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.

In March 2019, we welcomed seven new scholars to the program, and will name an additional 17 scholars throughout the year.

Apply for a US Foods Scholarship by August 23

Launch your career. Live your passion.

Jump-start your career with the support of chefs and experts at the forefront of the food scene!

Through US Foods Scholars, we are cultivating the next generation of great culinary talent, and that journey begins with you. If you would like to apply for the program, there are two ways to qualify:

1.    Post-Secondary Culinary Students – Students entering their first year of a culinary arts program at one of our following partner schools are invited to apply for US Foods Scholars through our online application portal by Aug. 23, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT:

  • International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
  • Austin Community College – Austin, TX
  • Johnson & Wales University – Denver, CO
  • Wake Technical College – Raleigh, NC

Click here to review the application requirements and see if you are eligible. Then, scroll to the bottom of the page to begin your application now!

2.    C-CAP Participants – Senior participants in the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) in Chicago, Arizona, or New York should NOT complete the online application. They should instead speak with their local program coordinators about how to qualify for US Foods Scholars in their region.  

2019 US Foods Summer Scholars

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Alana Daniels

Maricopa, Arizona

USFS_Daylynn Phillips
Daylynn Phillips

Chicago, Illinois

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Erik Hocker-Parham

New Rochelle, New York

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Jessica Manuel

Chicago, Illinois

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Keianna Green

New Rochelle, New York

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Mikiara Crawford

Joliet, Illinois

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Reagan Harvey

Flagstaff, Arizona

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Samantha Coronado

Tucson, Arizona

USFS_Tianna Rivera
Tianna Rivera

New Rochelle, New York

2019 US Foods Spring Scholars

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Amber Fuqua

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Angel’o Hill

Atlanta, Georgia

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Destinee Chatman

Atlanta, Georgia

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Liliana Flores

Denver, Colorado

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Lillie Hood

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Molly Leibbrandt

Denver, Colorado

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Stevani Flahaut

Austin, Texas


2018 US Foods Scholars

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Bran'de Gilbert

Chicago, Illinois

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Diana Diaz

Phoenix, Arizona

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Elliott Moore

Joliet, Illinois

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Gabrielle Siegfried

Chicago, Illinois

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Jackson Gilmore

Phoenix, Arizona

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Joseph Garza

Phoenix, Arizona