• CIA Scholarships for TX Campus Programs

    Scholarships for CIA Degree Programs

    El Sueño Scholarship

    The El Sueño Scholarshipfund awards a significant portion of program costs to qualifying students. To apply, students must:

    • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Have a completed CIA San Antonio application for admission on file.
    • Complete the El Sueño Scholarship application (available online or from the Admissions Office in New York or Texas).
    • Submit a 400- to 500-word essay describing how the El Sueño Scholarship will assist in making their dream of pursuing a culinary arts or baking and pastry arts degree a reality.

    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.

    Sodexo Admissions Scholarship

    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:

    • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Complete the Sodexo Scholarship application (available online or from the Admissions Office in New York or Texas).
    • Submit a 400- to 500-word essay on the topic described on the application.

    The scholarship is renewable for the sophomore year if a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA is maintained.

    CIA Need-based Grant

    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.

    CIA Alumni Referral Scholarship

    To be eligible for this one-time nonrenewable award, prospective students—including international students—should submit a letter from a CIA graduate encouraging them to apply to the CIA at the same time they submit their application for admission.

    CIA Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

    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.

    National Student Organization (NSO) Scholarship—National and State Level Competitions

    Students who compete and place first, second, or third in select national or state culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, or culinary management competitions will receive scholarships to attend the CIA. These awards apply only to competitions sponsored by:

    • SkillsUSA
    • Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
    • ProStart
    • NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO)
    • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI)

    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 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.

  • Student Financial & Registration Services

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