The Culinary Institute of America

  • CIA Scholarships for New York Campus Programs

    Scholarships for Degree Program Students:

    CIA Merit-Based Scholarships

    The CIA's merit scholarship system 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. You'll automatically be considered for awards ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 based on your CIA application for admission. Find out what you qualify for >

    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:

    On-Campus Resident Hall Award

    Students who will be living on-campus will be evaluated through the admissions process to determine if they qualify for a $1,000–$2,000 award that can be used toward on-campus housing. This award is renewable as long as the student remains in on-campus housing.

    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). This award ranges from $1,500 to $3,600 per year for those who qualify.

    CIA On-Campus Housing Grant

    This grant is awarded to students who will be living in one of our on-campus residence halls and who demonstrate financial need via the FAFSA. This award ranges from $1,000 to $2,400 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 by a CIA graduate to apply for admission. 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.

    CIA Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

    The CIA Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship is awarded at the time of admission—and upon receipt of official transcripts with PTK designation—to students who transfer from a community college that has entered into an articulation agreement with the CIA. Inter-national students and students using veterans’ educational benefits are not eligible. This scholarship is renewable with a 3.25 GPA.

    National Student Organization (NSO) Competition Scholarships

    Students who compete and place first, second, or third in competitions sponsored by SkillsUSA, ProStart®, Family Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), or American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) are eligible for CIA-sponsored scholarships. These scholarships are renewable annually with a GPA of 3.0. NSO competition scholarships cannot be combined with additional NSO competition scholarships. The highest value scholarship earned will be awarded to the student.

    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 $3,000–$4,000.
    • ProStart® competitors who place will receive scholarships of $3,000–$4,000.
    • AHLEI competitors who place will receive scholarships of $3,000–$4,000.
    State Competitions:
    • The CIA sponsors scholarships for top place finishers in state competitions. First, second, and third place finishers in Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking, and Restaurant Service 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! 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.
    • ProStart Achievement Merit Scholarship—Students who earn their ProStart National Certificate of Achievement automatically qualify for a merit scholarship of at least $5,000.

    MFK Fisher Scholarship

    Incoming students who have a demonstrated interest in food writing, and begin their studies at the CIA in the Winter or Spring enrollment seasons, are eligible to apply for this $2,000 scholarship (two scholarships are awarded for each season). To apply, you must submit a separate application. Your application will include an original essay of 500–700 words about a food memory, such as your first cooking experience, the first meal you prepared, a family holiday food tradition, or a childhood recollection of food. Apply Now! (PDF) The due dates for the scholarships are as follows:

    • Spring 2016—the scholarship form and essay are due to the Admissions Office by December 15, 2015.
    • Winter 2016—the scholarship form and essay are due to the Admissions Office by October 15, 2015.

    ACE Quarter-Tuition Grant

    Students entering the AOS Culinary Arts program with advanced culinary experience during the winter and spring seasons may qualify for this grant. This award is for both the freshman and sophomore years as long as the student is meeting SAP requirements.

    CIA-FIRST Arts and Sciences Merit Scholarship

    The college is offering $5,000 scholarships, renewable annually, to students who compete in FIRST® Robotics Competitions and FIRST Tech Challenges. The CIA-FIRST scholarship is specifically available to qualifying students enrolled in degree programs at the college's Hyde Park, NY campus. This special scholarship was created through a partnership between the CIA and FIRST, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in education. Apply now!

  • Up to $10,000 in Merit scholarships available.
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