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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
  • Postsecondary 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

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

If you are interested in applying or learning more about the program and eligibility, please visit the US Foods Scholars Program page.

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.

National Organization Sponsored Scholarships

Scholarship Recipients

Online Scholarship Resources

National Restaurant Association Education Foundation – scholarship and grant opportunities
ASU Online - Offers a checklist for student success.
Resources for First Generation College Students.

FastWEB - Provides access to a database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and student loans.

Fiscal Tiger - Provides definitions on all things student finance related.
Chegg - Matches students with scholarships.
A guide to debt free college degrees.
A guide to online college financial aid.
A guide to college perks.
Useful Tips to Save You from Stressing Out in College.
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