If you are pursuing a culinary education, you definitely are going to want to check into the lucrative scholarship opportunities provided by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). 20 of these scholarships are given out each year to students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance and are serious about starting a culinary career. Students seeking associate’s degrees can win up to $10,000, and students pursuing bachelor’s degrees have a shot at up to $20,000.
How do you apply for the CIA Cream of the Crop Scholarship? First, choose a campus (New York, California, or Texas) on the CIA’s website. This will take you to the applicable page with the information for your state. Download the application, fill it out, and submit it along with supporting information. Your GPA needs to be 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). You need to fill out an essay talking about your professional or volunteer experience, organizations you belong to, leadership roles you have taken, and why you want to go into the food service industry. Deadlines for applications vary based on the season you plan to enroll in the CIA. You must also make sure you also enroll in the institute by the entry deadline. Don’t forget to check out the other scholarships provided by the CIA.