The El Sueño Scholarship fund awards a significant portion of program costs to qualifying students. To apply, students must:
This award is renewable for the sophomore year if the student is meeting SAP requirements and continues to demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
Incoming self-identified Hispanic/Latino students who placed in the top 10% of their high school graduation classes may qualify for this scholarship. To apply, students must:
The scholarship is renewable for the sophomore year if a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA is maintained.
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.
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.