Planning on attending culinary school but need additional funding to achieve your goal? Culinary school grants are available through several sources for students looking to attend schools to break into the restaurant, hotel and tourism industry. These grants are available through government, trade and non-profit organizations and are designed to assist students planning to study the culinary arts.
Federal Student Grants
The same programs that come to mind when planning to pursue any college or university degree are also available to students preparing to attend culinary school. The U.S. Department of Education offers major grant and student loan programs such as the Pell Grant that can be used to pay for a culinary education. You should start your search for these government grants at the financial aid office of the school you plan to attend, as some of these grants have limited availability and deadlines for application vary from school to school. These grants can provide you with $4,000 to $5,645 per year to fund your culinary education.
National Restaurant Associations
Restaurant associations are a great place to look for culinary school grants. The National Restaurant Association Education Fund offers both grants and scholarships to fund your culinary education. You can expect to receive around $2,500 to put towards your school expenses if you are selected. 31 affiliated state restaurant associations also offer a matching funds program in partnership with the NRAEF, where you can receive even more money. To see if your particular state’s restaurant association provides matching funding, check this State Restaurant Association listing.
Chefs 4 Students
This non-profit organization was founded by chefs dedicated to making an investment in the future of their own industry. Chefs 4 Students offers grants to culinary students enrolled and in good standing at accredited schools in the United States and abroad. Grants are awarded twice yearly, with deadlines in February and August. Recipients are considered on the following criteria: culinary work experience, strength of academic record, character references and demonstration of financial need.
The Culinary Trust
The Culinary Trust is a private foundation that supports education and research across many culinary fields of study. It was originally founded by Julia Child, providing over 500 individual grants and scholarships in excess of $1.5 million since 1984. It offers independent study grants, scholarships and professional development internships to students that are just entering school as well as to professionals already employed in the culinary arts.
James Beard Foundation
Anyone familiar with the culinary field whatsoever should recognize the name of the late James Beard. The foundation that bares his name offers scholarships and grants to students and working chefs. The foundation has awarded $4.2 million in student aid since 1991. Grants are available for up to $10,000 that allow for work, study and travel programs that expose professional chefs to food production and culinary art education outside the classroom environment. The foundation also awards in the neighborhood of 125 scholarships to culinary school students, each and every year.