Scholarship Opportunities

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The Culinology® Education Foundation places great value on education.  Key to its mission is providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships to qualified students pursuing higher learning opportunities in Culinology®, culinary arts, and food science. Deserving students are awarded these scholarships each year and recognized at the RCA Annual Conference. 

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Bill "Pops" Hahne Memorial Scholarship


Bill Hahne

In March 2008, the CEF proudly announced the founding of the Bill "Pops" Hahne Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund initiated by CEF 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 Culinology® Education Foundation (CEF) (formerly the Research Chefs Foundation) and served as director for many years after its inception in 2002. Going forward, the CEF will award an annual scholarship to a deserving student of Culinology® with monies provided by the Bill "Pops" Hahne Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

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Legacy Scholarship

The vision of the CEF Legacy Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance to students in their pursuit of higher education and in their desire to contribute to the advancement of Culinology. Donations to this fund are through individual giving, events and in honoring the passing of members who through their pursuits have been an inspiration to us all.  It is the desire of the foundation to continue to grow the fund to assist as many individuals as possible in pursuing their dreams. This scholarship is worth $1000.

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Michele Block Memorial Scholarship


Michele Block

This scholarship was created by RCA and Darifair Foods in 2006 to honor the memory of Michele Block. Block was a long-time member of the RCA and Vice President of Marketing for Darifiar Foods, one of RCA's founding sponsors. During her time on the Board of Directors, Block acted as the Associate representative. Her dedication to building the organization's successful partnership 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 Culinology® Education Foundation awards 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. 

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Tyson Foods Scholarship 

This scholarship was established in 2016 to create an opportunity for individuals to succeed in the discipline of Culinology® by providing financial assistance in the form of a $1,000 scholarship for qualified students enrolled in a culinary arts or food science program at a college or higher level (students already in college are eligible). Preference may be given to RCA-approved Culinology® degree program students and/or those pursuing a degree with a meat science emphasis. This scholarship is provided by Tyson Foods – a protein-centric company committed to excellence in product innovation through the Culinology® discipline.  

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New England Research Chefs Student Scholarship

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