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.

ACS Conference Scholarships

Learn more about the full and partial scholarships awarded by ACS Scholarship Selection Panel to attend the Conference. ACS Conference Scholarships are available to cheesemakers, retailers, students who have never attended an ACS Conference before, as well as local chefs.

Interested in helping to fund industry scholarships? Consider making a tax-deductible donation to the American Cheese Education Foundation!

Comté Scholarship for ACS CCPs

The Comté Cheese Association offers the Comté Scholarship for ACS Certified Cheese Professionals (ACS CCPs). This special scholarship opportunity, open to all cheese experts who have passed the ACS CCP Exam, provides the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Comté region of France to learn first-hand about the cheese’s history and production, as well as to explore the Comté region and its culture. In addition, the winner will receive a $500 cash stipend, that can be put toward ACS test taking fees and expenses.

To apply for the scholarship, ACS CCPs must submit an entry form, including a short essay portion, by Monday, December 2, 2019. This year’s essay question revolves around the cheesemonger’s opinion on the most important points to consider when buying/selling Comté cheese. Download the entry form here.

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. The winner returns to share their learnings with the cheese community — at the American Cheese Society’s Annual Conference & Competition and beyond.

Wisconsin Cheese Originals Beginning Cheesemaker Scholarship

Between 2009-2018, Wisconsin Cheese Originals awarded $21,500 in scholarships to help several Wisconsin artisans earn Wisconsin cheesemaker licenses. This includes at least one annual $2,500 and additional $500 awards to Wisconsin residents committed to pursuing cheesemaking as a career.