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US Foods Scholars Program
Application status: Closed

US Foods, Inc. has established a scholarship program to assist students pursuing a degree in the Culinary Arts, Hospitality, or related disciplines.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships 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.


Applicants to the US Foods Scholars program must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time awards are disbursed in August
  • Be a legal U.S. resident or person authorized to work in the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia
  • Plan to enroll or already enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Be pursuing a Culinary Arts degree or a related discipline, including, but not limited to, Culinary Science, Baking and Pastry Arts, Nutrition and Food Business Management, or Hospitality Management
  • Agree to participate in at least one professional development opportunity provided by US Foods

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) employees or dependent children, and US Foods or their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, representatives, consultants, contractors, legal counsel, advertising, public relations, promotional, fulfillment, and marketing agencies and members of their immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings and children, regardless of where they live) and those living in the same household are not eligible.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic performance
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation
  • A short answer question addressing your career goals*

Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate need.

SAI reserves the right to request financial aid award packages if needed.

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

*Short Answer Question

What are your career goals, and how will being a US Foods Scholar help you achieve your career goals? (500 characters)


Up to twelve (12) Awards of $10,000- 20,000 each will be granted.

Awards for recipients entering their final year of study will be a one-time award of $20,000.

Awards for all other recipients will be $10,000, renewable one time or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale), full-time enrollment, and continued study in an eligible major.

Awards may be used for education-related expenses including tuition, fees, books and supplies and room and board. Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Recipients will receive professional development and mentorship opportunities from US Foods. The expectation is that that recipients participate in at least one professional development opportunity.


All applicants will be notified in June.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of US Foods, Inc. Payment is made in two installments in early August and mid-December. Students receiving renewable awards will receive August payments only.

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

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

    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 a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation must also be submitted on your behalf by May 16, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

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