Culinary education has become very popular today. There are hundreds of schools and universities that are offering culinary courses at all levels. There are thousands of aspirants enrolling for these courses to take up cooking as a career choice. Culinary schools not only make you an expert cook but also help you to start a business- like catering or running a restaurant, run your business better by teaching techniques like cost cutting, or anything else.
Culinary schools have several kinds of programs. Like regular schools and courses, many of these schools are offering grants and scholarships to make the courses more affordable for students. These scholarships are provided either by the school directly, or from special trusts or grants set up by some patrons. There are basically two kinds of Scholarships: tuition waiver and cash awards. Tuition waivers can be as high as 50% or 75% of the fees, amounting to even $20,000. Cash awards can range from $500 to $5,000, or even higher.
The scholarships are reviewed by a committee of professionals and academics from the school. They consider past experience and performance of the student. Some also consider the financial status of the student. The general procedure for applying for a scholarship is: submitting an application, providing proof of requirement of financial assistance, and submitting other certificates and proof of experience.
Information about culinary school scholarships is available at the colleges financial aid office, the college library or the counselors office. Other sources of information are: the US Department of Education, the state education agency, foundations, religious organizations, community organizations, local businesses, local civic groups, culinary organizations, your employer, or free scholarship search services. The internet is a very good source for finding everything about culinary school scholarships. There are many websites that provide online help as well as registration for scholarships and grants.