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Scholarship Opportunities

2014 Scholarship Applications Now Available - Due February 21!

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Donations fund over fifteen higher education and continuing education scholarships each year, which are awarded to deserving students and professionals at the RCA Annual Conference. 

Applying for Scholarships

Valuing the importance of education, the Research Chefs Foundation strives to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to assist qualified students and professionals pursuing higher learning and continuing education opportunities in Culinology, culinary arts, and food science.  

PepsiCo Performance with Purpose Culinology® Scholarship

This scholarship was developed in 2012 to create an opportunity for individuals to succeed in the discipline of Culinology® by providing financial assistance in the form of a $5,000 scholarship for qualified students enrolled in an agricultural science, food science, nutrition science or related graduate degree program who exhibit a demonstrated interest in sustainable, food industry business practices.  This scholarship is provided by PepsiCo Inc.  At PepsiCo, Performance with Purpose means delivering sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet. 

CuliNex CRC and CCS Scholarship

This scholarship was developed in December 2009 to create an opportunity for individuals to apply for these valuable food industry credentials by providing financial assistance in the form of up to two (2) $550 scholarships in 2010 for qualified professionals meeting the stated eligibility criteria. This scholarship is provided by Mark Crowell, CRC®, who founded CuliNex in 2005. Mark gained his certification in 2003 and served on the RCA Board from 2000-2006. 

CuliNex Organic and Natural Foods Culinology® Scholarship

This scholarship was developed in December 2009 to create an opportunity for Culinology® degree program students to succeed in the discipline of Culinology® by providing financial assistance in the form of a $4,000 scholarship for qualified individuals who exhibit a demonstrated interest in developing organic and natural foods. This scholarship is provided by Mark Crowell, CRC®, who founded CuliNex in 2005. Mark gained his certification in 2003 and served on the RCA Board from 2000-2006.

Gum Technology Corporation Hydrocolloids Culinology® Scholarship

This scholarship was developed in 2011 to create an opportunity for Culinology® degree program students to succeed in the discipline of Culinology® by providing financial assistance in the form of a $4,000 scholarship for qualified individuals who exhibit a demonstrated interest in the application of gums, starches and gum-starch blends in developing food products.  This scholarship is provided by Gum Technology Corporation which specializes in gum and hydrocolloid blends. Gum Technology’s complete range of gums, gum-starch blends, stabilizers and custom designed systems help create emulsions, suspend particulates, reduce fat, add fiber, retain moisture, provide freeze thaw stability, create gels and add unique textures in products in the food and nutraceutical industries.

Michele Block Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created by RCA and Darifair Foods in 2006 to honor the memory of the late Michele Block, a long time and very active member of RCA who served as vice president of marketing for Florida-based Darifair Foods, one of RCA's Founding Sponsors. Block was a long-time member of the RCA and sat on the Board of Directors as the Associate representative for many years. Her dedication to building the organization's successful sponsorship program, as well as helping to plan several Annual Conferences, has significantly advanced RCA's mission and contributed immeasurably to its many accomplishments. Beginning in 2007, the Research Chefs Foundation will award an annual scholarship to a deserving student with monies provided by this scholarship fund. Read more about the founding of the Michele Block Memorial Scholarship. 

Bill "Pops" Hahne Memorial Scholarship

In March 2008, the RCF proudly announced the founding of the Bill "Pops" Hahne Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund initiated by RCA to honor the many contributions of Bill Hahne to the association.  Known fondly as "Pops" among the RCA community, Hahne was a founding member of the association and served the RCA throughout the years in various leadership roles, including president, treasurer, and long-time board member.   His commitment to building the association and broadening the influence of Culinology was evident to all in the industry.  In addition, he helped to establish the Research Chefs Foundation (RCF) and served as director since its inception in 2002.  Going forward, the RCF will award an annual scholarship to a deserving student of Culinology with monies provided by the Bill "Pops" Hahne Memorial Scholarship Fund, with more details to follow. 

For more information contact Anne Marie DeSimone, Staff Associate at RCA Headquarters, (678) 303-2978 or adesimone@kellencompany.com.

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