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.

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 DZTA is now open! See past winners and download your application packet at All applications are due by May 31. 

2017 Sartori Scholar Competition

Sartori Cheese and culture magazine are sponsoring two cheesemongers taking the ACS Certified Cheese Professional® (CCP) Exam at this summer’s ACS conference in Denver! The winners will have all expenses paid, including travel to and from Denver, lodging for the duration of the Conference, a Conference registration, and the ACS CCP Exam fee (alternatively, they’ll reimburse the fee if it’s already been paid).

Learn more and apply by May 1!

California Artisan Cheese Guild Scholarship

The California Artisan Cheese Guild (CACG) is offering a scholarship for a qualified CACG member to take the 2017 ACS CCP® Exam on July 26 in Denver, CO. The scholarship will include $500 to cover the exam fee, plus an additional $500 to offset travel and conference expenses pending the recipient’s successful passage of the exam. A subcommittee composed of CACG Board members will review scholarship applications.

The application deadline for the CACG ACS CCP Exam Scholarship is April 30.

In addition to meeting the ACS eligibility criteria (visit for full details), applicant must:

  • Be a member of CACG in good standing.
  • Be accepted as a 2017 ACS CCP Exam candidate. The CACG scholarship recipient will have to offer proof of CCP Exam acceptance to collect the award.
  • Not have already benefited from a company sponsorship of the CCP Exam fee.
  • Submit an original, short explanation of the candidate’s experience and goals in the California cheese community and discuss:
    • How the CCP credential will benefit both the individual AND the California Artisan Cheese Guild in the coming years, and
    • How this education can be passed on to advance the level of industry expertise & professionalism amongst fellow Guild members
  • Following the exam, the candidates must write an essay about the experience to be shared via CACG website and newsletter.
  • Submit the above by 11:59 PST on April 30, 2017 via e-mail to: [email protected]

The CACG will offer $500 upon receipt of the scholarship to cover the cost of the exam registration. The additional $500 will be awarded once the recipient successfully passes the exam.

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!

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 June of 2018 (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. Comté Scholarship for Certified Cheese Professionals 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.

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 closed.

Cheese Study Group Funds Scholarships for ACS CCP® Exam-Takers

The Facebook Cheese Study Group has crowdfunded to support its first ACS CCP Exam® Scholarship. The scholarship will allow an ACS CCP Exam® candidate to sit for the exam in Denver this summer. Along with exam costs, this scholarship also includes a 2017 ACS membership, a 2017 ACS Conference registration, and travel and lodging in Denver. Applicants must fill out the entry form and answer a short essay question. Essays will be judged anonymously on the passion and creativity by a panel of four cheese industry judges, who will select the winners.

The application period for this scholarship is now closed.