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Learn About Scholarship Opportunities at ICE

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 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 1st for July Award
  • September 1st for October Award
  • December 1st for January Award

Winners will be notified within 4 weeks of the deadline for submission. The scholarship will be in the form of a tuition 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.

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 Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking Arts, Restaurant & Culinary Management or Hospitality & Hotel Management 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. To qualify, scholarships must be awarded prior to enrollment and applicants must begin their program of choice within one year of accepting the award.

Details:
• Culinary Arts Program: $10,000
• Pastry & Baking Arts Program: $10,000
• Restaurant & Culinary Management Program: $5,000
• Hospitality & Hotel Management Program: $5,000
• Starting: January 1, 2018
• Deadline: March 1, 2018

To see the complete rules and regulations, click here. All submissions should be sent electronically to kevinnurse-memorial@ice.edu.

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

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, 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 | 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 $15,000 tuition credit for the Hospitality Management Program, and
  2. Either one $37,000 tuition credit towards the Career Culinary Arts Program or $35,500 tuition credit towards the Career Pastry & Baking Arts Program

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 tuition 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 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 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)
• Culinary Arts Program: $2,500
• Hospitality & Hotel Management Program: $1,500
• Pastry & Baking Arts Program: $2,500
• Restaurant & Culinary Management Program: $1,500

Click here to download an application.

All applications must be filled out, scanned and sent to Cara Tannenbaum, Dean of Students at ctannenbaum@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.

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 waiver towards the total tuition towards 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 scholarships@womenchefs.org 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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