Food-related careers have tremendous earning potential, but 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. You 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 the love food in future generations as a teacher.
You’ll be glad to know there are several very generous food scholarships. 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 students 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. Winners of each of the scholarships are awarded $2,000 per semester for 4 consecutive semesters, provided that they retain their full-time student status and earn a minimum 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, preference is given to students keen on pursuing the technological aspect of the grocery industry
- FMS Solutions Holdings, LLC Legacy Scholarship: 1 award, preference is given state or local law enforcement officers’ children
The National Potato Council awards one $10,000 academic scholarship every year. Only graduate level students who are conducting research that is beneficial to the potato industry are considered for this award. The winner is chosen 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 one of your references could help strengthen your application.
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 varies every year depending on the funds available.
All applications much be accompanied by original official transcripts, 3 recommendation letters written by teachers or professionals in the culinary field, and a 500-word essay on the topic provided.
The winner must submit evidence to confirm that they are enrolled in a full-time program. Upon confirmation of enrollment, a check for the award amount will be issued directly to the educational. Funds may be used for tuition, books, fees, room, and board.
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. Winners are selected based on 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 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.
The Hungry To Lead scholarship aims to nurture future leaders in the hospitality and food service industries. Two scholarships of $2,500 and $1,000 each are awarded annually to two winners.
Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in the hospitality, food service or other directly related field. Winners are chosen based on academic excellence, ACT/SAT scores, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated leadership skills.
To apply for this scholarship you must have a minimum 2.5 GPA cumulative, and a minimum 1300 SAT score, or 18 ACT score. You must also be enrolled in or planning to enroll in a full-time program in food service, hospitality or culinary arts at any accredited school in the United States.
The Cook Something Scholarship funded by Macheesmo awards $500 to one student enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time program in a food-related field. The scholarship payment is paid directly to the accredited college or culinary school where the winner is enrolled. The award money may be used to cover the tuition fees or any valid school-related expenses. The winner may also be requested to participate in a short interview.
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, with preference given to students with a demonstrated commitment to promoting a vegetarian lifestyle or diet as a way to 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.