IUP Scholarships for Culinary Students

  • IUP offers scholarships especially for culinary and baking students. No separate scholarship application is required. All 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. 

    $3,000 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.

    Linda Drummond Deabenderfer Scholarship 

    Eligible candidates for this scholarship shall be selected from students who best meet the following criteria:

    • Must be enrolled in the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts;
    • Must be in good academic standing;
    • Preference to residents of the following Pennsylvania counties: Armstrong, Indiana, or Jefferson;
    • Preference for students with financial need as defined by the university.

    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
    STAR Events Pastry Arts Baking, first-, second-, and third-place teams
    $1,500 will be awarded to each team member who is admitted to and enrolls in Culinary Arts at IUP.

    PRO START State and National Competition

    Culinary Arts Competition, first-, second-, and third-place teams
    Management Competition, first-, second-, and third-place teams
    $1,500 will be awarded to each team member who is admitted to and enrolls in Culinary Arts at IUP.

    SkillsUSA State and National Competition

    Competitors in Culinary Arts, first-, second-, and third-place teams
    Competitors in Baking and Pastry, first-, second-, and third-place teams
    $1,500 will be awarded to each team member who is admitted to and enrolls in Culinary Arts at IUP.

    How to Apply for the IUP Scholarship for Culinary Competitors

    Complete your application to culinary arts. Contact us 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

    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.

    Tony and Emma Ricupero Memorial Rustic Lodge Scholarship  

    Established by members of the Ricupero and Lubold families to honor their parents and grandparents, this scholarship is awarded to outstanding and talented students enrolled in the Academy of Culinary Arts.

    Academy of Culinary Arts students are eligible to apply for this scholarship in the spring semester of their first year. Information and application materials are available through the Department of Culinary Arts faculty office.