The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, with the support of the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships annually to students:

  • Apprenticeship program - $1,500
  • Certificate programs - $1,500
  • Post-secondary degree programs - $2,500

Thank you to our members and partners who generously donate funds. In addition to general scholarship donations, the following funds support our scholarship offerings:

  • AAC Andrew Macrina Scholarship
  • AAC Balestreri/Cutino Scholarship
  • AAC John Kacala Scholarship
  • AAC Ray & Gertrude Marshall Scholarship
  • Linda Cullen Scholarship

Special thanks to the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Foundation for their continuous support.

Scholarship deadlines are April 30 and October 31 of each year.

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Scholarship Applications for Specific Schools

Professional Development Grants

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to exemplary working culinary professionals who wish to update their skills through continuing education. Grants will be awarded based on availability of funds throughout the year. (Deadline: March 31)

National Organization Sponsored Scholarships

Women Chefs & Restaurateurs - Global scholarships for culinary and hospitality professionals.

Scholarship Recipients

Online Scholarship Resources

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For more information, please call (800) 624-9458, ext. 254, or e-mail