Scholarships

    The 2015 ACS Conference Scholarship Application Period is CLOSED!  Scholarships for the 2016 ACS Conference will be open in December.

    Each year, the American Cheese Society, in conjunction with the American Cheese Education Foundation and the John Crompton Memorial Scholarship Fund, awards full and partial scholarships to cheesemakers, retailers, students, and local chefs to attend the Annual ACS Conference and Competition.

    Full scholarship recipients receive four nights’ hotel accommodation in the conference host city, up to $600 toward travel expenses (reimbursed upon submission of a post-conference essay), and a complimentary conference registration.  Partial Scholarship Recipients receive a complimentary conference registration.

    Cheesemaker ScholarshipCheesemaker Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Have never attended an ACS conference

    Student Scholarship: Student Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Be a currently enrolled student
    • Hold a current ACS membership
    • Have never attended an ACS conference

    Chef Scholarship: Chef Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Be located in the conference host city or surrounding area
    • Have never attended an ACS Conference

    John Crompton Memorial Scholarship: John Crompton Memorial Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Must be a current member of the specialty food retail trade, exhibiting enthusiasm and dedication to the cheese industry
    • Desire to further their education in the field

    If you would like to contribute to the ACS scholarship fund, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the nonprofit American Cheese Education Foundation.

    Essays from Past Scholarship Recipients

    Click on each scholarship recipient’s name below for a downloadable PDF of their post-conference essay, and get inspired by their experiences!

    2014 Recipients:

    2013 Recipients: