Approximately 90% of CIA students receive some form of financial assistance. Your contributions have gone a long way toward increasing the level of support we can provide, reducing our students’ overall debt, and allowing them to start their new careers on more sure financial footing. Scholarship funds come from all sources - private individuals, foundations, and businesses and corporations.

Meet some of our most deserving scholars in our diverse student body, face to face:

James Acosta - New Braunfels, TX

C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc. Scholarship
A.A.S. in Culinary Arts, 2017 

I have looked forward to this time in my life for a while now, and I am so excited to be at The Culinary Institute of America. Because of this donor’s generosity, I can go to the school of my dreams. Thank you so much for this opportunity and for making this dream of mine come true!


Hasina Grice - Newburgh, NY

AOS in Culinary Arts, 2016
Harold & Anne Miller Endowed Scholarship
Run for Your Knives Scholarship

I am forever grateful for the help of this scholarship. It has been a constant struggle finding the finances that would allow me to fulfill this lifelong dream, as I am paying for this education mostly on my own. This can present a huge challenge with my current responsibilities of raising three children and maintaining a home. I appreciate every helping hand.

Adam Dolge – Germantown, MD

AOS in Culinary Arts, 2016
M.F.K. Fisher Endowed Scholarship

Above all, receiving The MFK Fisher Scholarship gives me great pride. It also gave me confidence in my writing craft and a belief that someday I can contribute to the food writing field like MFK Fisher did.





Melisa Varitimos, Norwood, MA
BPS in Baking and Pastry Arts Management, 2015
Craig Claiborne BPS Endowed Scholarship
George McKerrow Jr. Endowed Scholarship

I came to the CIA to pursue a career in the field of baking and pastry arts; a job where I can combine my love of food and my love of art into one. I could think of no better place to learn the trade than at the world’s premier culinary college.

Jennifer Kempin, Tucson, AZ

BPS in Culinary Arts Management, 2015
Jones Dairy Farm Endowed Scholarship
Taste of the CIA Scholarship
The TABASCO® Brand/McIlhenny Company Scholarship
Chuck Muer and Chef Larry Pagliara Memorial Scholarship 

"I have always dreamt of higher education, and the CIA was the one school that I knew if I had to the chance to attend, would put me on the same level as the great chefs of the past that I have looked up to since I was fifteen.”


Daniel Fehnel - Nazareth, PA

BPS in Baking & Pastry Arts 2015
Friends of John Hagey Scholarship
La Brea Bakery, Inc. Scholarship

The support from this scholarship has inspired to be more creative when I work with breads and pastries. My family owns a farm. As a child when my parents were busy, I would go visit my grandmother who lives only a short walk up a hill and we would bake something together almost every day. I explored culinary arts in high school. I worked for a bakery for some time as well as a caterer.

Emmanuel Oh, Twinsburg, OH
AOS in Baking and Pastry Arts, 2015
Andersen Company, Ltd. Endowed Scholarship

Before attending The Culinary Institute of America, I earned my bachelor's in Chemistry at The Ohio State University. My original goal was to work in a pharmaceutical company, synthesizing drugs, and trying to come up with new ways to help people.