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ICE provides scholarship opportunities to help students launch careers in food.

Start your scholarship search by reviewing the below list, including scholarships from ICE as well as our food industry partners and a vetted list of outside organizations. Please note the varying deadlines and application requirements for each individual scholarship.

For additional information about any of these scholarships, feel free to contact our Office of Student Financial Services directly at (888) 826-CHEF or

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For some applicants the dream of attending ICE seems impossible due to an inability to obtain financing. The ICE Cares Scholarship was created to enable these applicants to enroll in Career Culinary or Pastry & Baking Arts Programs with a grant of $25,000. Up to 20 scholarships will be awarded each year to academically qualified applicants who have completed the financial aid process but were unable to secure sufficient funds.

Applicants must:

  1. Apply to ICE and pay the application fee.
  2. Complete the ICE financial aid process including submitting a FAFSA (a copy must be submitted to the Institute of Culinary Education to demonstrate financial need) and have been disapproved by Plus, NJ Class, Sallie Mae and Tuition Flex.
  3. Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in high school or college.
  4. Be planning a career in Culinary or Pastry Arts.
  5. Satisfy the entrance requirements for the Institute of Culinary Education:
    • Applicants must be a high school graduate or have a GED
    • Those with international documentation must have an official certified translation indicating that the student completed the equivalent of at least a secondary school in the U.S.A.

Scholarship applications are available from the Admissions Office and must be received by ICE by:

  • June 1 for July award
  • September 1 for October award
  • December 1 for January award

Winners will be notified within four weeks of the deadline for submission. The scholarship will be in the form of a tuition, fees and charges credit applied to either the Career Culinary or Career Pastry & Baking Arts Program. The scholarship must be redeemed within one year of being awarded and placement in class will be on a space-available basis. ICE will notify the student at least 30 days before the start date of an available class.

Please contact your Admissions Representative for additional information.

James Beard is recognized as the father of American gastronomy. After his death, Julia Child and Peter Kump (founder of Institute of Culinary Education) founded the James Beard Foundation. The foundation's mission is to foster the appreciation and development of gastronomy by preserving culinary heritage and recognizing and promoting excellence in all aspects of the culinary arts. To qualify for these scholarships, you may not be a current or enrolled student of ICE, must be between 19 and 35 and meet ICE's admission requirements. 


  • Three Scholarships
    • Culinary Arts Program: $3,500
    • Pastry & Baking Arts Program: $3,500
    • Restaurant & Culinary Management Program: $2,500
  • Starting: April 1, 2018
  • Deadline: May 15, 2018

For Scholarship info, guidelines and applications go to

Interested students must complete the online application at and submit it along with a current, complete transcript of grades no later than May 15, 2018. Applicants must also submit two letters of reference, a copy of their most recent Federal tax return and an essay.

Contact: The James Beard Foundation, c/o Scholarship Department, 167 West 12th Street, New York NY. | 212-675-4984 |

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Established by Barbara Tropp and seven pioneering women chefs and restaurateurs in 1993, WCR is an active resource for women seeking to advance culinary education and gain recognition in various areas of the food and beverage industry. Through invaluable experiences and opportunities, WCR helps leverage the voice of talented women, helping to elevate their position while building a strong connection of industry peers. The organization has awarded more than 400 scholarships since its inception.

ICE is pleased to offer two scholarships each academic year:

• $2,000 towards the Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Management
• $5,000 towards the Career Pastry & Baking Arts Program

The award will be applied as a tuition, fees and charges waiver towards the total cost of the program. Scholarship winners must begin the program within one year of accepting the scholarship award.

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is September 14.

Applicants must be current WCR members and be awarded the scholarship prior to beginning classes at ICE. Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application and submit a one-page typed essay about their foodservice career, culinary interests, professional inspiration and how the scholarship will contribute to their career. They must also demonstrate a passion for the industry, a commitment to the community and a high degree of professionalism through work experience, volunteerism and/or academic pursuits (resume required).

Click here to apply. Applicants must submit a separate application for each award applied for.

Please contact with any questions. 

The ACF Education Foundation, with the support of the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), offers educational scholarships to high school students, college students, current culinary students and professional chefs looking to further their education.

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NRA Education Foundation offers a variety of merit-based scholarships to students who want an education and a career in the foodservice industry, starting at $2,500 per award.

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A collection of regional chapters, the NEWH seeks to promote scholarship, education and interest in the Hospitality Industry and related fields.

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Each year, the trust provides merit-based scholarships to students at member institutions who are committed to pursuing careers in accredited programs in the foodservice profession or related areas.

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IFEC strives to increase awareness and understanding of career opportunities available in the fields of foodservice and food communications and to encourage the entry of qualified individuals into these fields.

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The Jeanette Rankin Foundation provides scholarships and support for low-income women age 35 and older across the U.S.

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Emerge’s mission is to provide scholarships to women whose educations have been interrupted, who have overcome significant obstacles, and who give back to their communities.

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