Our Opportunities

Welcome to $hef!

Welcome to the scholarship website for enrolled and incoming students at The Culinary Institute of America.
Most scholarships require students to have a FAFSA for the current academic year. You can file the FAFSA here.

When Scholarships are Posted:

We post 50-70 scholarship opportunities each semester. Scholarships are posted weekly, with some opportunities offering multiple awards.
Scholarships for the following semesters will be posted starting on the corresponding dates:

  • Summer 2024: December 18, 2023 – January 28, 2024
  • Fall 2024: April 22, 2024 – June 3, 2024
  • Spring 2025: August 12, 2024 – TBD

How to Apply for Scholarships:

  • To apply for any $hef scholarship, complete your incoming student deposit.
  • Your deposit will automatically create a general application, allowing you to sign in and apply for scholarships the following day.
  • Upon signing in, you will be brought to the “Reccomended Opportunities” page which lists scholarships you likely qualify for.
  • To apply, click the scholarship’s name and review the description. Then, click the orange “Apply” button at the bottom.

Checking Your Scholarship Application Status:
View your application status anytime by visiting the My Applications page after logging in.

  • Submitted = Applications are still being reviewed.
  • Offered = You have been selected for the scholarship.
  • Not Selected = You were not selected for the scholarship.

You will only receive an email if you are selected for a scholarship.
Most scholarships will be awarded within 3-4 weeks of the scholarship’s deadline, but some may take longer.

External Scholarships:
Additional scholarships from outside organizations are posted on the External Scholarships page throughout the year.
To acess the external scholarships, hover or click on the “Opportunities” tab and click “External”. These scholarships are not managed or funded by the CIA.

Helpful Resources:

Scholarship Essay Checklist
Recipe Scholarship Tips
File the FAFSA.
Earn and Learn

For questions about the Earn and Learn program: studentworkprograms@culinary.edu
For all other scholarship-related questions: $hef@culinary.edu

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
Varies Anthony Bourdain '78 Legacy Scholarship
Students who meet the following criteria may apply for this...
Varies; up to $2,625 per semester Earn and Learn: The CIA's Tuition Offset Scholarship
Earn and Learn: The CIA Tuition Offset Program – SUMMER 2024: APRIL...
Varies; up to $4,000 CIA Service Scholarship Program at the San Antonio Campus
Selected recipients will have the opportunity to be awarded a “Service...