Food-related careers have tremendous earning potential. However, it’s not just the money that has contributed to the popularity of this career field. The versatility of this field has its own appeal. Food lovers can choose to pursue a food-related career in just about any type of eatery, from a standalone specialty restaurant to a fine-dining restaurant in a five-star hotel.
Food-related careers are not just related to restaurants, however. You can find plenty of employment opportunities in the food science, dairy, meat, seafood, and agriculture industries, the hospitality industry, and of course nurturing future food lovers as a teacher.
You’ll be glad to know there are several very generous scholarships for food lovers. We’ve put together a few for you to start with. Remember, you can apply to all that you qualify for, so go ahead and start shortlisting.
The Asparagus Club awards 10 scholarships every year to food lovers attending full-time programs in food management, business or any other related course of study that qualified them for employment in the independent retail grocery industry. Thus, the organization awards winners of each scholarship $2,000 per semester for 4 consecutive semesters. However, they must retain their full-time student status and have at least a 2.5 GPA.
The 10 scholarships funded by the Asparagus Club include:
- Asparagus Club Scholarships: 5 awards annually
- Asparagus Club, Thomas K. Zaucha Scholarship: 1 award annually
- Peter and Jody Larkin Legacy Scholarship: 1 award
- Roger Collins Leadership Scholarship: 1 award
- Bob Richardson Legacy Scholarship: 1 award
- Charlie and Becky Bray Legacy Scholarship: 1 award
- Kimberly-Clark Corporation Legacy Scholarship: 1 award
- Women Grocers of America (WGA) Mary Macey Scholarship(s): number of awards vary
- First Data Technology Legacy Scholarship: 2 awards. Gives preference to students keen on pursuing the technological aspect of the grocery industry
- FMS Solutions Holdings, LLC Legacy Scholarship: 1 award. Gives preference to state or local law enforcement officers’ children
Deadline: June 19, 2020
The National Potato Council awards one $10,000 academic scholarship every year. The organization only considers graduate-level students conducting research that is beneficial to the potato for this award. They choose the winner based on multiple criteria including grades, academic and extracurricular achievements, potato-related areas of graduate study, and leadership skills.
Along with the completed scholarship application, you will need to submit the following:
- Official transcripts of your undergrad and graduate degree programs
- A list of activities that demonstrate leadership qualities and participation in service activities
- Names and contact details of 2 references who can validate your research and other activities
- A 200-word essay highlighting how your goals qualify you for this award
- A brief note specifying your graduate program and explaining how the U.S. potato industry will benefit from your research
While a recommendation letter is not a mandatory requirement, submitting one written by any of your references could help strengthen your application.
Deadline: TBD for 2021
Established by the Louisiana Restaurant Association, this scholarship offers financial support to Louisiana students pursuing careers in the culinary or hospitality industries. This is a one-time, merit-based scholarship. The award amount also varies every year depending on the funds available.
All applications must have original official transcripts, 3 recommendation letters written by teachers or professionals in the culinary field, and as well as a 500-word essay on the topic provided.
The winner must also submit evidence of their full-time enrollment. Upon confirming their enrollment, the scholarship issues a check for the award amount directly to the school. Students may use the funds for tuition, books, fees, room, and board.
Deadline: May 22, 2020
Dairy Management Inc. Scholarship Program, funded by the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, awards up to 11 scholarships every year to eligible undergrad students.
To apply for this $2,500 scholarship you must be enrolled in a full-time program related to dairy, nutrition, food science, and related fields. The organization then selects winners based on their commitment to a career in a dairy-related field, academic performance, demonstrated initiative and leadership skills, and participation in dairy-related extracurricular activities.
Your application must also be accompanied by an official transcript of all college courses, evidence of dairy-related activities, work experience, and a short essay highlighting your career goals.
Deadline: April 3, 2020
Do you love candy? Want to work with it? Well, you’re in luck! The American Association of Candy Technologists (AACT) offers the John Kitt Memorial Scholarship to college students who want to go into confectionary technology. This sweet scholarship awards a student $5,000. Interested students must currently major in food, chemical, or biological science, or in a related field. Additionally, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and show their interest in confectionary technology!
Deadline: September 4, 2020
The FMI Foundation sponsors the Food Safety Auditing Scholarship. Every year, the FMI Foundation awards students dedicated to food safety and want to pursue a career in it. Undergraduate and graduate students with at least a 3.2 GPA may apply for this scholarship. Additionally, winners must attend the SQF International Conference and accept an internship, if available.
Amount: $10,000; $5000
Deadline: February 21, 2021
The Vegetarian Resource Group awards $20,000 every year to high school students who have spent a significant amount of time actively promoting vegetarianism in their communities or schools. Winners are selected based on extracurricular activities related to vegetarianism. However, preference is given to students with a demonstrated commitment to promoting a vegetarian lifestyle or diet as a way of achieving a more peaceful world.
Your essay must highlight your strengths, accomplishments, challenges, and future aspirations, how you have promoted vegetarianism till now, and how you intend to promote it in the future. You will also have to mention why you are vegetarian and why it is important to you.
Submitting any type of documentation such as a newspaper article, an article in your school newsletter or photographs related to your efforts at promoting vegetarianism will strengthen your application for this scholarship.