The Culinary Institute of America

  • CIA Scholarships for New York Campus Programs

    Scholarships for Degree Program Students:

    Learn more about the potential benefits of spring enrollment, including special grants.

    CIA Merit-Based Scholarships
    The CIA's merit scholarship system takes a good look at YOU—your past academic performance, foodservice experience, extracurricular activities—to determine if you qualify for a CIA Merit-Based Scholarship.

    Based on your CIA application for admission you'll automatically be considered for awards ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 and after July 1, 2013 from $4,000 to $5,000.

    To make sure you qualify for the highest value merit scholarship possible, make sure you supply all relevant information as part of your application. In addition to all academic and foodservice documentation, please include a paragraph in your essay indicating any organizations to which you belong, leadership roles held in or outside of school, professional and/or volunteer experience.

    All CIA Merit Scholarships are renewable annually with a GPA of 3.0.

    The following CIA scholarships are also available:

    NEW as of July 2013
    Residential Housing Award

    Students who will be living on-campus will be evaluated through the admissions process to determine if they qualify for a $1,000 award that can be used toward on-campus housing. This award is renewable as long as the student remains in on-campus housing.

    CIA Need-based Grant
    A CIA Need-based Grant is awarded to students in a degree program who demonstrate need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This award ranges from $1,500 to $3,000 per year for those who qualify.

    CIA On-Campus Housing Grant
    This grant is awarded to students who will be living in one of our on-campus residence halls and who demonstrate financial need via the FAFSA. This award ranges from $1,000 to $2,000 per year for those who qualify.

    SAT/ACT Achievement Scholarship
    If you have earned a combined SAT score (Math + Critical Reading) of 1,000 or an ACT score of 22, you are eligible for a $1,000 SAT/ACT Achievement Scholarship. If your scores are 1,200 on the SAT (Math + Critical Reading) or 27 on the ACT, you're eligible for a $2,000 scholarship. Official scores must be submitted with the admissions application. This scholarship is not renewable.

    The CIA's Alumni Referral Scholarship
    The college offers this scholarship to prospective students who are encouraged by a CIA graduate to apply for admission. Qualifying students will receive a one-time, $1,000 scholarship for their first year in our degree programs. To be eligible for the CIA Alumni Referral Scholarship, students must include a letter of recommendation from the CIA graduate with their application for admission.

    National Student Organization (NSO) Competition Scholarships
    Students who compete and place first, second, or third in competitions sponsored by SkillsUSA, ProStart®, or Family Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) are eligible for CIA-sponsored scholarships. These scholarships are renewable annually with a GPA of 3.0.

    National Competitions:
    • SkillsUSA winners will receive a full-tuition scholarship to the CIA. Second and third place finishers will receive scholarships of $3,500–$4,000.
    • FCCLA competitors who place will receive scholarships ranging from $2,000–$4,000.
    • ProStart® competitors who place will receive scholarships of $2,000–$4,000.
    State Competitions:
    • The CIA sponsors scholarships for top place finishers in state competitions. First, second, and third place finishers in Culinary Arts and Commercial Baking in SkillsUSA state competitions will receive scholarships of $1,000–$3,000. Top-three finishers in Culinary Arts and Management in ProStart® or Culinary Arts and Baking in FCCLA state competitions will receive scholarships of $1,000–$2,000. These scholarships are renewable annually with a 3.0 GPA.

    National Student Organization (NSO) Member Scholarships  

    •  Essay Contest—NSO Members (members of SkillsUSA, ProStart®, or FCCLA) are eligible to apply for one of 45 non-renewable, $2,000 scholarships. Apply now! (PDF 101 KB) This scholarship cannot be combined with any NSO competition scholarship.
    • Officer Scholarship—Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 will be offered to officers of SkillsUSA and FCCLA. Please indicate on your Member Scholarship form that you are an officer to qualify for this additional award.
    • ProStart Achievement Merit Scholarship—Students who earn their ProStart National Certificate of Achievement automatically qualify for a merit scholarship of at least $4,000.  

    MFK Fisher Scholarship
    Incoming students who have a demonstrated interest in food writing, and begin their studies at the CIA in the Winter or Spring enrollment seasons, are eligible to apply for this $2,000 scholarship (two scholarships are awarded for each season). To apply, you must submit a separate application. Your application will include an original essay of 500–700 words about a food memory, such as your first cooking experience, the first meal you prepared, a family holiday food tradition, or a childhood recollection of food. Apply Now! (PDF 77 KB) The due dates for the scholarships are as follows:

    • Winter 2014—the scholarship form and essay are due to the Admissions Office by October 15, 2013.
    • Spring 2014—the scholarship form and essay are due to the Admissions Office by December 15, 2013.
  • Student Financial & Registration Services

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