Scholarship & Grants

STUDENTS: Leopold Schaeli Award and Leon Korstjens Award

These two scholarships awarded to students each year through the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Educational Institute (MCCEI). They may be awarded on the basis of merit to deserving individuals who meet Michigan residence requirements. The scholarships will be limited to Hospitality and Culinary Arts training in a post-secondary Michigan school. Such scholarships must be applied for through the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association. Previous recipients may reapply for additional scholarships. Biannual deadlines for receipt of applications: May 1 and November 1.

Click below to download the MCCEI Scholarship application. Please mail the completed application and all supporting documents to: The Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison, Detroit, MI 48226, Attention: Chef Kevin Brennan

STUDENTS: Restaurantware Icons Scholarship Program

As a leading supplier of contemporary kitchen supplies, Restaurantware is always driving the industry standard for innovation and quality. We know that the ideas and dreams of tomorrow’s chefs are just as important as today’s icons. We are showing our support for future culinarians through the Restaurantware Icons Scholarship Program.

Restaurantware will provide two $1,000 grants each year to culinary students that have displayed the same passion and enthusiasm for innovation in the foodservice industry as Restaurantware. One grant will be provided in the first half of each calendar year, and the other one will be provided at the end of each calendar year. Eligible students need to be currently enrolled or planning to enroll full time in the fields of Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, or a similar program at an accredited culinary arts school or college.


The American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), offers educational scholarships to high school students, college students, professional chefs looking to further their education or become certified and student culinary teams currently competing at ACF Regional and National conferences.

PROFESSIONALS: Tobin Looman Foundation Scholarships

The Tobin Looman Foundation (a non-profit group associated with StoryPoint), has created two (2) $2000.00 scholarships to be awarded to two professional MCCA members in 2019.

The Tobin Looman Foundation was created to honor the legacy of the late Toby Looman, Executive Chef and MCCA member, who passed away unexpectedly this year.  Chef Toby was an advocate and supporter of continuing education for culinary professionals, and these scholarships are intended to offer opportunitites to those who might not otherwise be able to take advantage of travel classes or regional/national conventions.

These scholarships are offered with the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be a professional member in good standing of the MCCA.
  • Applicant must use the funds to pay for a class or conference that awards college credit or continuing education points toward ACF certification or recertification.
  • Applicant must provide a letter requesting consideration for the scholarship listing the proposed class or conference, estimated cost, and a brief description of how the class or conference will further their career.
  • Deadline for application is November 7, 2018.
  • Awards will be announced by the end of November 2018.

PROFESSIONALS: Kevin Enright Continuing Education Grant

Each year, the MCCA will offer two $500 awards to worthy MCCA professionals for the purpose of their continued education.

  • The award is open to Active, Allied and Associate Members of the MCCA in good standing for at least one year.
  • Candidates must be active in the MCCA attending at least five (5) meetings out of the nine (9) monthly meetings per year.
  • Awards are given each fall and spring.
  • The award may be received only once in a three-year period.
  • The educational program can take place anywhere in the world, but must be of a culinary nature.
  • The application, copy of your ACF membership card, cost of educational program, and proof of payment should be submitted with the application form and written explanation of “How this activity benefits my career in the culinary arts.”
  • All accepted entries will be assigned a number and placed into a hat for a random drawing.
  • A check from the MCCEI will be written to reimburse the winner of the drawing upon receiving an article for The Michigan Chefs to share the learning experience with your fellow members. Biannual deadlines for receipt of applications: May 1 and November 1.

Please mail the completed application and all supporting documents to: The Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison, Detroit, MI 48226, Attention: Chef Kevin Brennan

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