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 - up to $1,500
  • Certificate programs - up to $1,500
  • Post-secondary degree programs - up to $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
  • Chef Chris Neary Scholarship
  • Chef Daniel D'Angelo Scholarship Fund
  • Linda Cullen Scholarship
  • In memory of Daniel D'Angelo CEC, AAC, MS

ACFEF Scholarship Applications

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

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Scholarship Applications for Specific Schools

Join the US Foods Scholars Program

ACF is partnering with US Foods to bring its US Foods Scholars program to the Art Institute of Atlanta, Austin Community College, Johnson & Wales Denver and Wake Technical Community College.

If you are interested in applying or learning more about the program and eligibility, please visit

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.

  • Professional Development Grant
  • Healthy Eating Grants

    The Chef & Child initiative, is offering ACF chefs and chapters grant funding to support nutrition outreach activities in their communities. Outreach activities must align with the Chef & Child mission to education children and families in understanding proper nutrition.

    Grant opportunities are available for programs and events

    National Organization Sponsored Scholarships

    The Hallie Gay Walden Bagley Scholarship

    Scholarship Recipients

    Online Scholarship Resources

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    Coping with Stress in College - A comprehensive guide about coping with stress in college from Western Governors University.
    Scholarship Resume Guide - tips and templates for writing scholarship resumes.


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