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VCA - The Otto Bernet Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship Application Guidelines

To be awarded the Otto Bernet Memorial Scholarship, the following requirements must be met:

  • Applicant must have been a residence of the geographic area encompassed by the Virginia Chefs Association for a minimum of 12 months
  • Applicant must show proof of acceptance or demonstrated intent to enroll in a baking, pastry, or culinary curriculum at a post secondary institution
  • Two letters of reference must be provided from secondary or post secondary educators, one of which must be the student's instructor, indicating likelihood of success in a post secondary educational program
  • One letter of reference must be provided describing personal attributes that bear upon the applicant's future as a culinary artist
  • A 1000 to 2000 word essay that details the educational and professional goals that the applicant has set for his or herself.
  • The applicant must be a member in good standing as a junior member or junior culinarian member of the Virginia chefs Association. There is no length of time required prior to submitting the application.

*Note: If awarded, the scholarship will be $1000 payable to the student's account at the designated institution. If a student maintains a GPA of 3.25 or higher, it will be renewable for up to four years of higher pastry or culinary education. A transcript must be provided with proof of GPA in order to receive the renewable award.

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