Culinary Scholarships—How to Taste Some Success

Culinary Scholarships

Culinary Scholarships

Making a future out of the field of culinary arts can be a rewarding one but also an expensive prospect when it comes to paying for your studies. Culinary scholarships are the answer to your problems. There are some industries which are less affected by the economic crisis and the tourism industry is one of them. With the rise of the tourism industry, comes, a rise in the culinary industries which involves professionals like chefs, hotel managers, hospitality managers, etc.

If you are aspiring to become a professional in any of the culinary arts, you want to further your knowledge of your desired culinary field and earn a degree or certificate in your field to be a testimony to your qualifications. Sometimes this is an expensive endeavor. Culinary scholarships are the answer to your trouble.

Culinary scholarships are available in the states which attract more tourists, like Hawaii, Florida, New York, etc. These are also offered by many professional organizations like businesses, corporations, schools offering culinary training, etc.

Let us talk about some of the requirements. The first thing is that you must get your letters of recommendation ready and they must be from a credible source. Culinary schools are usually looking for an application accompanied by an enumeration of your achievements in your field together with your future planning. You must also be careful with your timing; you must apply as early as possible because this will enable you to meet any special requirement and make any special arrangements that are required.

Let us also look at some of the culinary scholarships being offered:

1)    The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) offers scholarships, grants and loans. It has associate degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry.

2)    The James beard foundation offers cash scholarships in the form of tuition waivers.

3)    The American Culinary Federation (ACF) offers scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in culinary arts which could amount to up to $1000.

Once you have submitted your application, the next stage is of selection. Obviously, there are a number of applicants and you have to prove yourself better than everyone in front of a panel of impartial scholarship committee.  Your chances improve if you have participated in healthy extracurricular activities other than your studies which include activities showing your sense of leadership and commitment. Also you have to select a school with care. A good strategy could be to look for a scholarship in a state where business related to your culinary art is flourishing.