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


US Foods Scholars Program
Application status: Closed

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, US Foods has made the difficult decision to postpone its Spring scholarship cycle until further notice.

US Foods looks forward to resuming the program in the future and providing full and enriching support and development to all incoming scholars. We will work closely with US Foods and keep you informed of plans for the next scholarship cycle as soon as details become available.

In the meantime, we encourage you to stay in touch with us and check back for more updates at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jenece Upton at

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. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

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

  • 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, and Restaurant and Hospitality Management
  • Be a legal U.S. resident or person authorized to work in the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia
  • Be 35 years old or younger at the time of the application deadline
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • 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
    • Johnson & Wales University – Denver, CO
    • Wake Technical College – Raleigh, NC
    • Oregon Culinary Institute – Portland, OR

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.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $10,000 award. Up to ten (10) awards will be granted annually; two (2) awards will be granted at each of the five partner schools.

All recipients are eligible to receive a total of $20,000.

Students planning to enroll in a culinary program for the first time (entering their first year of the program in 2020-2021) are eligible to receive a renewable award (4 disbursements of $5,000 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) and full-time enrollment in an eligible program at one of the partner schools.

Students already enrolled in a culinary program (completing their second/final year of the program in 2020-2021) are eligible to receive a non-renewable award (2 disbursements of $10,000 each).

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

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Finalists and Recipients
Scholarship finalists will be selected by Scholarship America on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, an online recommendation, and a 2,000 character essay.

A scholarship selection committee from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) will select recipients from the pool of finalists. 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. Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

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 mid-June.

Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of US Foods, Inc. Payments are made in equal installments in August and December.

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

  1. A 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. 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.

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!