Scholarships & Grants

Scholarship and grant resources available to you

$800,000 in Scholarships and Grants for 2015

Our friendly Student Finance department staff member meeting with a student

$1,000,000 in Scholarships and Grants for 2016

Mission: Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (AESCA), strives to afford multiple opportunities for students to fund their education by limiting the use of outside loan sources whenever possible.

Competitive Culinary Scholarships:

Competitive Culinary Arts Scholarships:

2017 Chef Curtis Duffy Scholarship

2017 Chef Curtis Duffy Scholarship

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts presents the 2017 Chef Curtis Duffy Scholarship Competition! Contestants will have the opportunity to compete for 14 scholarships totaling $25,000. The 2017 Chef Curtis Duffy Scholarship Scholarship Competition Details: This contest is open to anyone who is interested in attending August Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin or, Boulder (residential diploma programs or the certificate program in Escoffier Online Culinary Arts Fundamentals). Winning videos from each campus will be selected by Curtis Duffy.  Each contestant may submit only one video. The top videos from each campus will win a scholarship to study pastry or culinary arts with Escoffier.
  • Austin Campus: 1st place: $5,000 | 2nd place: $2,000 | 3rd place: $1,000 (3 will be chosen for 3rd place)
  • Boulder Campus:
    • Residential Diploma Programs in Culinary Arts or Pastry Arts: 1st place: $5,000 | 2nd place: $2,000 | 3rd place: $1,000 (3 will be chosen for 3rd place)
    • Certificate Program in Escoffier Online Culinary Arts Fundamentals: 1st place: $2,500 | 2nd place: $1,000 | 3rd place: $750 (2 will be chosen for 3rd place
Who’s Eligible:
  1. Austin Campus: Anyone enrolled in our February – November 2017 start.
  2. Boulder Campus (Residential Diploma Programs in Culinary Arts or Pastry Arts: Anyone enrolled in our February – November 2017 start.
  3. Boulder Campus (Escoffier Online Culinary Arts Fundamentals Program): Anyone enrolled in our February – April 2017 start.
How to Enter: To enter, fill out our entry form online: Step 1: Contestants must upload their video to YouTube and then fill out the entry form online. Please include a video link and upload a picture during this process. Submit here.
  • Participants must create a video of themselves sharing all of the following information with Curtis Duffy:

1. Share something unique and interesting about yourself. 2. Why should you be selected for this prestigious scholarship? 3. What person or event inspired you to attend culinary or pastry school? 4. How will you represent the Curtis Duffy Scholarship?

Step 2: Contestants must take a photo with the person, culinary/pastry creation, or thing that has inspired them to attend school.** Upload the photo onto one of their personal Facebook/Twitter/Instagram pages and tag “Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts” and hashtag #DuffyScholarship to qualify. **If your inspiration is unable to be in the picture, you may take it holding a photo of them. Step 3: By submitting a video, each contestant agrees to the competition rules and concurs to be bound by the final decisions of the judges. Please note: Deadline for entry is March 31, 2017.

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Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), ProStart® & SkillsUSA Competition Scholarship Awards

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), ProStart® & SkillsUSA Competition Scholarship Awards

Scholarship Award: Any student competing in a food related event is eligible to receive the 1st – 3rd place scholarship awards National Level Each participant receives $500.00 1st place: $7,000.00 2nd place: $5,000.00 3rd place: $3,000.00 State Level Each participant receives $500.00 1st place: $5,000.00 2nd place: $3,000.00 3rd place: $2,000.00 Regional Level Each participant receives $500.00 1st place: $3,000.00 2nd place: $2,000.00 3rd place: $1,500.00 Students must provide proof of the applicable competition award. We will reach out to the appropriate representative for confirmation. To provide proof of the applicable competition award, contact: Austin, TX campus: admissionsaustin@escoffier.edu Boulder, CO campus: admissionsboulder@escoffier.edu

Institutional Scholarship (IS)

Institutional Scholarship (IS):

An Institutional scholarship

An Institutional scholarship encompasses multiple categories and has one scholarship application award. The scholarships in this category are eligible to be awarded together, but students cannot exceed the overall scholarship maximum based on FAFSA EFC threshold. Scholarships listed in this category are as follows (for the documentation requirements for these categories, please refer to the actual scholarship applications)
  • Passion Award
  • Child/Spouse of Veteran
  • Industry Grant
  • Tribal Matching benefit
  • Single Parent Grant
  • Alumni

Student Veteran Scholarship

Student Veteran Scholarship:

The Student Veteran Scholarship may be stacked with the Institutional scholarship category, but cannot exceed the overall scholarship maximum based on FAFSA EFC threshold.

A student that is eligible for Veterans Benefits (i.e., Chapter 33, 30, etc.) is eligible for the Veterans Scholarship without completing a FAFSA.

High School Program Scholarships (HSPS)

High School Program Scholarships (HSPS):

Scholarships listed in this category are not eligible to be stacked with any other category (i.e., you cannot stack a 1st place ProStart scholarship with an institutional scholarship). Must adhere closely to the application and documentation requirements as they vary by each category. Scholarships listed in this category are as follows (for the documentation requirements for these categories, please refer to the actual scholarship applications):
  • FCCLA
  • ProStart
  • SkillsUSA
  • 2016 Escoffier High School Student Recipe Scholarship Competition

Continuing Education Scholarship

Continuing Education Scholarship:

In an exciting venture with our new online certificate program, we are now allowing all Culinary Arts graduates to take the online business courses and earn an online certificate. To qualify you must be a graduate of the Escoffier Austin or Boulder culinary program between July 2010 - July 2016. Take advantage of this great opportunity to expand your skills. We are offering 15 student scholarships within the calendar year of 2016 with a value not to exceed $3,100.

Other Scholarship Resources

Other Scholarship Resources:

Additional possible sources of grants and scholarships for your research: Les Dames d'Escoffier Legacy Award Further information is available from the Legacy Awards Co-Chairs, Dames Alison Awerbuch at 914.631.3030 Ext. 526 or aawerbuch@abigailkirsch.com, or Sue Huffman Robison at 916.514.8048 or suebhuffman@yahoo.com. International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) 455 South Forth Street Louisville, KY 40202 502.581.9786 phone 502.589.3602 fax Colorado Restaurant Association's Education Fund 430 E. 7th Ave. Denver, CO 80203 303.830.2972 phone 800.522.2973 phone 303.830.2973 fax National Restaurant Association (NRA) 1200 17th St. NW Washington, DC 20036-3907 202.331.5900 phone 202.331.2429 fax American Culinary Federation (ACF) 180 Center Place Way St. Augustine, FL 32085 800.624.9458 phone 904.825.4758 fax
American Dietetic Association (ADA) 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000 Chicago, IL 60606 800.877.1600 phone The James Beard Foundation 167 West 12th St. New York, NY 10011 212.675.2984 phone 212.645.1438 fax American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) 213-37 39th Avenue, Box 216 Bayside, NY 11361 800.274.2493 phone 718.522.0204 fax Colorado BPW Education Foundation P.O. Box 1189 Boulder, CO 80306 303.443.2573 phone 720.564.0397 fax Women's Foodservice Forum South Point Office Center 1650 West 82nd Street, Suite 650 Bloomington, MN 55431 866.368.8008 phone International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) 2609 Surfwood Drive Las Vegas, NV 89128 702.430.9217 phone 702.430.9223 fax