Begin the application process today online. Please read the following information and ensure that you have all of your documentation prepared.


Candidates for the Catering Executives Club Foundation Scholarships are subject to the following criteria:

  1. Recipient must have been a student at the post-high school / college level for at least one (1) year.
  2. Recipient must be an active student in a Hospitality Management program at an accredited institution.
  3. It is preferred that the recipient show the intent to remain and work in Chicago after graduation.

In addition to the online application, candidates for the Scholarship must also submit the following materials to Applications will not be considered complete without the following documents. Please ensure you put your name in the subject line when sending these documents:

  1. Transcripts proving enrollment in a Hospitality Management program and showing current GPA

  2. Copy of candidates resume

  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be from an employer in the hospitality industry or college professor)

  4. Essay (see essay instructions on right)


The Scholarship Essay should be submitted along with your other documentation to The Scholarship essay should be no more than 400 words, typed double spaced, and include your name and college institution in the header. The topic of the essay is:

Please describe why you should be awarded this scholarship; your short and long-term goals following graduation; your strengths and weaknesses, and lastly, what prompted you to seek out a career in the hospitality industry?

Scholarship candidates must also electronically sign their application acknowledging the rules of the CEC Scholarship, and attend an in-person interview. The interview time and location will be included in an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early and dress in business attire.