Cheese Industry Scholarships

    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.

    Gruyère Scholarship for ACS Certified Cheese Professionals®

    Le Gruyère AOP is offering a new scholarship opportunity for American Cheese Society’s Certified Cheese Professionals® (ACS CCPs®). Le Gruyère is a PDO (European Union Protected Denomination of Origin) cheese that has been made in Switzerland for over nine hundred years. The winner of this scholarship will have the opportunity to travel to the Gruyère region to meet Gruyère AOP producers and learn about the incredible cultural history of this wonderful heritage.

    This opportunity is open to current ACS CCPs. Applicants must complete an application linked below and include a description and pictures of their best Gruyère AOP display or promotion.

    The application period for 2017 is now closed.

    Daphne Zepos Teaching Award

    The Daphne Zepos Teaching Award (DZTA) is a $5,000 annual scholarship. The vision of the award is to grow a squad of cheese professionals who teach about the history, culture and techniques in making, aging and selling cheese. The scholarship is given to a food industry professional to further their learning—and their ability to educate others—about cheese. It’s named in honor of Daphne Zepos, one of America’s most inspiring cheese teachers. There are only two requirements for eligibility:

    1. The recipient must have worked in the food industry for at least three years.
    2. The recipient must be a member of the American Cheese Society.

    Each year, someone new goes forth to learn about cheese. The scholarship funds travel and living expenses. The winner returns to share their learnings with the cheese community — at the American Cheese Society’s Annual Conference & Competition and beyond.

    The application season for the award starts in March and ends May 31st. The winner is announced at the American Cheese Society’s Annual Conference & Competition.

    Sartori Scholar Competition

    This competitive scholarship, offered by Sartori Company and Culture Magazine, covers all expenses related to taking the ACS Certified Cheese Professional Exam. The aspiring cheese professional who receives the scholarship will have all expenses associated with taking the ACS CCP Exam paid for by Sartori, including travel to and from the ACS Annual Conference, lodging for the duration of the Conference, registration for the Conference itself, and the CCP Exam fee.

    All applicants must live in the continental United States, must have applied for the exam, and should either have been accepted by ACS to take the exam, or should have an application pending review with ACS.

    The 2016 application period is now closed. Please check back in 2017!

    Wisconsin Cheese Originals Beginning Cheesemaker Scholarship

    This $2,500 award will help one aspiring cheesemaker earn his or her Wisconsin cheesemaking license and make new artisan, farmstead or specialty cheeses.

    Wisconsin is the only state in the nation to require cheesemakers to be licensed, a lengthy process that can take as long as 18 months, requires the attendance at five cheesemaking courses, and 240 hours of apprenticeship with an existing licensed Wisconsin cheesemaker.

    The 2016 application period is now closed. Please check back in 2017!