Current Scholarships

Current Scholarships

The Kendall College Trust is dedicated to providing financial support for students of need enrolled in the culinary and hospitality field of study.

Below is a list of the current 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.

If you are interested in learning more about named scholarships, please contact info@kendallcollegetrust.org

Capitanini Family Scholarship

Capitanini Family Scholarship
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 students an opportunity that he was not able to afford himself.

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Scholarship

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
This 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.

Hospitality Scholarship

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

International Wine & Food Society

International Wine & Food Society
The IWFSC annually awards scholarship grants to qualified students in the Culinary program at Kendall College. Two of the awards are designated as the “Ian C. McLean, M.D. Award” and the "Donald Erickson Award" in honor of one of their past leaders. The third is named for the IWFS regional governing body. Their awards are granted based on the need for financial assistance and demonstrated potential and achievement.

Jason Cevallos Scholarship

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.

Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago Chapter

Les Dames d'Escoffier Chicago Chapter
Women pursuing a career in the Food, Nutrition, Wine, or Hospitality areas, and 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. Go to https://lesdameschicago.org/scholarships/ to apply.

Raymond Geraldson, Jr.

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 10 years following in the footsteps of his father, who served as a founding Trustee.

Ronayne and Forrest Leahy-Thomas Scholarship

Ronayne and Forrest Leahy-Thomas Scholarship
Friends and family of Ronayne Leahy-Thomas and Forrest Leahy-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.

William P. O’Connell Scholarship

William P. O’Connell Scholarship
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.

Marjorie Fox Wieland

Marjorie Fox Wieland
The Marjorie Fox Wieland Endowment Fund was established by her children and grandchildren in recognition of a remarkable woman who contributed her time and wisdom to the Kendall College community. What drew her to Kendall were the students: individuals striving to create a better future for themselves and the communities in which they live. The scholarship is awarded to a female student-in-need, who is a first- or second-generation descendant from a developing country. Preference is given to a woman who would be the first in her family to attend college and demonstrates an interest in volunteer work.

John H. Zimmermann Merit Scholarship and Service Award

John H. Zimmermann Merit Scholarship and Service Award
This award is named for the Reverend Dr. John H. Zimmermann in recognition of his distinguished service to the College in the capacities of faculty member, chaplain and academic officer over a period of more than 50 years. The award is presented to an outstanding student in the Hospitality Management or Culinary Arts program who exemplifies both high academic scholarship and positive concern for others.