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

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 2018 ACS Conference & Competition in Pittsburgh, PA is now open! Download your application and submit it no later than March 31.

Cheese Study Group Scholarships for ACS CCPs® and ACS CCP® Exam Candidates

The Facebook “Cheese Study Group” is offering scholarships for cheese professionals in two categories in 2018:

1: ACS CCP Exam candidate(s) – expenses to take the 2018 ACS CCP Exam and attend the 2018 ACS Conference in Pittsburgh. (Up to $1900 US for each scholarship)
2. ACS CCP(s), in good standing – expenses to attend the 2018 ACS Conference in Pittsburgh. (Up to $1400 US for each scholarship)

Scholarship entries must be submitted no later than 4/15/2018 and scholarships will be announced 4/30/2018. All donations to support this scholarship should be made by 4/30/2018.

Learn more about applying for a scholarship and/or supporting this scholarship fund.

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 2018 application season is now open! Apply by May 31.


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.

Information about the 2018 application will be available online in early 2018.