ACS Scholarships

For more info, you can also find more info on the American Cheese Education Fund.


2022 Conference Scholarship

Thank you to Vermont Creamery for its generous donation that will fund several scholarships for this year’s event as well as an additional full scholarships through 2023. Full scholarships cover registration, travel, and lodging expenses to attend the ACS Annual Conference.

For the 2022 American Cheese Society Conference, ACEF granted multiple general scholarships as well as the Peterson Company Scholarship for BIPOC Advancement. Unlike years past, when there have been separate scholarships for cheese makers, retailers, students, chefs, this year there was just one application for anyone interested in receiving a scholarship, regardless of industry title. 

This scholarship was open to cheesemakers, retailers, chefs, students, and any other cheese professionals. Applications must include:

  1. Name, address, email address, and phone number.
  2. Resumé or a description of your last 3 jobs
  3. Three short answers to the following:
    • How will attending the conference relate to your current position?
    • How will attending the conference help your career development?
    • What is the session you are most excited to attend this year?

Applications are closed for 2022. Check back in 2023 for scholarships for the 2023 Annual Conference!


The Peterson Company Scholarship for BIPOC Advancement

The American Cheese Education Foundation (ACEF) is continuing The Peterson Company Scholarship for BIPOC Advancement.

This annual scholarship will fund an Individual membership with ACS for the year, attending that year’s ACS Conference, including registration fees, hotel, and travel, and the fee to take that year’s Certified Cheese Professional® Exam.

Applicants must identify as a Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color and have been accepted to take that year’s ACS CCP™ exam.

Receiving a scholarship to the virtual conference the previous years does not preclude you from receiving a future scholarship to an in-person conference! 


The Comté Association Conference Fund

The Comté Association Conference Fund is open to all applicants who have been accepted for the current year’s Certified Cheese Professional® (CCP) exam and seek to attend the American Cheese Society’s annual conference. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Funds will be used to cover the cost of one full conference registration per recipient.

If you have any questions, please email our program manager, Heather Tucker, at [email protected].