The Kendall College Trust is dedicated to providing financial support for students of need enrolled in the culinary and hospitality programs at Kendall College.  Scholarships are available for all students who have completed their first academic year of study, maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA, have full-time status, and have demonstrated financial need.

Through the support of donors, the Kendall College Trust can continue to assist students in their pursuit of knowledge. Listed are the current named scholarships, named after our largest supporters, or in honor of someone they admire. The Kendall College Trust and its recipients cannot emphasize the importance our donors have played in so many lives. To you we say, thank you.

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Capitanini Family

Al Capitanini, a Trustee of Kendall College, created this scholarship to honor his grandfather, Alfredo, who emigrated from Italy with little education and started The Italian Village restaurants that still exist today, 85 years later. The scholarship was established as an endowment to help a culinary student in need, pursue his or her studies and dreams. Alfredo believed in education and wanted to give a student an opportunity that he was not able to afford himself.

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

Chaine des RotisseursThis scholarship was established to contribute to the education of talented Kendall students from the School of Culinary Arts and/or the beverage program whose professional skills will perpetuate the legacy of gastronomy in the Chicago community.


FronteraThis scholarship will be available for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Frontera Scholarship, in partnership with Rick Bayless, covers 100% direct tuition costs and is awarded to one candidate every two years pursuing and A.A.S. in Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry at Kendall College. The student must be of first or second generation Mexican-American, and provide supporting documentation, a recent Chicago Public School graduate, and have demonstrated experience in the food service industry or taken culinary classes in high school. Proceeds received from events hosted by Rick Bayless and his contributors support the scholarship fund.

Gale Street Inn

FronteraThe Javier Cisneros Scholarship was created by Gale Street Inn in loving memory of their long-time chef who died in 2010. This scholarship is intended to award aspiring and deserving chefs and hospitality professionals of Mexican descent who are pursuing a degree in the Culinary or Hospitality program at Kendall College.

Garrett Popcorn

This scholarship is open to students pursuing a degree in the culinary and/or hospitality program at Kendall College.

Helen B. Graham

Ira Graham, a former Kendall College Trustee, created this scholarship in memory of his wife, Helen B. Graham, who died in 1998. Helen was a long-time baker who would bake and gift Christmas cookies annually and deliver them to fire houses, hospitals and neighbors in the Evanston community, the original location of the Kendall College campus.

International Wine & Food Society
of Chicago

The IWFSC annually awards scholarship grants to qualified students in the culinary program at Kendall College. One of the awards is designated as the “Ian C. McLean, M.D. Award” in honor of one of our past leaders. Our awards are granted based on the need for financial assistance and demonstrated potential and achievement.

Jason Cevallos Scholarship

The Jason Cevallos Scholarship was established to carry on the legacy of one of Chicago's brightest young talents in the culinary field. Jason's hard work and passion for great food and drink made him one of the most promising culinarians that Chicago has ever seen. This scholarship serves to fuel that passion for the next generation. The individual receiving the scholarship will be a student pursuing a degree in the Culinary or Beverage program.

Kendall College Culinary Entrepreneurship Study Abroad

The purpose of the Culinary Entrepreneurship Study Abroad Scholarship is to provide the Culinary Associates degree student, who will complete their Bachelors in Business with a concentration in International Business at Kendall College an opportunity to afford the option to study abroad to complete their degree.

Kendall College Hospitality Scholarship

The Kendall College Hospitality Scholarship is awarded to a deserving Kendall College Hospitality student pursuing a degree at Kendall College. Proceeds received from events hosted by the school of Hospitality Management support the scholarship fund.

Les Dames d’escoffier

Women pursuing a career in the food, nutrition, wine or hospitality area who are currently attending a full time academic program that results in a degree or certificate are eligible to be considered for the Les Dames d’escoffier scholarship. Click here for more information.

Raymond Geraldson Jr.

This scholarship was created when Ray Geraldson retired as Chairman of the Kendall Board of Trustees -- where he served for more than ten years following the footsteps of his father who served as a founding Trustee.

Ronayne and Forrest Leahy Thomas Scholarship

Friends & family of Ronayne and Forrest Thomas created this fund to award an annual scholarship in memory of the brothers. They were both Kendall graduates and beloved members of the Chicago culinary community.

US Foods

US FoodsUS Foods makes a positive difference in communities around America through philanthropic activities that are an extension of its culture and part of the company’s heritage. Established in 2012, this scholarship is awarded to a deserving Kendall College student pursuing a degree in the Culinary arts at Kendall College.

William Patrick O'Connell

The William Patrick O'Connell Scholarship was established in the loving memory of William Patrick O'Connell who was inspired by the culinary arts and loved sharing his extensive knowledge of wine with others. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving Kendall College student pursuing a degree in the Culinary or Beverage program.


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The Kendall College Trust, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides scholarships to Kendall College culinary and hospitality students in financial need.