Scholarship Opportunities

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 Conference. 

Scholarship applications are closed for the 2019-2020 year. Scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 year will open around Labor Day 2020.

Bill "Pops" Hahne Memorial Scholarship

billhahne.jpgBill Hahne In March 2008, the Culinology® Education Foundation proudly announced the founding of the Bill "Pops" Hahne Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund initiated by Foundation 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. In addition, he helped to establish the Culinology® Education Foundation and served as director for many years after its inception in 2002. 

Legacy Scholarship

The vision of the Culinology® Education Foundation 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 $1,000.

Michele Block Memorial Scholarship

micheleblock.jpgMichele 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. Read more about the founding of the Michele Block Memorial Scholarship. 

Tyson Foods Scholarship 

This scholarship was established in 2016 by Tyson Foods 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. Preference may be given to RCA-approved Culinology® degree program students and/or those pursuing a degree with a meat science emphasis. 

Please contact the Foundation at or 312.321.6861 with any questions.