Applications ARE NOW OPEN

The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund will award four scholarships to the award-winning Institute of Culinary Education’s Culinary Arts program in New York City. The scholarship award includes tuition, fees and supplies, and mentorship, as well as flights to and from New York City, housing, utilities and more. 



  • Legal resident of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories

  • Between 18 and 25 years old as of January 1, 2023

  • Must be of Latin heritage or ancestry (anyone born in or with ancestors from Latin America)

  • Have one year of restaurant kitchen experience, be a graduate from a Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), the National Restaurant Association’s Pro Start Program, or be a graduate of a similar high school or community workforce development culinary arts instructional program

  • Have a high school diploma or GED

  • Cannot have been convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude



  • Complete and submit the application form, including short-answer questions.

  • Submit all post-secondary school transcripts (if applicable) and high school diploma or GED.

  • Submit a photo ID such as driver’s license or state ID for proof of residence and age.

  • Submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation completed by a foodservice employer or instructor (preferred) that you have worked with during the past year. A letter from an additional instructor or another type of employer or community leader will be accepted if you have not worked with a foodservice employer; no family members.

  • Familiarize yourself with the Institute of Culinary Education’s Culinary Arts diploma program prior to applying.