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Culinary school scholarships and grants

See if You Qualify for a Scholarship or Grant to the Number 1 Culinary School in America*!

You could qualify for a scholarship to the number 1 culinary school* – just like more than 20,000 Le Cordon Bleu students around the country who have taken advantage of over $46 million in our scholarships and grants to help them turn to make their culinary dreams a reality since 2008 – including nearly half of our students in 2013. We still have more to give – up to $7.5 million is available nationwide in 2014. Apply for one or more of the following today, and find out if you qualify!

*Le Cordon Bleu in North America had more culinary graduates in the USA than any other national network of culinary schools, for the years 2006 to 2012. Source: IPEDS.

$7.5 million in scholarships are available in 2014! Apply today and see if you qualify.

Click on the links below to learn more about our scholarships and grants:

Le Cordon Bleu Scholarships and Grants

Alumni Referral Scholarship

Available to any Le Cordon Bleu student who submits a letter of recommendation from a Le Cordon Bleu graduate.

Requirements:

  • Complete the admissions application process.
  • Submit both the Le Cordon Bleu Alumni Referral Scholarship application and a recommendation letter from a Le Cordon Bleu graduate.
Scholarship Award: Up to $1,000 Download Application
Best of the Best Scholarship

Available to students who graduate from high school or college with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Requirements:

  • Complete the admissions application process.
  • Submit the Best of the Best Scholarship application and high school/college transcript.
Scholarship Award: Up to $1,500 Download Application
Bleu Grant

Available to students in financial need and enrolled in a specified program at one of our ground campuses.

Requirements:

  • Must be in financial need, as determined by the federally calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • Must be enrolled in one of the following programs at a ground campus:
    - Certificate/Diploma in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts
    - Certificate/Diploma in Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking
    - Associate in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts
    - Associate in Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking
  • Grant can be renewed per academic year.
Grant Award: $50 to $9,010
Careers through Culinary Arts Programs (C-CAP)

Student Member Essay Contest

Available to students associated with the National C-CAP organization.

Requirements:

  • Complete an application.
  • Write an essay.
  • Provide proof of membership in the national student organization.
  • Must enroll in a Le Cordon Bleu Certificate/Diploma or Associate program.
Scholarship Award: $2,000 Download Application
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Student Member Essay Contest

Available to students associated with the National FCCLA organization.

Requirements:

  • Complete an application.
  • Write an essay.
  • Provide proof of membership in the national student organization.
  • Must enroll in a Le Cordon Bleu Associate program.
Scholarship Award: $2,000 Download Application
Le Cordon Bleu Tuition Reimbursement/Employer Match Scholarship

Available to students who enroll at Le Cordon Bleu and receive tuition assistance from their employer. (Scholarship will match the employer assistance amount, up to $2,500.)

Requirements:

  • Student must present formal documentation from their employer and signed attestation paperwork confirming their employment and receipt of tuition assistance.
Scholarship Award: Up to $2,500 Download Application
Life Long Learning Grant

Available to graduates of all Le Cordon Bleu schools who are pursuing continued education at Le Cordon Bleu.

Requirements:

  • Certificate/Diploma Graduates must pursue one of the following:
    - Additional Certificate/Diploma ($500)
    - Associate Degree ($1,000)
  • Associate Graduates must pursue one of the following:
    - Additional Certificate/Diploma ($500)
    - Additional Associate or Le Cordon Bleu Online Bachelor’s degree ($1,000)
  • Grant will be applied against future tuition charge at Le Cordon Bleu.
Grant Award: $500 to $1,000 Download Application
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation – ProStart™ High School Completion Scholarship

ProStart™ High School Completion Scholarship

Available to high school graduates who participate in ProStart™ and meet the requirements listed below.

Requirements:

  • Successful completion of Level 1 and Level 2 of the ProStart™ high school curriculum.
Scholarship Award: $1,500 Download Application
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation – ProStart™ Collegiate Passport Scholarship

ProStart™ Collegiate Passport Scholarship

Available to high school graduates who participate in ProStart™ and meet the requirements listed below.

Requirements:

  • Successful completion of Level 1, Level 2, and 400 externship hours approved by ProStart™, which entitles them to the ProStart™ National Certificate of Achievement (COA).
  • The COA must be presented at the time of application for the scholarship.
Scholarship Award: $2,000 Download Application
Skills USA

Student Member Essay Contest

Available to students associated with the National Skills USA organization.

Requirements:

  • Complete an application.
  • Write an essay.
  • Provide proof of membership in the national student organization.
  • Must enroll in a Le Cordon Bleu Associate or Bachelor’s program.
Scholarship Award: $2,000 Download Application

Military/Military Affiliated

Le Cordon Bleu Military Grant

Available to Active Duty, Drilling National Guard and Drilling Reservist Service Members of the U.S. Military.

Requirements:

  • Must be accepted for admission.
  • Must allow for verification of their military status via a current Leave and Earnings Statement or comparable government document.
  • Must complete an application form, which can be obtained by contacting a financial aid advisor or visiting the financial aid office.
Scholarship Award: $2,000 Download Application
Le Cordon Bleu Veteran Grant

Available to Veterans of the U.S. Military.

Requirements:

  • Must be accepted for admission.
  • Must allow for verification of their veteran status via a DD-214 Member-4, or comparable government document.
  • Must complete an application form, which can be obtained by contacting a financial aid advisor or visiting the financial aid office.
Scholarship Award: $2,000 Download Application
Le Cordon Bleu Veteran Spouse Grants

Available to spouses of Veterans of the U.S. Military.

Requirements:

  • Must be accepted for admission.
  • Must allow for verification of their spouse’s veteran status via a DD-214 Member-4, or comparable government document.
  • Must complete an application form, which can be obtained by contacting a financial aid advisor or visiting the financial aid office.
Scholarship Award: $2,000 Download Application

Competition Scholarships

Careers through Culinary Arts Programs (C-CAP)

Competition Scholarships

Available to students who are the designated winners of the eight regional C-CAP competitions.

Requirements:

  • Must enroll in a Certificate/Diploma or Associate program at Le Cordon Bleu.
Scholarship amounts are determined as follows:
  • 4 Full Tuition Scholarships for Certificate/Diploma program valued at $19,500 each.
  • 4 Full Tuition Scholarships for Associate program valued at $37,000 each.
Scholarship Award: $19,500 to $37,000
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

National Competition

Available to students associated with the National FCCLA organization.

Requirements:

  • Must enroll in an Associate program at a Le Cordon Bleu campus in the U.S.
Scholarship Award: $36,200
Le Cordon Bleu Future Chef of America Competition Scholarship - Local/Regional Competitions

Available to high school seniors, as outlined in the scholarship program rules and regulations.

Scholarship amounts are determined by competition results, as follows:

  • First Place $5,000
  • Second Place $2,000
  • Third Place $1,000
  • All other local/regional competition participants $500
Requirements:
  • Write and submit a 75 word essay entitled “Why I Want to Become the Next Future Chef of America.”
  • Complete all application requirements, as outlined in the application and eligibility materials, prior to the established due dates.
Scholarship Award: $500 to $5,000 Download Application and E-mail the completed form to srush@careered.com
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation – ProStart™ - State Level Competitions

Available to ProStart™ students who compete as a team (a team typically consists of five participants).

Requirements:

Competition Scholarship recipients must enroll and begin the program of study within one calendar year of their high school graduation date or GED completion date. Failure to do so will void the scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to all five members of the winning teams, as follows:

  • First Place$5,000
  • Second Place$2,500
  • Third Place$1,000
Scholarship Award: $1,000 to $5,000
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation – ProStart™ - National Competition

Available to ProStart™ students who compete as a team of up to five participants).

Requirements:

Competition Scholarship recipients must enroll and begin the program of study within one calendar year of their high school graduation date or GED completion date. Scholarships are awarded to all five members of the winning teams, as follows:

  • First Place? First Place: Full Tuition (up to the tuition charge for an Associate degree program or equal to tuition of Certificate/Diploma program)
  • Second Place$10,000
  • Third Place$7,500
Scholarship Award: Varies
ProStart™ Collegiate Passport Scholarship

AAvailable to high school graduates who have successfully completed Level 1, Level 2 and 400 externship hours approved by ProStart™ which will entitle them to the ProStart™ National Certificate of Achievement (COA).

Requirements:

  • The COA must be presented at the time of application
Scholarship Award: $2,000 Download Application
ProStart@ High school Completion Scholarship

Available to high school graduates who have successfully completed Level 1 and Level 2 of the ProStart™ high school curriculum.

Requirements:

  • Successful completion of Level 1 and Level 2 of the ProStart™ high school curriculum
Scholarship Award: $1,500 Download Application

On average 74% of available scholarship/grant dollars were actually awarded in 2008-2013.

Grants or scholarships are awarded based on established criteria as published in the school's catalog and awarded after verification that the conditions of eligibility have been met.

Achievement Scholarship Program

For African-American High School seniors pursuing post-secondary education. Visit NationalMerit.org for more information.

AFL-CIO Department of Education

Scholarships and grants provided by various labor unions. Visit AFL-CIO.org for more information.

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation

Eligible students must be enrolled in a hospitality management program. Visit ahlef.org for more information.

C-CAP, Careers through Culinary Arts Program

High school seniors who are planning a career in the field of food service. Write for an application: 155 West 68th Street, New York, NY 10023

Canadian Hospitality Foundation

Applicants must be preparing for a career in food service. Scholarships available in many areas. Visit CHFscholarships.com for more information.

Career College Association

Imagine America Scholarship for high school seniors. Write for an application: 10 G Street NE, Suite 750, Washington D.C., 20002-4213

Charlie Trotter's Culinary Education Foundation

Must be a resident of Chicago and seeking a career in culinary arts. Visit CharlieTrotters.com for more information.

Firefighters and Police Officers Scholarships

For Firefighters and Police Officers who are now serving or have served within the past five years. Email the Office of Financial Aid for application instructions.

Hawai'i Community Foundation

Hawai'i Community Foundation is the second largest post-secondary scholarship provider in Hawai'i. Visit HawaiiCommunityFoundation.com for more information.

ICES: International Cake Exploration

Must be seeking a pastry career. Visit ices.org for more information.

IFEC: International Foodservice Editorial

Applicants must show evidence of training, skill, and interest in the culinary and communication arts. Visit ifeconline.com for more information.

IFSEA

Applicant must be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in a food service related major. Visit ifsea.com for more information.

James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation Scholarship program helps aspiring culinary students realize their dreams. Visit jamesbeard.org for more information.

National Italian American Foundation

Must be Italian American or majoring/minoring in Italian studies. Visit niaf.org for more information.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

For qualified undergraduate students enrolled in restaurant and foodservice post-secondary programs. Visit nraef.org for more information.

Santa Fe Pacific Foundation Scholarship

Guidelines are attached to application. Write for an application: PO Box 961034, Fort Worth, TX 76161-0037

Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR)

Must be a member of WCR and 18 years of age or older (21 for wine scholarships). Visit the website for more information.


Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Grants or Scholarships are awarded based on established criteria as published in the School's catalog. Le Cordon Bleu has no affiliation with the external scholarships listed and does not guarantee that scholarships applied for on these sites will be awarded. The material presented here is for informational purposes only. Admission to Le Cordon Bleu is made independently of any application for financial aid.

 

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