There are a number of industry scholarships available for members of the American Cheese Society community, offering enhanced educational opportunities in the United States and beyond. If you are a cheese professional looking for a great scholarship opportunity, we encourage you to check these out!
We hope this list is comprehensive. However, if you offer a scholarship for cheese professionals in the ACS community that is not included below, please contact us with details.
American Cheese Society Conference Scholarships for Cheesemakers, Retailers, Students, and Chefs
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.
The scholarship application period for the 2017 ACS Conference & Competition in Denver, CO is now open! Download your application form and submit it no later than March 31, 2017.
Comté Scholarship for Certified Cheese Professionals®
The Comté Cheese Association (CIGC) is thrilled to offer an exciting scholarship opportunity for the American Cheese Society’s Certified Cheese Professionals® (ACS CCPs®). Comté is a PDO (European Union Protected Denomination of Origin) cheese that has been made in the Jura mountain region of France for over a thousand years. The winner of this scholarship will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Comté region to learn first-hand about the cheese’s unique history and production, as well as to discover the know-how and culture of the region. The trip will take place in the spring of 2017 (dates TBC). Past scholarship winners include Devin Lamma (Whole Foods), Lisa Futterman (Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine), Amanda Parker (Murray’s Cheese) and Leslie Uhl (Di Bruno Brothers).
To apply, ACS CCPs must fill out the entry form and answer a short essay question. The essays are judged anonymously on the basis of knowledge and creativity by a panel of three judges, who select the winner.
The application period is now closed; please check back for information about the next (2018) scholarship in the summer of 2017.