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We encourage you to explore a variety of resources to pay for your culinary or pastry education, including scholarships. Scholarships may be awarded on need, experience, academic progress, goals, and other factors that may surprise you. Scholarship awards vary, but we know every little bit can help as you’re working hard to build your career.

It’s never too early to begin researching the many scholarship possibilities that exist. Across many years, LADC has cultivated strong ties to a number of charitable organizations that support learning in the culinary arts. The following are among those locally and nationally that offer significant assistance to students in the culinary field. In addition to this list, many employers and professional organizations not necessarily connected with the food industry offer scholarships regardless of the program of study. Some organizations offer scholarships to employees, retirees or to the children or family members of employees. It may be worthwhile to ask members of your family if their professional organizations offer scholarships.

The Culinary Trust Scholarship: LADC annually offers a $5,000 tuition credit scholarship to prospective, culinary arts students. This scholarship is administered by the Culinary Trust.  Scholarship selection is based on merit, culinary goals and references.

The Bill Jackson Memorial Scholarship: In partnership with Great American Restaurants, this scholarship is awarded to one student per Culinary Arts class who best embodies the late Chef Bill Jackson’s love of culinary education and mentorship. Applications are accepted during Phase 1 of the Culinary Arts Program and the winner is announced during Phase 2. All students in good academic standing may apply. The scholarship amount varies between $600 and $1,500 per winner. This scholarship is made possible through the generous support of the Great American Restaurants group.

Other scholarship resources include:

Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR), which offers an array of scholarships and professional internships (domestic and international) on an annual basis. The application process opens each year in January with a deadline in late March or early April. The culinary school scholarships are site-specific to culinary schools that are WCR members.

Pro-Start: Restaurant Association of Maryland Educational Fund: ProStart educates students, parents, counselors and teachers about hospitality careers and closes the gap between the classroom and the workplace, by creating quality work and learning experiences for both students and faculty. ProStart is the two-year career-building program for high school students. Whether students are looking to enter the job market directly after graduating, or if they plan to attend college, a ProStart graduate makes a solid candidate for success. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to a qualified graduating high school senior in the state of Maryland.

The Washington, DC Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier (LDEI), an international philanthropic society of women in the food, beverage and hospitality fields, offers a scholarship each spring to women who are entering the culinary profession or who are no more than half-way through their culinary education. The Les Dames D’Escoffier Scholarship for Education is given to qualified female applicants pursuing full- or part-time culinary, beverage or hospitality coursework. The amount of each scholarship given is a minimum of $1,000 and up to $5,000. The criteria that must be met by students applying for scholarships are set forth in the application form which can be found on Les Dames website beginning January of each year.

The James Beard Foundation

Network Executive in Hospitality (NEWH) – NEWH is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Hospitality Industry. Their goal is to further the industry through education. Each spring they offer a scholarship to eligible culinary students to assist with their education. For further information check out:

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation offers culinary scholarships for high school seniors and GED graduates.

Maryland Hospitality Education Foundation offers culinary scholarships for high school seniors and GED graduates.
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Maryland Higher Education Commission offers scholarships for culinary students.

International Cake Exploration Societé for students seeking a pastry career.

And many others!