The Culinary Institute of America

  • CIA Scholarships for California Campus Programs :

    Scholarships for Degree Program Students:

    CIA Merit-Based Scholarships

    The CIA's merit scholarship system for degree program students takes a good look at YOU—your past academic performance, foodservice experience, extracurricular activities—to determine if you qualify for a CIA Merit-Based Scholarship.

    Based on your CIA application for admission you'll automatically be considered for awards ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.

    To make sure you qualify for the highest value merit scholarship possible, make sure you supply all relevant information as part of your application. In addition to all academic and foodservice documentation, please include a paragraph in your essay indicating any organizations to which you belong, leadership roles held in or outside of school, professional and/or volunteer experience.

    All CIA Merit Scholarships are renewable annually with a GPA of 3.0.

    The following CIA scholarships are also available:

    CIA Need-based Grant
    A CIA Need-based Grant is awarded to students in a degree program who demonstrate need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These award range form $2,500 to $4,000 per year for those who qualify.

    SAT/ACT Achievement Scholarship
    If you have earned a combined SAT score (Math + Critical Reading) of 1,000 or an ACT score of 22, you are eligible for a $1,000 SAT/ACT Achievement Scholarship. If your scores are 1,200 on the SAT (Math + Critical Reading) or 27 on the ACT, you're eligible for a $2,000 scholarship. Official scores must be submitted with the admissions application. This scholarship is not renewable.

    The CIA's Alumni Referral Scholarship
    The college offers this scholarship to prospective students who are encouraged to apply for admission by a CIA graduate. Qualifying students will receive a one-time, $1,000 scholarship for their first year in our degree programs. To be eligible for the CIA Alumni Referral Scholarship, students must include a letter of recommendation from the CIA graduate with their application for admission.

    National Student Organization (NSO) Competition Scholarships
    Students who compete and place first, second, or third in competitions sponsored by SkillsUSA, ProStart®, or Family Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) are eligible for CIA-sponsored scholarships. These scholarships are renewable annually with a GPA of 3.0.

    • National Competitions:
      • SkillsUSA winners will receive a full-tuition scholarship to the CIA. Second and third place finishers will receive scholarships of $3,500–$4,000.
      • FCCLA competitors who place will receive scholarships ranging from $2,000–$4,000.
      • ProStart® competitors who place will receive scholarships of $2,000–$4,000.
    • State Competitions:
      • The CIA sponsors scholarships for top place finishers in state competitions. First, second, and third place finishers in Culinary Arts and Commercial Baking in SkillsUSA state competitions will receive scholarships of $1,000–$3,000. Top-three finishers in Culinary Arts and Management in ProStart® or Culinary Arts and Baking in FCCLA state competitions will receive scholarships of $1,000–$2,000. These scholarships are renewable annually with a 3.0 GPA.

    National Student Organization (NSO) Member Scholarships

    • Essay Contest—NSO Members (members of SkillsUSA, ProStart®, or FCCLA) are eligible to apply for one of 45 non-renewable, $2,000 scholarships. Apply now! (PDF 101 KB) This scholarship cannot be combined with any NSO competition scholarship.
    • Officer Scholarship—Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 will be offered to officers of SkillsUSA and FCCLA. Please indicate on your Member Scholarship form that you are an officer to qualify for this additional award.

    Scholarships for Accelerated Culinary Arts (ACAP) Students

    CIA ACAP Merit-based Scholarship
    The CIA seeks students who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities. CIA merit-based scholarships, ranging from $3,500 to $6,500, are available for those who qualify and are awarded to students identified through the admissions process; a separate scholarship application is not necessary. Students from select hospitality baccalaureate programs who are recommended to ACAP by their program dean, director, or faculty member are eligible for this scholarship and will be automatically selected for this award based on their letter of recommendation. For a listing of eligible bachelor’s degree programs, interested students should call 707-967-2496.

    Vi Endowed Scholarship
    The Vi Endowed Scholarship is available to graduates of accredited undergraduate nutrition, dietetics, food science, or hospitality programs. All students accepted by May 1 will be considered for this scholarship based on academic records, extracurricular activities, and the personal essay provided with your application. A separate scholarship application is not necessary. Final selection will be made in consultation with Vi.

    Scholarships for Accelerated Wine & Beverage Certificate (AWBP) Students:

    CIA AWBP Merit-based Scholarship
    The CIA seeks students who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities. CIA merit-based scholarships, ranging from $3,500 to $6,500, are available for those who qualify and are awarded to students identified through the admissions process; a separate scholarship application is not necessary. Students from select hospitality baccalaureate programs who are recommended to AWBP by their program dean, director, or faculty member are eligible for this scholarship and will be automatically selected for this award based on their letter of recommendation. For a listing of eligible bachelor’s degree programs, interested students should call 707-967-2496.

    Seasonal Grants
    Grants up to $5,000 are available for select enrollment dates for those who qualify.

  • Student Financial & Registration Services

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