The Culinary Institute of America

  • CIA Scholarships for Texas Campus Programs

    Scholarships for Degree Program Students:

    El Sueño Scholarship—Check Out this Generous Source of Aid
    The El Sueño Scholarship aids select students who wish to attend the CIA San Antonio degree programs. This unprecedented fund awards a generous portion of program tuition for students who qualify. The El Sueño Scholarship is in addition to any federal student aid or other scholarships for which students can apply.

    To qualify for the El Sueño Scholarship, prospective students must:

    The Sodexo Scholarship
    The Sodexo Scholarship provides support to Latino students enrolled in the AAS in culinary arts degree program at the CIA San Antonio. To be eligible, incoming or current students must demonstrate financial need, complete the application, and maintain good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Preference will be given to students doing their externships at Sodexo.

    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.

    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.

    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 Scholarship
    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.

    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 $1,000 to $4,000 per year for those who qualify.

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