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The program is currently closed. Please check back in April for updated program information.

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 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 for this scholarship are granted to eligible recipients without regard to creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin.


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

  • Be a high school senior, high school graduate, or a student currently enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, full-time study at one of the following partner schools:
    • International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
    • Austin Community College – Austin, TX
    • Wake Technical Community College – Raleigh, NC
    • Linn-Benton Community College – Portland, OR
    • Bethune-Cookman University – Daytona Beach, FL
    • Lawson State Community College – Birmingham, AL
  • Be pursuing or planning to pursue a two-year, associate degree in the Culinary Arts or a related discipline, including, but not limited to, Culinary Science, Baking and Pastry Arts, Food Business Management; OR be pursuing a 4-year bachelors degree in Hospitality Management
  • Be 35 years old or younger at the time of the application deadline
  • Be a legal U.S. resident or person authorized to work in the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

The following individuals are ineligible to apply: Employees, officers, and directors of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), Scholarship America, 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 will be selected by Scholarship America on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, unusual personal or family circumstances, an online recommendation, and a 2,000 character essay addressing your career goals*.

Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate need.

Selection of 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.

*Essay Questions

What are your career goals and how will being a US Foods Scholar help you achieve your career goals? (2,000 characters)

Please describe how and when any unusual family or personal circumstances have affected your achievement in school, work experience, or your participation in school and community activities. (1,000 characters)


Up to 12 awards of up to $20,000 each will be granted annually. All recipients are eligible to receive a total of up to $20,000 based on individual need.

Associate Degree Programs: Students planning to enroll in a culinary, associate degree program for the first time (entering their first year of the program in 2022-2023) are eligible to receive a renewable award (2 disbursements of $10,000 each). Awards are renewable one year on the basis of maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).

Students already enrolled in a culinary program (completing their second/final year of the program in 2022-2023) are eligible to receive a non-renewable award (2 disbursements of $10,000 each).

Bachelor’s Degree Programs: Students entering their third year of a hospitality management bachelor’s degree program for the first time (starting their junior year of the program in 2022-2023) are eligible to receive a renewable award (2 disbursements of $10,000 each). Awards are renewable 2 years on the basis of maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)

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, Inc. Recipients are required to participate in at least one professional development opportunity. Recipients are required to attend a meet and greet event hosted by US Foods where they will be presented with an exclusive US Foods Scholars branded chef coat.

All applicants will be notified in July.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Optional: A copy of the first two pages of the most recently filed IRS Form 1040 used for the Financial Information Page.

One online recommendation must also be submitted on your behalf by June 20, 2022 3:00 pm Central Time.

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

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