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    ACFEF Scholarships

    Offered by The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation

    Reviewed by Brian GeigerLast updated Apr 10, 2023
    Multiple awards worth up to


    Grade level

    High School Seniors & College Students

    Application deadline:


    Scholarship Overview

    Are you aspiring to a career in the culinary arts? If so, you might want to check out the ACFEF Scholarships! Each cycle, the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) offers $2,500 scholarships to multiple students interested in pursuing culinary, pastry, or food service-related careers. The scholarship selection committee looks for well-rounded applicants with a passion for the culinary arts. In addition, they look for students who give back to their communities. Eligible volunteering activities include helping at community charity events, food pantries, and/or culinary clubs. Students must be involved with ACFEF for at least one full year before applying for their Scholarships. If you’re passionate about the culinary arts, we encourage you to apply!

    The scholarships are offered biannually, with deadlines on April 30 and October 31 of each year.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    High School Seniors & College Students

    Minimum GPA


    Academic Interest

    Culinary Arts

    Application information

    Scholarship deadlines are April 30 and October 31 of each year. To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline.

    200-word essays

    Academic transcript

    Two letters of recommendation

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    Scholarship FAQ

    When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

    The ACFEF Scholarships winner will be announced: Biannual.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    No, the ACFEF Scholarships is not renewable.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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