New ICC Professional Development Scholarship Announced For 2019

ICC Professional Development Scholarship
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Over Half A Million Dollars In Scholarships Available For Industry Professionals Over The Next Two Years

This year, the International Culinary Center (ICC) will celebrate 35 years of educating culinary, pastry and wine professionals for success in the industry with the launch of a new scholarship opportunity.

The ICC Professional Development Scholarship will support the educational pursuits of professionals working, or with experience, in the culinary and hospitality industry gain additional certifications to develop the necessary skills to stay ahead of the curve. Over the next two years, the school will award up to $720,000 in scholarships to industry professionals seeking to continue their education at ICC in one of four specialized programs of study:

Founded in 1984 as The French Culinary Institute, the International Culinary Center has educated generations of culinary leaders and innovators including Bobby Flay, David Chang, Christina Tosi, Dan Barber and thousands of other graduates from more than 90 countries around the world. With the creation of the ICC Professional Development Scholarship, the school will be able to provide continuing education opportunities to professionals either currently working in, or with past experience, in the industry expand the scope and depth of their skills. Over 200 scholarships will be available from now until 2020 to enroll in programs at the International Culinary Center and receive certifications in bread baking, cake decorating or wine studies—or in the case of the Culinary Entrepreneurship program, a business plan to start a food business.

ICC Professional Development Scholarship“ICC has always believed in helping industry professionals advance to the next step in their careers through continuing education,” said Leland Scruby, Vice President of Education, who spearheaded the scholarship development. “This special scholarship program will help those who have already gained some experience in the food world enhance their skills in food business, bread baking, cake design and sommelier training. Expertise in one of these areas can help distinguish professionals in their job search and make them a far more desirable candidate to an employer.”

ICC Professional Development ScholarshipWith many scholarship candidates seeking to go back to school while continuing to work, ICC’s fast-track courses are designed to deliver the maximum education in the minimum amount of time with schedule options that help to accommodate the working professional. Whether it’s the option of studying in the full-time day or part-time evening Sommelier Training programs, or in the blended in-person and online 6-week Entrepreneurship program, ICC’s programs help students acquire the skills and certifications needed to stay ahead of the curve in just weeks, rather than months.

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Incoming students with verified industry experience on their resume and a letter from their present or past employer will be eligible to apply for these partial-tuition scholarships toward the Culinary Entrepreneurship program, or professional programs in bread baking, cake design, and sommelier training. Scholarship applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and awarded upon acceptance in eligible programs.

To learn more about the ICC Professional Development Scholarship and begin your application, visit the International Culinary Center website at

About the International Culinary Center®Founded by the late Dorothy Cann Hamilton as The French Culinary InstituteTM in 1984, the International Culinary Center® (ICC®) is a global leader in professional culinary, pastry and wine education in New York City with graduates from more than 90 countries. The renowned six-month Total ImmersionSM program has produced such talents as Bobby Flay, David Chang, Dan Barber, Joshua Skenes, Christina Tosi and 15,000 more under the guidance of deans including Jacques Pépin and Jacques Torres. ICC’s mission is to train the next generation of culinary leaders and innovators, providing students with the credentials, confidence and connections to chart a successful career anywhere in the world.