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American Culinary Federation Scholarships


April 30, 2023

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  • Established in 1929, ACF is the premier professional chefs’ organization in North America with more than 14,000 members in over 170 chapters nationwide. From regional and national events to certification and publications, ACF provides resources that will keep you on the cutting edge and involved with the culinary industry. Stay up-to-date with the latest industry happenings and ACF news. Find recent press releases, ACF media coverage and samples of our publications. ACF is offering scholarships.

    The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, with the support of the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), is pleased to offer scholarships annually to students. Applicants must be an exemplary student with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, and be currently accepted to an accredited, post-secondary college, with a major in either culinary or pastry arts, or be an ACF registered apprentice. Must have a career goal of becoming a chef or pastry chef. Scholarship is semi-annual with deadlines of April 30th and October 31st. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
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Jenneifer Mathews  on 2/3/2022 11:19:37 PM

Hi, I really want to apply for this Scholarship, I am graduate of Food and Beverage Operations and would like to continue my studies as a chef. Two questions please. Today's date of Feb, 4th, 2022. Am I late or can I still apply? Also, I am African, Namibian to be exact, am I eligible or is it only for others except Africans? Kindly assist me, thank you.

Rachel P  on 1/24/2021 11:15:13 PM

I am applying for this scholarship because I can’t afford to pay the amount asked to further my education in culinary arts. I love to cook and I’m always experimenting with my foods. I get so excited when I discover a new flip to the same old basic recipe. I want to go further. I have the skills and the knowledge to do what I can do now, but I want more. I want to be a chef. I love cooking and I love to experiment. I would love to learn what I don’t know. I am a single mother with an adopted daughter. She’s six, and she loves to cook with me. She doesn’t like the clean up though. I have taken my dream of cooking and baking, and turned it into my passion. I will reach my goal.

Rachel P  on 1/22/2021 8:30:04 PM

I am applying for this scholarship because I can’t afford to pay the amount asked to further my education in culinary arts. I love to cook and I’m always experimenting with my foods. I get so excited when I discover a new flip to the same old basic recipe. I want to go further. I have the skills and the knowledge to do what I can do now, but I want more. I want to be a chef. I love cooking and I love to experiment. I would love to learn what I don’t know. I am a single mother with an adopted daughter. She’s six, and she loves to cook with me. She doesn’t like the clean up though. I have taken my dream of cooking and baking, and turned it into my passion. I will reach my goal.

Kiley Grondin  on 1/15/2021 10:50:16 PM

I am currently in a Culinary Program, I was awarded, financial aid for my fall semester and spring semester. I was just informed there is a suspension on my spring semester, from when I enrolled 10 yrs ago and dropped out after finding out i was pregnant, i payed back $15,000 in financial aid and student loans over the years,, I have 3 kids, and I'm trying really hard to give them a better life. This came very unexpectedly, im stressed and need help.

Nicole F  on 1/15/2021 10:37:33 AM

This scholarship is a great opportunity to get money to support your dreams!

Chad T  on 1/11/2021 12:19:40 PM

I am in desperate need of financial support as I attend Stratford University for an associate degree in the culinary/pastry arts program. My passion for baking and cake decorating started in the least likely of places. Grocery store. I've now been in the retail bakery business for over 10 years now at such places as Kroger, Walmart, and Publix. My story has come with many hardships and challenges. I have had to overcome many things that has led me to this place in my life. School is the next step in my recovery, to learn everything I can about my passion, and to succeed in a future bakery business.

Adriana L.  on 1/2/2021 4:20:58 PM

I am a young Panamanian girl who dreams of studying gastronomy abroad, however, I do not have the money to do it. Obtaining a scholarship or financial aid would be of great help to fulfill my dreams and make them come true.

Anya Archie  on 12/19/2020 5:18:29 PM

I am currently attending Culinary college but without as many scholarships as I can get my hands on I don't believe I will be able to return. I come from a one-parent household and we are struggling to fund. I have wanted to pursue a life in baking for as long as I can remember and this scholarship will help me get one step closer to my dream.

Lungiswa Faya  on 12/3/2020 3:39:12 PM

I am a South African young lady looking for a scholarship to study patisserie abroad. At college I studied Tourism and later did a course in culinary, I have worked with some of the best companies in the country as a Commis Chef, currently I am employed as an Assistant Cook by an international cruise line. My passion for cooking and baking has pushed me to do achieve so much that a lot of people believed was "impossible". With this Scholarship I hope to go even further in my mission to ensure a brighter future for myself.

ChiquiTogleDalmata  on 12/2/2020 12:22:58 AM

I'm looking for scholarships for my future senior high school and also to support my financial assistance for my studying

Emily Evans  on 11/25/2020 7:53:36 PM

I am a senior in high school. I have experience with harkness where i am a culinary student. I want to go to college for culinary and I've been accepted into The Culinary Institute of America

kimoni j  on 11/16/2020 11:53:11 AM

i want this scholarship because i feel like i can be very successful with my very good culinary skills and because being really good at cooking runs in my family and i have a dream and i believe that it will come true

Nicole F  on 11/14/2020 2:14:58 PM

To whom this may concern, I have always been inspired to enter the Culinary/Pastry Arts industry. I have been accepted into 3 schools, CIA, JWU, and SUNY Delhi. My passion in the industry is to become a instructor to teach others with the same passion as me for food.

Maricruz O  on 11/1/2020 8:50:04 PM

This scholarship is perfect for me because I have a driven passion for baking. My mother and I are always in the kitchen making all sorts of pastries that we actually have customers! I would love to attend culinary school to earn my degree and open up a family bakery! I have a lot to learn and I'm willing to put the time and effort into it. This scholarship is the perfect way to help me get started!

Brandon M  on 10/28/2020 6:34:43 PM

I have a basket full of memories related to the smells and taste of my childhood. Now that have to compose myself to write this, I remember the my childhood and life experience has been a bit rough for me. I have struggled to make and find anything I could consider my passion, something to properly drive my emotions and energy into. Yet, I have been cooking and baking throughout the entire storm. From the age of six, I made curry scrambled eggs for my family. My mother had a look of surprise in her face. I had to become self sufficient at an early age, though I never saw a problem. Until it came to money, at 14 I was tired of asking my father for funds to spend time with my friends. I got my first job at a sports bar. In the kitchen it was a diverse set of line cooks, each person taking their own personal fancy to certain items they put through the window. I would see the rage and at times hostility that brewed on the line. For whatever reason I was attracted to it. Though I kept my distance for a while due to subconsciously fearing the heat, I worked my way up in multiple restaurants from bus boy to server. I worked positions at an organic pizza restaurant, giving me a little freedom to create at work. Making odd but classic taste for the pizza menu. My first time with a rotating coal oven. Afterwards , I came back to the sports bar. Now I stepped on the line and got my feet wet cooking at high volume. I then began cooking at a more high end American chain of restaurants. Putting more quality dishes through the window. I changed locations and began working at a plant based ice cream concept store. I hadn't thought of gourmet sweets as its own lane until this location. From there I moved to my most recent location. Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen. I am of Jamaican decent, so this was the greatest home feeling. I stepped on the line here, and within a week, I became head chef. Serving my dishes for the vibrant characters of the city of Miami. Due to covid, I have not been i

Tamara B  on 10/26/2020 12:03:48 PM

i would like to have a scholarship for culinary school i would love to know more about cooking but the thing is i can't do that if i can't get into the culinary cooking is more to me it't love it's caring and also it brings family together and thats another reason i love cooking i have a passion for baking when i bake that's one thing that makes my day better baking can do such much for me i want to start my own bakery one day i plan to make that happen with all the hard work i'm going to put in if i dont get this scholarship im not going to give up i'm keep trying till i will Thank tou for reading my comment .

James C  on 10/20/2020 8:42:52 PM

To whom this may concern, I am a graduated senior that is looking to better my life and follow my dreams of one day becoming a chef with my own restaurant. I really hope that I can earn this scholarship since I am struggling to pay for college because I do not have financial support since my dad has passed away and I do not know my mom. This scholarship would mean the world to me and overall help me get a few steps closer to achieving my dream of going to my favorite culinary school, Johnson & Wales University.

Bryant R  on 10/12/2020 12:41:46 PM

I am a young homeless African American male that will be starting at the ICASI Culinary School this upcoming winter and would appreciate being considered for this scholarship. Can you help me apply for this so i can get the help needed financially to move forward. Thank you.

Brit B  on 10/6/2020 4:54:52 PM

I am a senior in high school and I work at Ben and Jerry’s, I work as a cake artist at Ben and Jerry’s and I really have loved it. It’s made me want to go to culinary school and start my own business. I applied to the culinary institution of America and I hope to get in!!

Shantia P  on 9/30/2020 5:00:34 PM

To whom this may concern, culinary has always been my passion since I was a child. I beleive this scholorship will better benfit me in acheiving my dream on becoming a pastry chef. I've been receiving emails after emails from multiple culinary schools and institutions to start my future career. Food is such a big passion of mine and I would love to make an influene on the younger population with what I do. This scholorship will better benefit my future and my future in general!

Adnan Jawed  on 9/30/2020 3:23:46 AM

When I was in my 6th grade I discovered my love for food. Started discovering new flavours and exprimenting with them made me excited. I am persuing Holet Managment currently from India as I am an Indian. I always wanted be in a prestigious Institution and I hope to take this dream of mine further with your help. Hoping to start my culinary journey very soon!!.

Tinita W  on 9/19/2020 6:46:38 AM

I would love for my son to get this scholarship because it is his passion to become a Chef and he wants to be able to help the family financially. Also he is in financial need to due his dad and I divorcing after 22 years of marriage.

Mya P  on 9/2/2020 3:48:20 PM

I got accepted into the culinary institute of America for a baking and pastry arts degree with high hopes of working as a high end pastry chef in New York City. its been a high passion of mine since I was in elementary school and I can't wait to start my journey.

Allayah Jewell  on 8/31/2020 11:28:20 AM

Good evening to whom this may concern, I am applying for this scholarship because I believe food is one of the ways to a person's heart. When preparing food, I believe thatit should be prepared with love and care. That the chef should appreciate the harmony of each and every flavor when combined. Becoming a chef is an opportunity for me to share with everyone, and not just my family. My dream is cook with so much love that it brings families together, starts conversations that people were too afraid to start, and fill those who are hungry. Food is meant to be fellowshipped over. I love cooking so much that I volunteered to feed the hungry this summer. I even volunteered to help serve people at my church during church events. My goal is to continue feeding those who desire a good meal. Thank you for your time.

Alexis B.  on 8/30/2020 5:32:31 PM

I didn't really know what I wanted to major once I got into high school, but once I got into the Culinary program at my local career center I feel in love with it. I never thought I would enjoy cooking as much as I do now. I am a senior in high school, but I am taking college credits. Once I graduate from high school I will be attending Spartanburg Community College for my first two years and then once I get my degree from there I plan on attending Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, NC. This scholarship would really help me and my parent out with the finances. In the future, I plan to open up my own business. I still don't know if I want to do soul food or be a pastry chef. Thank you!

alexa davis  on 8/26/2020 12:42:52 PM

The arts of cooking has always been my dream since I was a child.Ever since my uncle pass I have been pushing hard to make my dreams come true. I want to have a business in culinary arts.

Gabrielle W  on 7/24/2020 9:58:58 AM

Throughout high school I have struggled with what I wanted to do as a profession. I worked hard in school but i never knew what I was working so hard for. I've always had a love for cooking but I was afraid of not making it or at least not making enough to have the life I wanted. Up until this point I've been considering criminal law as a career choice all because I was afraid , but I new i wouldn't enjoy law as a life long job. One day one of my friends saw me stressing out and asked me,"what's a something you can't live without doing?", I said cooking/baking I love the feeling I get when I make something for someone they smile, it brightens my day and I want that to be my life.

Kiley G  on 7/8/2020 11:03:58 PM

One of the only good memories from my childhood, was food. My mothers cooking to be exact, my mother got hurt when she slipped and fell working in a kitchen, which led to a series of back and neck surgeries. For her cooking and baking was put to a halt, but that is when I picked up cooking and baking. As a mother of 3, any financial help I could get with Culinary School will be more than appreciated. I was accepted into a newer Culinary School for the 2020-2021 season, Les Cheneaux Culinary School in Hessel, Michigan. Located in Michigans Upper Peninsula.

Tanaria I.  on 6/23/2020 8:18:39 PM

The reason why I want this scholarship is because it will help build my career and provides me with the need to help my community. And I hope to inspire someone day!

Angelique N.  on 6/6/2020 7:37:31 AM

I have been accepted to Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. My goal with a degree in culinary and operations management is to find a to incorporate food in a positive way for people with mental health disorders. I am also a psychology major so with both degrees I hope to achieve this goal. Also, I want people to understand how to control emotional eating or how to still be able to consume food when anxious or in any other type of emotion that affects good eating habits.

Jesica H  on 5/14/2020 10:35:38 AM

I, like many others, would love to receive this scholarship because I am passionate about baking and pastry art. Furthermore, I wish to use these skills to allow myself to gain techniques that I lack so that I may open my own bakery one day.

Emily W  on 5/13/2020 9:25:56 AM

The reason I am applying for this scholarship is that ever since I was a little girl just about the age of 10 I always had a love to cook and loved how it can bring people together and create such a special connection with all around. Now i am enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at Johnson and Wales University in Providence RI and I'm living my dream and focusing on honing my skills and crafting my passion.

Candice C.  on 4/23/2020 1:44:48 PM

I would really love to receive this scholarship not only because I have a huge passion for it, but also love to make people happy with my pastries. Some of my favorite sweets to make are banana pudding, cookies, cakes, brownies, cupcakes, peach cobbler, apple pie, etc. If I could, I would love to open up a bakery one day and feed people with my delicious pastries. With this scholarship, I could use it to further my studies in my cullinary school I will be attending which is known as Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. There, I can further my knowledge in learning different skills and techniques of the different pastries I can learn to make.

Jennifer A  on 4/18/2020 5:49:09 AM

Hi i want to be a chef like my father i always dreaming how can i be a chef and i decide to apply this scholarship i wish i can be choosen. Wish me luck

Samaiyyah.M  on 4/15/2020 8:22:05 PM

I would love to be able to win this scholarship in order to continue my dream of baking. I have been accepted to Johson and Wales Providence going there to attend the Baking and Pastry Arts program for a four-year run. I have always been in love with baking and is my passion in life that I want to continue. This scholarship would really help out in continuing my culinary career and to go on and have a successful job.

Andrea M  on 3/17/2020 10:28:12 PM

I am developing my chef's fusion bistro direction for Bubbles Table Bar that I plan to have located in Seattle, Washington. I have an exiciting menu plan that includes such things as Cioppino, fried green tomatoes and classics such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Attending the Culinary Arts program at Seattle Central Community College this fall will be a great addition to a great plan.

Takyiia J  on 3/10/2020 11:20:16 AM

The art of cooking has always been a passion of mine. I really got into cooking when I was a younger child. Watching my grandmother cook everyday inspired me to learn the basics to cooking. This scholarship will with paying tuition and start my journey on becoming a Chef.

Angelena  on 3/4/2020 2:38:09 PM


Amira A-C  on 2/17/2020 8:22:10 PM

I it my dream to be a chef. I have been accepted to the Restaurant School in Philadelphia

Clara T  on 1/8/2020 11:14:53 AM

I would love to receive a scholarship for baking and pastry arts because it is my passion. I have cooked in the kitchen since I could walk. I have applied to Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky. Sullivan University is expensive and the scholarship would really help me chasing my dreams. While touring the campus I fell in love with it instantly. My passion is to start my own bakery because I love to bake with my great grandparents recipes. My

Hannah Kerns  on 1/7/2020 7:36:46 AM

I would love to receive a scholarship to help with my culinary dreams of becoming a baking and pastry chef. I applied to two colleges and was accepted to both of them which was Indiana University of Pennsylvania(Punxsutawney), and Allegany College of Maryland and I have chosen University of Pennsylvania(Punxsutawney), attend in the fall of 2020. I have a 3.7 GPA with a learning disability that I have continued to work thought-out my school years. I have been attending an Culinary Arts program though the Tech Center for the last two years of high school.

Touseef Bilal  on 12/18/2019 12:09:53 PM

I would love to have this scholarship because i have a big passion for culinary arts, and would also like to follow my dreams. I never thought that i would get this far but i did, i would like to go as far as i could possibly go in life and i know that it starts here.I really need this scholarship because I want to conquer my dreams and start my own bakery and this scholarship would definitely help with my college tuition.

Cherryl Ninang  on 12/13/2019 3:05:42 AM

Since i was in highschool I wanted to study culinary art but we are financially unstable. I always wanted to cook for my family.I make sure to give my son and my daughter a good food but I have to work abroad for them. I have to this for their future. If you grant me a scholarship I would be able to give them a better life .

Nyla Woodson-Cain  on 12/9/2019 8:03:23 PM

Since I could remember I’ve always wanted to feed people’s souls. Not to just give them good food but to give them a experience where they feel loved, just by the taste of my food dancing on their taste buds. I know for me to make that happen, I will need to further my education. This scholarship will help me make my dreams come true.

hannah b  on 7/29/2019 4:19:01 PM

This is my reason for applying for this scholarship. I love baking and cooking. I bake more than I cook. have depression and when I am baking or cooking, it makes those thoughts go away. I want to go to college for Culinary Arts. When I get done with college I want to get a good culinary job and save up money to open up my own cafe so I can bake and cook my thoughts away and be happy.

diribe dominica  on 6/8/2019 9:48:19 AM

Hi, i'm applying because pastry and baking is my world and have been looking for a way to learn more and explore. My first degree is in gastronomy but my passion for baking has growen bigger by the day. I really know that by getting this scholarship, my dreams wouldn't be a waste hoping i get in. My dream has always beign having my own pastry and teaching others but with my economical condition i can't do much. please help my dreams come true.

Amanda merino  on 4/19/2019 4:18:32 AM

Im applying for this scholarship because, i love baking and pastry. I was at the art institute here in ca, at san bernadino. They closed down and i didnt even get to finish. I only had 2 quarters to go. all of the other ai near me shut down as well. No where is accepting my transcripts and i have to start from scratch to get my associates degree. And now im stuck paying off a loan. And my dream is to be a top pastry chef and i work as a pastry chef for a restaurant but, to me that degree meant everything to me and now i cant really afford to get into another culinary school because of my loans and all my stuff for ai. This scholarship would really help me finish up my degree. I have two little boys who love what i do and i wouldnt change it for the world

Kenya Camp  on 5/25/2018 9:07:22 AM

I am attending Johnson and Wales University in September for Culinary arts i completed my checklist and I am currently looking for scholarships to fill the big gap that my financial aid did not cover.

Mona Rahim  on 2/3/2018 8:07:00 AM

I would love to have this scholarship because i have a big passion for culinary arts, and would also like to follow my dreams. I never thought that i would get this far but i did, i would like to go as far as i could possibly go in life and i know that it starts here.

Rito G  on 12/28/2017 4:28:40 PM

Is it too late to apply for this scholarship because it's not letting me apply?

Pat langnau  on 12/23/2017 2:19:05 PM

I told my granddaughter Tahlia Linder about this. She has been accepted at Johnson & Wales in Miami where she wants to study the pastry arts. They have offered a scholarship to her but it is not enough. She has a GPA of 4.1, she is biracial and Jewish. She has been very active in her High School band in Pensacola Florida where she plays the trombone and has been a drum major for 2 years. She would be a credit to any school.

Katrina V  on 12/20/2017 3:14:07 PM

I have been accepted at Indiana University of Pennsylvania(Punxsutawney). I have worked in a cafe as a Pastry Chef. I now work in a Bar and Grill. Becoming a Chef is my dream. This scholarship would go a long way in helping me realize that.

Mark M  on 1/11/2016 7:41:47 PM

I would love to get this Scholarship to help me get into Johnson and Wales and study breads and pastries which has been my dream since I was three years old. Thank you for considering me!

Gary B  on 3/8/2015 8:30:34 AM

I am a Alaskan Native American enrolled to attend the Culinary Institute of American, Greystone campus in California. I am currently volunteering for a local soup kitchen in my home town to satisfy enrollment requirements. I am seriously interested in pursuing this academic goal and return to my home community and serve aquatic foods to my Native community. My grandfather was an Alaskan Native elder and motivated me to pursue college. His response to my questioning about his taste in foods was always countered by, "my next meal". I miss him and his humor and standing in the Native community. Since his death I am more than motivated to obtain and education in the Culinary Arts and return to my Native community to serve others.

Emoney G  on 11/17/2014 10:41:48 AM

I applied for this scholarship because I have been in love with culinary arts since i was six years old.

Averee C  on 10/29/2014 11:00:42 AM

I really want this scholarship because I could then fulfill my dream of becoming a chef. I never thought I could qualify for anything else, and this is perfect for me.

Kristin P  on 12/16/2013 1:10:40 PM

I really need this scholarship because I want to conquer my dreams and start my own bakery and this scholarship would definitely help with my college tuition.

Michael D  on 1/18/2011 6:55:49 PM

I would love to have this scholarship because i have a big passion for culinary arts, and would also like to follow my dreams. I never thought that i would get this far but i did, i would like to go as far as i could possibly go in life and i know that it starts here.

Allison F  on 11/29/2010 1:47:14 PM

apply for this now!!!