IUP Scholarships for Culinary Students

  • IUP offers scholarships especially for culinary students. No separate scholarship application is required. All culinary applicants who complete the Culinary Admissions Application will be automatically considered.

    $3,000 Punxsutawney Area College Trust Honors Scholarship

     Qualifications include:

    • Official SAT or ACT scores
    • Academic excellence (Minimum GPA of 3.0)
    • Employment, educational, or volunteer experiences in the food service industry

    The Punxsutawney Area College Trust Honors Scholarship recognizes well-rounded individuals who are able to meet challenges head on. Favorable consideration is given to applicants who ultimately want to pursue a BS degree in Hospitality Management or Food and Nutrition. 

    High Achievers Scholarship

    Qualifications include:

    • High level of academic achievement (Minimum GPA of 3.0)
    • Participation in school, community, or professional activities or associations

    Scholarships will be given to students who have been able to blend academics with career-minded employment and/or professional or school organization involvement. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have chosen to devote their time and effort to educationally valuable experiences gained outside of the classroom.

    $1,500 Industry Sponsored Scholarships for IUP Culinary Students

    IUP industry sponsored scholarships recognize individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the culinary industry. Qualifications include:

    • Past or current work experience in the culinary field
    • Recommendation from employer or culinary teacher

    The recipients of these scholarships will be focused on career advancement in the culinary field. Particular attention will be given to applicants who have worked in the food service industry, hold memberships in industry-related clubs or organizations, have participated in special functions and/or events (such as a culinary competition), or provided volunteer services in a food-related capacity.

    $1,500 Ocean Reef Club Scholarship for IUP Culinary Students

    Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, one of America’s most exclusive club communities, is sponsoring a $1,500 scholarship to recognize an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the culinary industry. Qualifications include:

    • Past or current work experience in the culinary field
    • Recommendation from employer or culinary teacher

    The recipient of this scholarship will be focused on career advancement in the culinary field. Particular attention will be given to applicants who have worked in the food service industry, hold memberships in industry-related clubs or organizations, have participated in special functions and/or events (such as a culinary competition), or provided volunteer services in a food-related capacity.

    $1,500 Springfield Restaurant Group Scholarship for IUP Culinary Students

    The Springfield Restaurant Group, which includes eight restaurants in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, is sponsoring a $1,500 scholarship to recognize an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the culinary industry. Qualifications include:

    • Past or current work experience in the culinary field
    • Recommendation from employer or culinary teacher

    The recipient of this scholarship will be focused on career advancement in the culinary field. Particular attention will be given to applicants who have worked in the food service industry, hold memberships in industry-related clubs or organizations, have participated in special functions and/or events (such as a culinary competition), or provided volunteer services in a food-related capacity.

    Scholarships for Culinary Competitors

    Students competing in culinary and baking categories in the organizations below are eligible for consideration to receive an IUP Culinary Competitor scholarship. Students must provide a copy of their award letter or certificate.

    PA FCCLA State and National Competition

    STAR Events Culinary Arts, first-, second-, and third-place teams, $1,500 each team member.
    STAR Events Pastry Arts Baking, first-, second-, and third-place teams, $1,500 each team member.

    PRO START State and National Competition

    Culinary Arts Competition, first-, second-, and third-place teams, $1,500 each team member.
    Management Competition, first-, second-, and third-place teams, $1,500 each team member.

    All competitors at the state and national competitions who apply for admission to culinary arts will be considered for a $1,500 Culinary Competitor award.

    SkillsUSA State and National Competition

    Competitors in Culinary Arts, first-, second-, and third-place teams, $1,500 each team member.
    Competitors in Baking and Pastry, first-, second-, and third-place teams, $1,500 each team member.

    All competitors at the state and national competitions who apply for admission to culinary arts will be considered for a $1,500 Culinary Competitor award.

    Careers through Culinary Arts Programs (C-CAP) Scholarship

    IUP Academy of Culinary Arts sponsors a scholarship awarded to a C-CAP competitor. Scholarship winner will be determined based on the results of CCAP Culinary Arts Competition. Recipients must have applied and be admitted to the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts. 

    How to Apply For Your IUP Culinary Competitor Scholarship

    Complete your application to culinary arts. Contact us at 1-800-438-6424 or by e-mail at 
    culinary-arts@iup.edu to notify us of your culinary competition award. 

    Please provide us with the following information:

    • Your name
    • Organization (FCCLA, ProStart, SkillsUSA)
    • Competition area
    • Date and location of competition
    • Did you place first, second, or third in your competition?
    • A copy of your award letter or certificate