ROSEMONT, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) today announced that it is now accepting applications in select markets for its 2022 class of U.S. Food Fellows through May 24. The US Foods Scholars Program provides financial support and professional development opportunities to and hospitality students who need additional resources to further their education and enter the restaurant or hospitality industry.
Launched in 2017, the US Foods Scholars program was developed to inspire students to reach their full potential and significantly address the talent shortage facing the culinary and hospitality industries. Since its inception, the program has awarded over $1 million in scholarships to 51 deserving students. This year, the company will build on that achievement by awarding scholarships of $20,000 each to 18 students representing culinary schools in nine markets across the country. The $20,000 renewable scholarship allows most recipients to cover most or all education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books and supplies, and housing and meals throughout their 2 or 4 year study programs. The company will also provide professional development opportunities for students, such as engagement with US Foods culinary teams, attendance at customer events, and exposure to product development strategies and processes.
“The US Foods Scholars program is dedicated to elevating the next generation of culinary talent as they begin their journey to successful careers in the restaurant industry through financial support, as well as career opportunities. professional development,” said David Works, executive vice president and chief. Human Resources Manager, US Foods. “Since the program’s inception five years ago, our US Foods Fellows have consistently demonstrated an inspiring dedication to their craft, and it has been an honor to watch them achieve their career ambitions.”
Starting today, US Foods Scholars, in partnership with Scholarship America, is accepting applications on the company’s website for six markets. Two eligible students will be selected from each of the following partner schools:
International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.
Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
Wake Technical College, Raleigh, North Carolina
Linn Benton Community College, Portland, Oregon.
Bethune Cookman University, Daytona, Florida.
Lawson State Community College, Birmingham, Alabama.
“Scholarship America is proud to partner with US Foods to help underserved students across the country advance their careers in the culinary and hospitality industries,” said Scholarship America President and CEO Mike Nylund. . “From chefs to food and beverage managers to bakery and pastry staff, these students have demonstrated great potential and talent, and this scholarship is designed to support and advance their future goals. .”
Applications for students located in the Arizona, Chicago and New York markets are facilitated separately through the company’s partnership with Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). C-CAP-nominated US Foods Scholars are selected from eligible high school seniors intending to pursue a degree in the culinary or hospitality arts at a post-secondary school of their choice.
With administrative support from Scholarship America and C-CAP, all US Foods scholarship recipients are selected through a formal application process and each applicant is assessed based on several criteria including academic achievement, financial need and a personal essay. Fellows must be pursuing a two-year associate degree in Culinary Arts or a related discipline, including but not limited to Culinary Science, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Food Business Management ; or pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. The deadline to apply is May 24, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. CT.
For more information or to apply for the US Foods Scholars program, visit www.usfoods.com/about-us-foods/us-foods-scholars.
About American Foods
With the promise to help its customers Do it, US Foods is one of America’s largest food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 69 full-line locations and more than 80 cash and carry stores, US Foods and its 28,000 associates provide customers with a broad, innovative food offering and a full suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois. Visit www.usfoods.com to learn more.