Culinary and Hospitality Program Scholarship

TigerChef is offering a $2,500 scholarship

Tigerchef is excited to be giving away a scholarship to any culinary student who submits a winning essay on what inspired them to choose an educational path in the food industry!

TigerChef is a wholesale restaurant equipment supply store, servicing the restaurant and catering business for the past 10 years. Our expertise in the food industry drives our success and has aided us greatly in establishing and maintaining our fine reputation.

Whether we are working closely with new entrepreneurs looking to outfit their commercial kitchens; or current customers who want to re-stock their current kitchen inventories, we enjoy successful relationships and look to grow them with each and every sale.

We want to share our passion for success in the restaurant equipment industry with those who are passionate about their culinary skills and ambitions. Together we form a natural partnership that can benefit one another. We supply the equipment and you supply the talent and know-how.

So tell us what inspired you to choose an educational path in the food industry!

To Participate

Please submit a 500-600 word essay on what inspired you to choose an educational path in the food industry. Food industry includes baking, culinary management, hospitality management, culinary arts, etc. Please include a separate, brief bio about yourself. Graphics and visual presentations are most welcome.

Award will award $1,000 USD to two winning student scholarship entries each year. Each student will receive $1,000 USD.


We are now accepting submissions. Please send all submissions to The deadline for receiving scholarship submitted applications is biannually, twice each year, on May 15th and November 15th. Please include all relevant contact information in your email.


To participate, you must be: a legal resident of the US or Canada and a current student in an accredited US or Canadian college or university taking food-related classes. If you already received a full scholarship, you are not eligible.

You must submit proof of enrollment to participate. We accept the following proofs to be submitted with your essay:

  • Scanned copy of your transcripts (if you are the winner, you must mail an un-opened copy of official transcripts)
  • Enrollment verification form
  • Acceptance letter to college
  • Letter from admissions office confirming registration

In addition, you must submit a clear headshot 300px or larger along with your submission.

Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

Scholarship Distribution

The winner will be notified after our judges make the final decision and will be announced on the TigerChef Instagram page. The scholarship will be awarded twice, both in May and November each year. The award must be used for educational-related purposes and will be sent directly to the school in the form of a co-payable check directly to the financial aid office of the institution attended by the winner.

Scholarship Winners

TigerChef Culinary Scholarship Winner Joseph Hartman

Congratulations to Joseph Hartman on winning our May 2016 scholarship! Joseph is currently enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at SUNY Cobleskill. Starting out a premed student, he found himself drawn to the science aspect of food instead of medicine. Coming from a family where food was kept simple, Joseph is looking forward to earning his culinary degree and taking the leap into the wondrous world of food! Joseph impressed us with his commitment to the food industry and his perseverance in achieving his career goals.

More information on Joseph's win can be found in the official press release.

TigerChef Culinary Scholarship Winner Bryan Gooden

Congrats to Bryan Gooden on winning our May 2018 scholarship! Bryan has a dream of becoming a world renowned pastry chef, owning his own bakery both locally and globally. Bryan inspired us by sharing his dream of teaching communities in poverty stricken countries how to bake and take advantage of using the many commodities that their environment has to offer. Bryan is currently in Culinary Institute of LeNotre.

You can see Bryan's winning essay here.