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The BMO Scholarship will recognize and assist students who demonstrate a dedication to improving their knowledge and skills in the culinary field and to making a contribution to the culinary communities in which they study and work.

Applicants must demonstrate community involvement in a community volunteer program(s) in the culinary field, such as Slow FoodFeast of the FieldsSecond HarvestMeals on Wheels, a food bank, or a charity fundraiser such as Empty Bowls or Soup’s On.

Successful applicants will receive a tuition scholarship for an amount up to $2,000 CAD.


To be considered for this Scholarship, you must:

  • Submit an application by September 30, 2020

  • Be accepted into Stratford Chefs School’s upcoming Fall session (Level 1 or Level 2)

  • Submit a short statement discussing your experiences with community involvement during the past three years

  • Have achieved a minimum of 75% average in your previous year of school (transcript must be provided)

  • Provide one letter of reference from someone familiar with your experience in community service within the last 24 months

  • Submit a completed Student Financial Plan Form

Download the form now:  Student Financial Plan Form

2020 Applications are closed.

The Bruce Hotel Scholarship for Emerging BIPOC Chefs

One successful Canadian applicant entering Level One of the 32 week Professional Program will be awarded their full tuition cost for the 32 week Program. The Scholarship is funded by Jennifer Birmingham, owner of The Bruce Hotel, Stratford and will be awarded to one incoming Level One student per year beginning in Fall

2021 Applications due September 1, 2021.

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Additional Awards & Scholarships

The Awards & Scholarships listed below are handed out at Graduation, in June, to select students from both year one and year two.

Stratford Chefs School Award

  • Commitment to Industry and Academic Achievement

Elizabeth Baird Award

  • Outstanding Overall Achievement

John Richardson Memorial Award

  • Outstanding Achievement, Pastry

Nigel and Ruth Howard Award

  • Outstanding Achievement, Final Business Project

Eleanor Kane Award

  • Outstanding Achievement, Gastronomy

Bradshaws and Kitchen Detail Award

  • Outstanding Achievement, Food and Wine Service

Christopher John Sinopoli Memorial Award

  • Outstanding Achievement, Larder

Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers Award

  • Outstanding Achievement, Wine

Stratford Chefs School Scholarship

  • Outstanding Achievement, Overall

T. Kent Calhoun Memorial Scholarship

  • Outstanding Achievement, Cookery

Garland Canada Manitowoc Foodservice Scholarship

  • Outstanding Achievement, Commodities

Stratford Tourism Alliance Scholarship

  • Involvement in the Community through Culinary Tourism

IODE Festival Jubilee Chapter Scholarship

  • In Honour of Victoria Noble

Lindsay Reid Memorial Scholarship

  • Outstanding Achievement, Pastry

Akeela Rabley Scholarship

  • Perseverance in the Face of Adversity

Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence Blogging Scholarship

  • By Application

The Wineries of Somewhereness Scholarship

  • Outstanding Achievement, Wine

Alumni Referral Scholarship

Requirements: Minimum six-month working relationship with a SCS Alumni.  One successful applicant will receive $500 towards year two tuition.

Submit a reference letter from the SCS Alumni to

Applications Due: September 30


Requirements: Funding is dependent on demonstrated financial need.

Download and Complete the Student Financial Plan Form and submit with required supporting documentation to

Applications Due: September 30

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Loans, Grants & Other Financial Aid

Canada Apprentice Loan (CAL)

The Canada Apprentice Loan is an initiative of the Government of Canada to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade.

With the Canada Apprentice Loan, you can get up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of training. You can use the money to help pay for tuition, tools, equipment and living expenses, to cover forgone wages or to help support your family.

You will not have to make payments on your Canada Apprentice Loan, and no interest will accumulate until after you complete or leave your apprenticeship training program.

To be eligible for CAL, you must meet all of these criteria:

You are not eligible if you:

  • are receiving a Canada Student Loan for the same technical training;
  • have been told that you are restricted from receiving a Canada Apprentice Loan or a Canada Student Loan;
  • have already received funding for 5 periods of technical training; or
  • have already received 6 years of interest-free status.

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Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year or level, for a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person.

To be eligible for the AIG, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person;

  • not be a high school student;

  • have the required AIG supporting documents;

  • be registered with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade; and

  • provide proof that you have successfully completed either the 1st and/or 2nd year or level (or equivalent) in a designated Red Seal trade.

Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a one-time taxable cash grant lifetime amount of $2,000 per person for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their Red Seal certification.

To be eligible for the ACG, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person;

  • not be a high school student;

  • have the required ACG supporting documents;

  • show that you have completed an apprenticeship program as a registered apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade; and

  • provide proof of your journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade.

Apprenticeship Employment Insurance

If you are an apprentice you may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance (E.I.) benefits while attending school.

Your EI benefit application must be submitted online through the Service Canada website. You will receive further details regarding the EI application process during SCS orientation week, including information on how you will receive the required 16 digit reference code. You do not need your Record of Employment (ROE)* to apply for EI benefits online, but it is needed to calculate your benefits.

* Your employer must provide you with a Record of Employment (ROE) within five days once you have finished working.

Student Line of Credit

Most financial institutions offer a Student Line of Credit, so please check with yours to learn their eligibility criteria, interest rates and repayment terms.

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

OSAP is a financial aid program that can help you pay for college or university.

Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.

OSAP offers funding through:

  • grants: money you don’t have to pay back

  • a student loan: money you need to repay once you’re done school

When you apply for OSAP, you will automatically be considered for both grants and loans. If you don’t want to take a loan, you can decline it after your application is approved.

There are also programs to help you repay your student loan once you’re done school.

The amounts below are OSAP’s weekly funding maximums:

  • Single student with no dependants = $400/week

  • Student who is married, in a common-law relationship or a sole support parent = $680/week

You may get more aid than the amounts listed above. You’ll know how much you may get when your full-time application is processed.

Federal Grant Funding

You may get more aid through the following Canada Student Grants:

  • Students with Permanent Disabilities (maximum $2,000 per academic year)

  • Full-Time Students with Dependants (maximum $200 per child per month)

Please click here to learn about OSAP Loan Default Rates and Repayment Plan Assistance Usage Rates (2016).

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What Sets Stratford Chefs School Apart



Innovative, World-class Program

Our unique program model is method-based, hands-on, experiential, work-integrated learning, safely adapted to Covid-19 protocols.

High Quality Program

An enriched, immersive curriculum with exceptional standards and small classes. Collaborative, experiential learning through practical classes, Dinner Labs, and Dinners To Go, with strict adherence to Public Health requirements.

Expert Instructors

Our approachable Chef Instructors and Guest Chefs bring diverse experience and culinary backgrounds to our collaborative, real-world learning environment.

Not-for-Profit Model

Profits are reinvested into our program and facilities; fundraising helps keep tuition costs realistic.


SCS is widely recognized for training cooks who become the best chefs. Our reputation is built on Alumni success stories.

Applications are now open for our 16 Week Summer 2021 Diploma Program and our 32 Week Professional Diploma Program 2021-22!

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