Who You Have Helped

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:

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 โ€“ 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 given from this scholarship has inspired to be more creative when I work with breads, as well as pastries.
My family owns a farm. As a child when my parents were busy and I needed to go somewhere, 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.

Bukola Ikuomola, Upper Marlboro, MD
BPS Baking and Pastry Arts Management, 2014
Jerry Berns Endowment for Diversity Scholarship

I came to the CIA as an aspiring pastry chef. I knew that the CIA was the best choice for me because it is widely credited for offering the best hands on program. So far, I have been truly blessed to have the opportunity to establish personal relationships with talented chefs and professors who have been constant mentors to me. I have learned to believe in myself and never stop pursing my dreams. I have learned to be driven and to put my greatest efforts in all that I do. One day, it is my goal to be self-employed with an acclaimed bakery café.

Sarah Brucker, Ingram, TX
AOS in Baking & Pastry Arts, 2014
Joe Baum Endowed Scholarship
Société Culinaire Philanthropique Endowed Scholarship

I made the decision to attend the CIA when I was in my third year of high school because of my deep love and passion for baking. I was incredibly excited to move from Texas to New York and start learning everything that I could about baking. I absolutely love what I do.
Receiving these scholarships provides me tremendous peace of mind. These gifts allow me to continue my education and enable me to focus on my studies without worrying about paying for next semester.

Maribeth Coons, Tivoli, NY
AOS in Baking and Pastry Arts, 2014
J. Frances Massie Endowed Scholarship
James J. McCann Scholarship

I am extremely happy and appreciate being selected as a recipient of these scholarships.

As a Baking and Pastry Arts student I've grown to love all mediums and styles of design and baking. At the CIA, I've found a great passion in gum paste flower design. I very much wish to work with this medium in the years to come.

Kelly Gilchrist, Poughkeepsie, NY
AOS in Baking and Pastry Arts, 2014
Dyson Foundation Scholarship

LaGrange, NY native and Arlington High School graduate Kelly Gilchrist has wanted to pursue a culinary degree since childhood. “I first became interested in baking when I was a little girl. Even though baking was my passion, I decided on engineering in high school. I was wrongly convinced that baking wasn’t a “real” career choice. I found myself not liking the classes as much as I should have. When exploring my elective options, I was drawn to the culinary arts classes. I had noticed chefs on television and realized that I could be very successful and follow my dreams.”

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.

Kirsten Thorn, Housatonic, MA
BPS in Culinary Arts Management, 2014
Brandy Brandenburger Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Brian H. Smith Memorial Scholarship
Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs/Hal J. Rosoff Scholarship
Jones Dairy Farm Endowed Scholarship
Julia Child Foundation Scholarship for Culinary Educators
Larry Levy Scholarship
Peter and Fran Bonk Honorary Scholarship

Food has always been a passion of mine, and not simply the cooking of a meal. I am drawn to a life in food due to the principles that food teaches.

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