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IUP Scholarships for Culinary Students

IUP Culinary Scholarships can help you get even more value for your education dollar! Apply today—fill out the Culinary Scholarship Application or contact us for a paper copy. Deadline for scholarship application is January 15. Students must have completed the Culinary Admissions Application to be eligible for award.

$3,000 Punxsutawney Area College Trust Honors Scholarship

 Awards of $3,000 will be given to five outstanding applicants. Qualifications include:

  • Official SAT or ACT scores
  • Academic excellence (Minimum GPA of 3.0)
  • Solid interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong desire to advance professionally in the field of culinary arts
  • Employment, educational, or volunteer experiences in the food service industry
  • Complete Scholarship Application and admission requirements by January 15.

The Punxsutawney Area College Trust Honors Scholarship recognizes the well-rounded individual who is able to meet challenges head on. Recipients are goal oriented, career minded, and focused on personal and professional success. Favorable consideration is given to applicants who ultimately want to pursue a B.S. degree in Hospitality Management or Food and Nutrition. 

$1,000 High Achievers Scholarship

Awards of $1,000 will be given to five outstanding applicants. Qualifications include:

  • High level of academic achievement and potential (Minimum GPA of 3.0)
  • Commitment to the culinary industry
  • Participation in school, community, or professional activities or associations
  • Complete Scholarship Application and admissions requirements by January 15.

Scholarships will be given to students who have been able to blend academics with career-minded employment and/or professional or school organization involvement.

Industry-Sponsored Scholarships for IUP Culinary Students

$1,500 ARAMARK Scholarship

ARAMARK, a leading provider of food and support services to colleges, universities, and preparatory schools, is sponsoring a $1,500 scholarship to recognize an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the culinary industry. Qualifications include:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Past or current work experience in the culinary field
  • Commitment to a culinary career
  • Recommendation from employer or culinary teacher
  • Complete Scholarship Application and admissions requirements by January 15.

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 Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Scholarship

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, one of only twenty-one hotels and resorts in the world to host AAA Five-Diamond lodging and dining, is sponsoring a $1,500 scholarship to recognize an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the culinary industry. Qualifications include:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Past or current work experience in the culinary field
  • Commitment to a culinary career
  • Recommendation from employer or culinary teacher
  • Complete Scholarship Application and admissions requirements by January 15.

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 Ocean Reef Club Recruiting Scholarship

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:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Past or current work experience in the culinary field
  • Commitment to a culinary career
  • Recommendation from employer or culinary teacher
  • Complete Scholarship Application and admissions requirements by January 15.

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.

How to Apply

Print out the Culinary Scholarship Application or contact us at 1-800-438-6424 or by e-mail at culinary-arts@iup.edu. Deadline for Culinary Scholarship application is January 15. Students must have completed the culinary admissions application to be eligible for award. Scholarships are awarded based on information from the scholarship application form (including essay), information from the culinary admission application, high school transcript, and recommendations (if applicable).

$1,500 Scholarships for Culinary Competitors

Students competing in culinary and baking categories in the organizations below are eligible to receive this scholarship. Students must provide a copy of their award letter or certificate. Competitor scholarships are limited to one per student. These scholarships are awarded at the time of the competion. 

PA FCCLA State 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 National Competition
Culinary Arts Competition, all competitors, $1,500 each
Management Competition, all competitors, $1,500 each

PRO START State Competition
Culinary Arts Competition, all competitors, $1,500 each
Management Competition, all competitors, $1,500 each

SkillsUSA State Competition
Competitors in Culinary Arts, $1,500 each
Competitors in Baking and Pastry, $1,500 each

$4,500 Careers through Culinary Arts Programs (C-CAP) Scholarship

IUP Academy of Culinary Arts sponsors a $4,500 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 IUP Culinary Competitor Scholarships

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?
  • Send us a copy of your award letter or certificate
  • Academy of Culinary Arts
  • 1012 Winslow Street
    Punxsutawney, PA 15767
  • Phone: 800-438-6424
  • Fax: 814-938-1158
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.