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

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) 921-CHEF or NYfinaid@ice.edu.

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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 Arts, Pastry & Baking Arts or Health-Supportive Culinary 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 2.5 in high school or college.
4. Be planning a career in the culinary industry.
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.

There is no deadline for this scholarship opportunity – awards are announced monthly. The scholarship will be in the form of a tuition credit applied to the student's Balance Due upon enrollment in the Career Culinary Arts, Career Pastry & Baking Arts or Career Health-Supportive Culinary 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.

Kevin Nurse graduated from ICE's Culinary Arts Program in 2008. Kevin triumphed over remarkable odds with his own health to graduate from ICE and become a chef. Shortly before enrolling at ICE, he underwent a lifesaving heart transplant and discovered that in an amazing coincidence his heart donor had also attended culinary school and worked as a chef. Kevin felt that he was meant to carry on the donor's legacy. Sadly, Kevin passed in July 2010. This scholarship honors his memory and celebrates his life and passion for the culinary arts, helping further carry on his inspirational story.

The scholarship is intended for a student who has overcome a medical hardship afflicting him or herself, or who has a family member with a medical hardship. The applicant must demonstrate a passion for education in the foodservice or hospitality industries to be eligible for the scholarship. Applicants should submit a 1,000-word essay explaining the applicant's medical hardship, passion for cooking and why he or she is deserving of the scholarship. Additional consideration will be given to candidates who have given back to the community and helped generate awareness of the affliction. To qualify,applicants must meet all ICE entrance requirements and have applied to ICE but not yet be enrolled. The scholarship winner must begin their program of choice within one year of accepting the award.

Details:

One total scholarship awarded in the amount listed below (varies by program):

  • Culinary Arts Program: $10,000
  • Pastry & Baking Arts Program: $10,000
  • Health-Supportive Culinary Arts Program: $10,000
  • Restaurant & Culinary Management Program: $5,000
  • Hospitality & Hotel Management Program: $5,000

Submission timeframe:

  • Starting: January 1, 2020
  • Deadline: March 1, 2020

Please note that the scholarship entry period for 2019 has passed. ICE will begin accepting applications for the next scholarship period on January 1, 2020.

All submissions should be sent electronically to kevinnurse-memorial@ice.edu. No paper submissions will be accepted.

This scholarship is awarded in the form of a tuition credit applied to the student’s tuition, fees and charges. The student’s own funds must cover the remaining balance of tuition.

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. 

Details:
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 or Hospitality & Hotel Management Program: $2,500

Submission Timeframe:

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

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

For Scholarship info, guidelines and applications go to
http://www.jamesbeard.org/education/scholarships-and-grants

Application:
Interested students must complete the online application at https://www.scholarsapply.org/jamesbeard 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 | www.jamesbeard.org

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.

Each year, ICE partners with C-CAP to offer two scholarships through the C-CAP Scholarship Program:

  1. One tuition credit for the Hospitality Management Program, and
  2. One tuition credit towards the Career Culinary Arts Program, Career Pastry & Baking Arts Program or Career Health-Supportive Culinary Arts Program.

The scholarship covers the amount to tuition and the registration fee only.

To be eligible for this scholarship students must apply and be selected to compete in the C-CAP Cooking Competition for Scholarships.  The Competition is a three-tier cooking competition where high school students compete for post-secondary culinary and hospitality school scholarships.  Students must be selected to participate in each of the following:

  • C-CAP Application
  • C-CAP Preliminary Competition
  • C-CAP Final Competition
  • C-CAP Interview

Competition applications are submitted through a student’s culinary teacher or local C-CAP Coordinator (http://www.ccapinc.org/contact.php) and are accepted typically from September through December annually. Applicants must be currently attending a C-CAP partner high school or participating in a C-CAP after-school program and be 21 years of age or younger to qualify.

Finalists in the C-CAP Cooking Competition for Scholarships and scholarship winners are selected based on performance in the competition, soft skills (such as attitude and integrity), scholarship eligibility, financial need, and applicant’s school preferences.

The scholarships are awarded during the C-CAP Cooking Competition for Scholarships Award Ceremony, which is typically held in April of each year.  Scholarships are awarded in the form of tuition waivers towards the cost of the program and do not cover expenses for supplies.  Winners must begin their programs within two years of accepting the scholarship awards.

Please contact C-CAP with any questions regarding the scholarship at info@ccapinc.org.

 

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.

ICE partners with C-CAP each year to help deserving students “find their culinary voice.” Through the C-CAP Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Management Program Scholarship, two tuition, fees and charges scholarships will be awarded each year for the Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Management program in the amount of up to $15,530.

The award will be applied as a tuition, fees and charges waiver towards the total cost of the program. The scholarship does not cover costs for expenses, such as iPad and books. Scholarship winners must begin the program within two years of accepting the scholarship award.

Applicants must:

  1. 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.
  2. Plan to enroll, but not be currently enrolled, at ICE.
  3. Demonstrate proven financial need (most recent Federal Tax Return must be provided).

Winners will be notified in April or October by C-CAP of their award.

Eligible students should contact C-CAP to apply. Please also contact C-CAP with any questions regarding the scholarship at info@ccapinc.org.

Les Dames d’ Escoffier New York (LDNY) is an international organization of accomplished women professionals in the food, nutrition, wine, and hospitality industry. The primary goal of LDNY’s annual scholarship program is to encourage talented young women to become tomorrow’s leaders in the industry. LDNY’s mentorship program provides scholarship winners with additional support as they strive to advance in their chosen fields.

Applicants must reside in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut and must have completed or be about to complete at least one module of higher education. You must be an active student between January 1 and March 26 in order to apply. Interested women students are invited to submit an application. The following instructions must be read carefully. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

To qualify send your completed two-page application along with your resume, official transcript, two letters of recommendation and an essay on how you plan to apply yourself in the culinary/pastry arts or culinary/hospitality management fields.

Visit www.ldny.org for more information on the organization and additional scholarships that are offered.

Details:
Four scholarships (1 awarded in each Program):

  • Career Culinary Arts Program or Career Health-Supportive Culinary Arts Program: $2,500
  • Career Pastry & Baking Arts Program: $2,500
  • Restaurant & Culinary Management Program: $1,500
  • Hospitality & Hotel Management Program: $1,500

Click here to download an application.

All applications must be filled out, scanned and sent to The Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@ice.edu.

No applications can be sent directly to Les Dames d’ Escoffier. Only 1 program can be applied for/per applicant. Winners will be selected by mid-June each year. Only winners will be notified.

The Jean-Georges Food Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between underprivileged students and the working culinary community. Students who have received a scholarship directly from the Food Dreams Foundation may be eligible for an additional scholarship from ICE. Eligible applicants must satisfy the entrance requirements to ICE and have applied to the school but not yet enrolled. Eligible applicants must also be willing complete the Food Dreams Job Program at one of several Jean-Georges Vongerichten properties for a period of at least one year following their education.

Scholarship value varies by program and class schedule selected. Up to 25 scholarships per year will be awarded on an ongoing basis. Please visit www.fooddreams.org 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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