Students who have demonstrated academic excellence as shown by their GPA (high school, college, or both), leadership qualities, and SAT/ACT scores (if available) are eligible for a merit-based scholarship applied specifically to tuition charges. These students are identified through the admissions process and do not need to apply separately for this scholarship.
This grant is awarded to degree program students who show demonstrated need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This award is renewable if the student completes the FAFSA by the priority deadline, has a calculated financial need, and is maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. Students receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits of 50% or higher are not eligible for this grant.
This grant is awarded to degree program students with a completed FAFSA who will be residing in an on-campus residence hall. It’s renewable if the student continues to live on campus, maintains SAP requirements, and submits both the housing application and FAFSA by the appropriate deadlines. Students, including Residence Assistants, who are receiving other housing-specific awards that cover housing charges in full are not eligible for this grant.
In recognition of personal and professional achievement, this grant may be awarded to eligible students depending on the degree program and the time of enrollment. This award is renewable if the student maintains SAP requirements.
The college offers this scholarship to prospective students, including international students, who submit a letter from a CIA graduate encouraging them to apply to the CIA. This letter should be submitted with the application for admission. Only one award will be given per student for the freshman first year at the CIA. This award is not renewable for subsequent years.
The CIA Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship is awarded to students—at the time of admission and upon receipt of official transcripts with PTK designation—who transfer from a community college that has entered into an articulation agreement with the CIA. International students and students using veterans educational benefits are not eligible. This scholarship is renewable with a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
The CIA supports national and state competitions in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, or culinary management competitions.
These competitions are sponsored by:
At many of these competitions the students who place first, second, or third will receive a certificate for scholarships to attend the CIA. The amounts of these awards vary and are set each year by the college. Scholarships are renewable annually with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Students must submit the certificate to the CIA prior to enrolling and may receive only one NSO competition scholarship. If a student has won multiple competitions, we will honor the award with the highest monetary value. Winners must enroll by June of the year following their senior year of high school. All competition scholarships are for secondary level only, with the exception of the SkillsUSA first-place winner in the national postsecondary culinary arts or restaurant management competitions.
Incoming students who have a demonstrated interest in food writing and begin their studies at the CIA in the Winter or Spring enrollment seasons may apply for this one-time, nonrenewable scholarship for their first year at the CIA. To apply, students must submit a separate application, available at www.ciachef.edu or from the Admissions Department. The application must include an original essay of 500–700 words about a food memory such as the student’s first cooking experience, the first meal he or she prepared, a family holiday food tradition, or a childhood recollection of food. Use The MFK Fisher Scholarship application form.
International students enrolling in the Winter or Spring may qualify for this one-time, nonrenewable grant for their first year. Complete our online form to receive more information about CIA's grant for international students.