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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 is a need-based scholarship for the Career Culinary Arts, Career Pastry & Baking Arts, and Career Health-Supportive Culinary Arts Program applicants who have attempted but unsuccessfully completed the financing process. The value of the scholarship is up to $25,000 based on need, and up to twenty are awarded annually. In addition to answering the essay questions, applicants must submit a high school or college transcript indicating a GPA of at least 2.5, and completed and current award year FAFSA results demonstrating eligibility for Stafford loans and financial need. The ICE Cares Scholarship total amount will be established by subtracting TIV total eligibility plus $2,000 from the Total Institutional Charges for student’s selected program. Scholarship recipients will still have a minimum $2,000 out-of-pocket requirement.

Applications are available in the Office of Admissions or the Office of Student Financial Services.

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 awarded in the amounts listed below:

  • Career Culinary Arts Program or Career Health-Supportive Culinary Arts Program: $3,500
  • Career Pastry & Baking Arts Program: $3,500
  • Restaurant & Culinary Management Program: $2,500

Submission timeframe: 

  • Starting: April 1, 2020
  • Starting: May 15: 2020

Please note that the scholarship entry period for 2019 has passed.

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, 2020. 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 |

Founded in 1990, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) has worked to enhance the culinary arts curriculum in public schools as well as better prepare underserved students for college and career opportunities in the culinary and hospitality industries. Click here to learn more about C-CAP.

Four (4) scholarships are offered each year by ICE’s Los Angeles campus through the C-CAP Scholarship Program:

  1. One (1) full-tuition scholarship for the Career Culinary Arts Program
  2. One (1) full-tuition scholarship for the Career Pastry & Baking Arts Program
  3. One (1) full-tuition scholarship for the Career Health-Supportive Culinary Arts Program
  4. One (1) full-tuition scholarship for the Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Management program

The scholarship does not cover expenses for supplies such as uniforms and knives.

Applicants must be currently attending a C-CAP partner public high school or after school program and must complete the C-CAP Competition application process. Applications are typically accepted from September through December annually.

The scholarships are awarded to finalists in the C-CAP Cooking Competition for Scholarships, which is typically held in May of each year. Finalists and scholarship winners are selected based on performance in the competition, soft skills (such as attitude and integrity), scholarship eligibility, financial need, and the applicant’s school preferences.

In addition to these three scholarships, the Los Angeles campus is also proud to offer all graduating Los Angeles area C-CAP students a scholarship to attend ICE in 2021. Graduates are eligible for a $5,000 scholarship for the Career Culinary Arts or Pastry & Baking Arts Program, or a $3,500 scholarship for the Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Management program. To qualify, a recipient must:

  • Be graduating from a southern California or Arizona high school that offered C-CAP related training in 2020
  • Have at least a 2.75 GPA
  • Use the scholarship for an ICE program that starts prior to the end of 2020
  • Meet ICE’s general admissions requirements

Speak with your Admissions Representative or visit for additional information.

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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Aarón Sánchez is an award-winning chef, author and philanthropist who’s dedicated to preserving his family’s legacy through food. The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund (ASSF) empowers aspiring chefs by awarding successful applicants with full culinary scholarships to ICE, along with ongoing mentorship. 

Each scholarship recipient receives:

    •    One full scholarship to culinary school in New York City
    •    Eleven months room and board in New York City
    •    All of the supplies needed for school
    •    A monthly unlimited metro card
    •    Flights and ground transportation to and from New York for the start and end of the program
    •    Local mentorships during the program
    •    Culinary industry experience

Please note that the scholarship entry for period 2021 has passed. 

For Scholarship info, guidelines and applications go to:

Interested students must complete the online application at