US Foods Scholars program

We proudly support programs that help underserved youth reach their culinary dreams. That’s why, in August 2017, we launched our US Foods® Scholars program.

US Foods Scholars awards financial support and professional development opportunities to students who plan to pursue an education in the culinary arts and enter the restaurant industry. We work with our partners, the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and the American Culinary Federation (ACF), to identify deserving students who have demonstrated outstanding potential and achievement in the culinary arts, and require additional resources to take the next step of their culinary journey. The program aims to inspire students to reach their full potential, and contribute a meaningful solution to the talent shortage facing the restaurant industry.

US Foods Scholars began in Chicago and Arizona, and has since expanded to seven additional markets – Atlanta, Austin, Daytona Beach, Birmingham, New York City, Portland, and Raleigh.


Launch your career. Live your passion.

Jump-start your career with the support of chefs and experts at the forefront of the culinary and hospitality scene!  

Through US Foods Scholars, we are cultivating the next generation of great culinary talent – and that journey begins with you. If you would like to apply for the program, there are two ways to qualify:  

1. Postsecondary Culinary or Hospitality Students – Eligible students pursuing or planning to pursue a two-year associate degree in the culinary arts or a related discipline, including, but not limited to, culinary science, baking and pastry arts, and food business management or a four-year bachelor’s degree in hospitality management at one of our following partner schools are invited to apply for US Foods Scholars through our online application portal by Wednesday May 12, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. CT:

  • International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta – Atlanta, Ga.
  • Austin Community College – Austin, Texas
  • Linn-Benton Community College – Portland, Ore.
  • Bethune-Cookman University – Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • Lawson State Community College – Birmingham, Ala.
  • Wake Technical Community College – Raleigh, N.C.

Click here to review the eligibility and application requirements, and apply today!

2. C-CAP Participants – Senior participants in the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) in Chicago, Arizona, or New York should NOT complete the online application. They should instead speak with their local program coordinators about how to qualify for the US Foods Scholars program in their region.




Fall 2019 US Foods Scholars

Summer 2019 US Foods Scholars

2019 Spring US Foods Scholars

2018 US Foods Scholars