Secaucus, New Jersey

Feb 16, 2012

 Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic food company, today announced a new annual nationwide Culinary Arts and Food Sciences Scholarship Program offered to four students entering their freshman year of college to obtain their first undergraduate degree in culinary arts and/or food sciences. 


Administered by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s largest leading Hispanic scholarship organization, Goya’s Culinary Arts and Food Sciences Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to students entering a four-year institution as freshmen who are Culinary Arts and/or Food Sciences majors.  Scholarships are in the amount of $5,000 awarded per academic year starting in 2012-2013 and are renewable for up to three additional years (2013-2014 through 2015-2016) provided the student remains eligible to receive funding.


“As the leader in Latin American food, our new Culinary Arts and Food Sciences Scholarship Program is one of our educational pillars and part of our mission to celebrate, nurture, and preserve Goya’s diverse culinary heritage and future,” says Peter Unanue, Executive Vice President of Goya Foods. “We pride ourselves on authenticity, high-quality, and culinary traditions and wanted to establish a scholarship that would give students the opportunity to pursue their passion in the culinary arts and food sciences industries.” 


Applicants of the Goya Culinary Arts & Food Sciences Scholarship will be selected based on the standard requirements established by Goya and HSF including academic achievement, leadership and financial need, as well as an evaluation of an essay explaining how Goya has enriched their family traditions.  Among the criteria for consideration of the annual $5000 Goya Culinary Arts and Food Sciences Scholarship program, the student (1) Must plan to be enrolled in college full time starting in 2012-2013 in a degree seeking program within the U.S. as a Freshman at a four-year U.S. accredited institution to obtain their 1st undergraduate degree; (2) Must be majoring in Culinary Arts and/or Food Sciences; (3) Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; (4) Must complete 10 hours per month of community service while in progress; (5) Must be a U.S. Citizen or a legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application.  All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551; (6) Must have a permanent address in a participating state (see website for details) and; (7) Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


For more information and to apply, please log onto  Applications are due no later than March 31, 2012. 


About Hispanic Scholarship Fund:  Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the nation’s leading organization working to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree.  HSF envisions a future where every Latino household will have at least one college graduate, creating an enduring impact on the college outlook of Latino families nationwide, and strengthening the American economy for generations to come. For more information about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund please visit: