CIA Service Scholarship Program at the San Antonio Campus

Selected recipients will have the opportunity to be awarded a “Service Scholarship” each semester of their associate degree program and the “Sixth Term” for community service hours completed, in the amount of $50 per hour, at a Qualifying Organization. Service Scholarships awarded for hours completed in a semester will be applied by CIA to your student account in a subsequent semester solely to cover tuition and fees.

The Service Scholarship awarded each semester will be limited to the lesser of $4,000 or the amount of tuition and fees outstanding on your student account after all traditional financial aid has been applied.

Conditions for Eligibility for Receipt of a Service Scholarship

To be eligible for the CIA Service Scholarship Program, you must:

  1. Be enrolled in a qualifying associate degree program at the CIA’s San Antonio campus;
  2. Have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and all required verification documents;
  3. Have an Expected Family Contribution of 25,000 or less as determined by the FAFSA application;
  4. Completed the El Sueño application, which can be found on the CIA’s website;
  5. Be eligible for Federal Student Aid including loans, unless the reason you are not eligible for loans is due to you reaching your maximum borrowing limit;
  6. Completed the general application and the CIA Service Scholarship Program application on the CIA $hef Scholarship website; and
  7. Maintain a grade point average of 2.5 (for semesters subsequent to the first semester enrolled in a qualifying associate degree program).
  8. Candidates must also be able to pass a background check as this scholarship requires working with children.

If you have any questions regarding this scholarship program, please contact Rebecca Evans, Student Financial Planner, at

Varies; up to $4,000
Supplemental Questions
  1. The CIA Service Scholarship Program Questions
    • Do you currently hold a ServSafe Managers Food Handlers Certificate?
    • Have you been a resident of the Greater San Antonio Area for more than one year? The Greater San Antonio Area is defined as the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget.
    • In 500 words or less tell us why you specifically should be considered for the CIA Service Scholarship Program.
    • Please write a short statement about any previous experience you have working in a kitchen or bakeshop.