Financing Your Culinary Education

We are pleased to offer several funding options for those pursuing Programs in Food & Wine at Boston University’s Metropolitan College.

For details about any of the opportunities listed here, please email foodwine@bu.edu.

Julia Child Kitchen Assistant Award

Funded through support from The Julia Child Foundation, the Julia Child Kitchen Assistant Award is given out each semester to one outstanding graduate of the Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts. The recipient works 30 hours per week for 14 weeks as the kitchen assistant to the program during the subsequent session.

Urban Grape Wine Studies Award for Students of Color

Established June 22, 2020, the Urban Grape Wine Studies Award for Students of Color provides support for at least one BIPOC student a year to attend the four-level Certificate Program in Wine Studies offered by the Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center at BU MET, as well as three paid internships in the wine industry. Learn more about the Urban Grape Wine Studies Award for Students of Color.

Rebecca Alssid Award in Culinary Arts

Named for the founding director of Boston University’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and Master of Arts in Gastronomy, the Rebecca Alssid Award is made possible by a generous gift from Mary Ann Esposito and the Mary Ann Esposito Foundation. Awards are available in amounts up to $1,000.

To be eligible, candidates must have completed the Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts. In addition, candidates must follow these steps to qualify:

  1. Study a key region of Italy.
  2. Produce and submit a 10-page scholarly work dedicated to the history, agriculture, traditions, and recipes of their chosen Italian region.
  3. Develop and present a four-course meal representing their findings, paired with wine.

The winner, or winners, will be decided by the Programs in Food & Wine director in consultation with the award committee.

The Rebecca Alssid Scholarship for Wine Studies

Established through the sponsorship of the Boston Bailliage of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and the US Chaîne Foundation, the Rebecca Alssid Scholarship for Wine Studies is given to a student who has completed Wine Studies Level 3 with distinction, and with the approval by the faculty. The Scholarship comes with a certificate and an award of $250 to be applied towards tuition for Wine Studies Level 4.

Sallie Mae Educational Loans

Students enrolled in the Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts are not eligible for federal student loans or deferments on existing student loans. Currently, the only educational loan available to non-credit students in the Certificate Program in Culinary Arts is Sallie Mae’s Career Training Smart Option Student Loan® or with a private loan from a bank/credit union.

Learn more about the Smart Option Student Loan. Select “Apply for this loan” to get started.

If prompted for the name of the school, select “Boston University - MET Culinary Arts Certificate Program, Boston, MA 00213098.”

Please note that we are unable to approve a loan amount greater than the tuition less the $500 deposit, or $13,700.

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