US Foods Scholars program


We proudly support programs that help underserved youth reach their culinary dreams. That’s why, in August 2017, we launched our US Foods® Scholars program.

US Foods Scholars awards financial support and professional development opportunities to students who plan to pursue an education in the culinary arts and enter the restaurant industry. We work with our partners, the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and the American Culinary Federation (ACF), to identify deserving students who have demonstrated outstanding potential and achievement in the culinary arts, and require additional resources to take the next step of their culinary journey. The program aims to inspire students to reach their full potential, and contribute a meaningful solution to the talent shortage facing the restaurant industry.

US Foods Scholars began in Chicago and Arizona, and now supports scholars in five additional markets—Atlanta, Austin, Denver, New York City and Raleigh.

Since 2017, we have welcomed 30 scholars to the program and will name additional scholars throughout 2020.


Fall 2019 US Foods Scholars

Christian Oliver

Austin, Texas

Destiny Barfield

Atlanta, Georgia

Frauntashia Perry

Atlanta, Georgia

Grace Aguilar

Austin, Texas

Hannah Smith

Raleigh, North Carolina

Jessica Burns

Denver, Colorado

Karla Jimenez

Raleigh, North Carolina

Nicolas Eberspacher

Denver, Colorado

2019 US Foods Summer Scholars

Alana Daniels

Maricopa, Arizona

Daylynn Phillips

Chicago, Illinois

Erik Hocker-Parham

New Rochelle, New York

Jessica Manuel

Chicago, Illinois

Keianna Green

New Rochelle, New York

Mikiara Crawford

Joliet, Illinois

Reagan Harvey

Flagstaff, Arizona

Samantha Coronado

Tucson, Arizona

Tianna Rivera

New Rochelle, New York

2019 US Foods Spring Scholars

Amber Fuqua

Raleigh, North Carolina

Angel’o Hill

Atlanta, Georgia

Destinee Chatman

Atlanta, Georgia

Liliana Flores

Denver, Colorado

Lillie Hood

Raleigh, North Carolina

Molly Leibbrandt

Denver, Colorado

Stevani Flahaut

Austin, Texas

2018 US Foods Scholars

Bran'de Gilbert

Chicago, Illinois

Diana Diaz

Phoenix, Arizona

Elliott Moore

Joliet, Illinois

Gabrielle Siegfried

Chicago, Illinois

Jackson Gilmore

Phoenix, Arizona

Joseph Garza

Phoenix, Arizona