course. Students complete a scholarship application that includes an essay component and two letters of recommendation. They then compete in a preliminary cooking competition. Winners advance to the finals, which include another cooking contest and a scholarship interview.
Culinary arts can lead to a fulfilling career, but programs can be expensive and it can be difficult to find enough financial aid. This and other culinary arts scholarships can help students follow their passion and enter careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry with minimal debt. To find out about the C-CAP scholarship, you can visit their website, and to find other culinary arts scholarships, you can do a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.