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  • CIA Scholarships

    Scholarships to Help Pay For Your CIA Education

    We offer CIA scholarships through our New York, California, and Texas campuses for qualified culinary arts students.

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  • CIA Merit Scholarship (NY and CA)

    • Available if you’ve demonstrated academic excellence as shown by your GPA (high school, college, or both), leadership qualities, and SAT/ACT scores.
    • This merit-based scholarship is applied specifically to tuition charges.
    • Our admissions team will identify you automatically during the application process; you do not need to apply separately for this scholarship.
    • Award is renewable with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

    CIA Need-Based Grant (NY, CA, and TX—degree only)

    CIA Alumni Referral Scholarship (NY, CA, and TX—degree only)

    • Awarded if you’re a prospective student (domestic or international) and submit a letter from a CIA graduate who encourages you to enroll.
    • Include a copy of the letter with your application for admission.
    • Available only for the freshman year.

    CIA Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship (NY, CA, and TX—degree only)

    • Apply if your official transcripts have a designation from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society and you’re transferring from a school that has an articulation agreement with the CIA.
    • Renewable with a 3.25 cumulative GPA.

    National Student Organization (NSO) Scholarship—National and State Level Competitions (NY, CA, and TX—degree only)

    • Receive a scholarship certificate to attend the CIA if you place in the top three at one of the CIA-supported competitions in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, or culinary management.
    • Renewable if you maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, with the exception of the NAACP competition, for which you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better.
    • Competition sponsors include:
      • SkillsUSA
      • Family Career and Community Leaders of America
      • ProStart
      • NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics
      • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
    • Available to high school students only, with the exception of the SkillsUSA first-place winner in the national post-secondary culinary arts or restaurant management competitions.

    CIA On-Campus Housing Grant

    • Awarded if you’re enrolled in a degree program and residing in an on-campus CIA residence hall.
    • Renewable as long as you continue to live on campus, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements, and submit housing and FAFSA applications by the appropriate deadlines.
    • If you’re receiving other housing-specific awards that cover housing charges in full (or if you are an RA), you may not be eligible for this grant.

    MFK Fisher Scholarship (associate degree programs)

    • A one-time, non-renewable scholarship available if you’ve demonstrated an interest in food writing and begin your studies in the winter or spring enrollment seasons.
    • Application must include a 500- to 700-word original essay 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.
    • Be sure to use The MFK Fisher Scholarship application form.
    • Application deadline for spring 2018 is December 15, 2017.

    Global Scholars Award

    • A one-time, non-renewable grant available if you’re an international student enrolling in the winter or spring.
    • Applicable for freshman year only.
    • Complete this online form to learn more.

    The CIA Recognition Award

    • Awarded in recognition of personal and professional achievement.
    • Award is dependent on your degree program and time of enrollment.
    • Renewable if you maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

    CIA Accelerated Culinary Arts (ACAP) Merit-Based Scholarship

    • Merit-based scholarship applied to tuition charges if you’ve demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities.
    • Our admissions team will identify you automatically during the application process; you do not need to apply separately for this scholarship.
    • If you’re enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and recommended to ACAP by your program dean, director, or faculty member (and you are eligible for this scholarship), you will be automatically selected for this award based on their letter of recommendation.
    • For a listing of eligible bachelor’s degree programs, call 707-967-2496.
    • Gainful Employment Disclosures.

    Vi Endowed Scholarship

    • Eligible if you have graduated from an accredited undergraduate nutrition, dietetics, food science, or hospitality program.
    • Awarded based on academic records, extracurricular activities, and personal essay provided with your application for admission.
    • Must be accepted to the CIA by May 1.
    • Final decision will be made in consultation with Vi.

    CIA Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate (WBCG) Merit-Based Scholarship

    • Merit-based scholarship applied to tuition charges if you’ve demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities.
    • Our admissions team will identify you automatically during the application process; you do not need to apply separately for this scholarship.
    • If you’re enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and recommended to WBCG by your program dean, director, or faculty member (and you are eligible for this scholarship), you will be automatically selected for this award based on their letter of recommendation.
    • Gainful Employment Disclosures.

    El Sueño Scholarship

    • Covers a significant portion of program costs.
    • Must have a completed CIA San Antonio application for admission on file and submit the El Sueño Scholarship application.
    • Submit a 400- to 500-word essay describing how the El Sueño Scholarship will assist you in fulfilling your dream of pursuing a culinary arts or baking and pastry arts degree.
    • Renewable for the sophomore year if you maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and continue to demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

    Sodexo Admissions Scholarship

    • Awarded if you’re an incoming self-identified Hispanic/Latino student who placed in the top 10% of your high school graduation class.
    • Complete the Sodexo Scholarship application.
    • Submit a 400- to 500-word essay on the topic described on the application.
    • Renewable for the sophomore year if you maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.

    Many organizations, corporations, and individual donors generously offer scholarship assistance to CIA students. Almost $2 million in donated funds is awarded each year. New external scholarship opportunities and their criteria are listed here. Fill out the “General Application” and we’ll match you to recommended scholarships.

    In addition, a variety of sources outside the CIA offer private grants and scholarships. The Internet, public libraries, and high school guidance counselor offices are great sources for scholarship information.

    You can also try these scholarship search engines to find additional external scholarships:

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    Phone: 845-451-1500
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