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Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship Program
Deadline to apply: March 21, 2022 3:00 pm CT

Goya Foods has established a scholarship program to assist incoming college freshmen majoring in Culinary Arts or Food Sciences. Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university of the student’s choice.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship Program must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be entering an accredited two-year or four-year institution as freshmen and majoring in a full-time Culinary Arts or Food Sciences* program for the 2022-23 academic year. Students enrolling in a two-year junior or community college must plan to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree and to receive the total maximum scholarship award of $20,000.
  • Be a United States citizen, a legal permanent resident, or a student granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
    • U.S. citizens must provide a copy of their birth certificate, U.S. passport, certificate of citizenship or naturalization certificate.
    • Permanent residents must provide a copy of their current permanent resident card or a current passport stamped I-551.
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) must provide a copy of their DACA approval letter.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.
  • Candidates must be obtaining their first undergraduate degree.
  • Applicants may also be children of a Goya employee, broker, or independent driver provided they meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Must be willing to complete 10 hours per month of community service; this activity to be tracked by Scholarship America.

*Including, but not limited to: Food Science, Nutritional Sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics, etc.

Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to four (4) awards will be granted.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first for a maximum scholarship award of $20,000. Renewal is contingent upon continued adherence to eligibility requirements and continuation of the program by Goya Foods.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of educational and career goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal.

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, is also considered. Financial need must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Goya Foods play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

All applicants will be notified in May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Goya Foods. Payment is made in August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  1. Current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.
  2. Proof of Citizenship or Residency:
    • U.S. citizens must provide a copy of their birth certificate, U.S. passport, certificate of citizenship or naturalization certificate.
    • Permanent residents must provide a copy of their current permanent resident card or a current passport stamped I-551.
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) must provide a copy of their DACA approval letter.
  3. Financial Documents:
    • A copy of the first two pages of your parent’s most recently filed IRS Form 1040 or their most recent W-2 forms, OR
    • Other financial documents that will verify your income, OR
    • A written explanation of your financial situation if none of the items above apply to you.

      NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload an official copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

Also, as part of your application, you will be required to include the following:

  • An essay response to the following: Please explain how Goya has enriched your family traditions.
  • An online recommendation that must be submitted on your behalf.

Your application is not considered complete unless all required materials are included.

Goya Foods, Inc. has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!