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Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) Scholarships

ACF of Greater Buffalo in Memory of Bill Metzgar Scholarship (fall only)

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The American Culinary Federation of Greater Buffalo with ACF accredited NCCC / Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI), offers this scholarship for culinary and pastry arts students pursuing an associate’s degree at NFCI. The ACF of Buffalo and NFCI has established the scholarship for individuals looking to further their goals and future objectives. The ACF & NFCI are focused on fostering cooks and chefs with knowledge, skills, and professionalism to high standards in the hospitality industry.

Nick Antonacci Memorial Scholarship

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Applicant must be a current NCCC or incoming student (part-time or full-time) enrolled in a culinary program at NFCI.

In loving memory of Nick Antonacci, his family and friends established this scholarship. Vincent “Jimmy” Cancemi and Chuck Marazzo were instrumental in securing the donations by co-chairing eighteen annual Nick Antonacci Memorial Scholarship Dinners.

Nick was a good-natured man who gave from his heart with kindness and compassion. While growing up in the kitchen of his family-owned restaurant The Como, Nick’s love for cooking developed at an early age. His culinary skills brought fame and international attention to The Como Restaurant and to the city he loved, Niagara Falls NY. This scholarship will help students achieve their culinary education.

Canada Family Culinary Scholarship (fall only)

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Applicants must be enrolled full time in one of the programs at NFCI

This scholarship is in honor of Jerry Canada Jr’s father, Jerry G. Canada Sr., a beneficiary of an NCCC education, and aunt, Joan F. Canada. Although lacking any formal training in the culinary arts, both very much enjoyed the creative and social aspects that exist around a well-prepared meal. Both individuals would be impressed by the Culinary Institute, its potential to have a positive impact on Niagara Falls, and the opportunities it presents to students aspiring for a professional career in the foodservice industry. It is Jerry’s hope that this scholarship will enable individuals who might not otherwise be able to attend the Institute an opportunity to do so with limited financial burden.

J. Ward Reid Jr. Memorial Scholarship

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J. Ward Reid was a local businessman from Lockport, NY, who was a stalwart supporter of education as a means toward a more prosperous life. Established in his memory by his family, the scholarship will continue his legacy of a strong work ethic, leveraged with education while recognizing students in business-related curriculums.

Applicants must be enrolled in one of the following degree or certificate programs:

Business Management Certificate, Business Accounting, Business Administration, Retail Business Management, Hospitality Management, Hospitality Operations Certificate, or International Business.

Nicholas A. DiCamillo Scholarship

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Applicants must be enrolled in the Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts

Nicholas A. DiCamillo was actively involved in the DiCamillo Bakery from his youth until shortly before his death in 2001. Together with his brothers, sisters, and nephews, he developed the small bakery from a small basement operation into a multi-store retail and wholesale bakery. The company eventually expanded into the national gourmet food market, and today, DiCamillo biscotti and cookies are sold throughout the country. Nicholas was a certified master baker. He is most remembered by his friends and family for his passion for life, a love for baking, and a firm belief in the goodness of mankind.

NYS Federation of Home Bureau Scholarship (fall only)

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Applicants must be enrolled full time in either the Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts curriculum and a Niagara County resident.

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Pastry Chefs and Bakers Grant

The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) and the American Academy of Chefs (AAC) are proud to support pastry chefs and bakers with the Grant for Pastry Chefs and Bakers from the AAC Ray & Gertrude Marshall Fund. Qualified recipients will receive half of their tuition fee or up to $500 upon successful completion of a continuing-education course in either pastry arts or baking within six months of the application date. Grant applications will be accepted throughout the year. Mail or email the completed application to: ACFEF, Attn: Professional Development Grant, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095, or


Red Coach Inn Scholarship

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Applicants must be enrolled full time in one of the programs at NFCI

Thomas Reese owns the Red Coach Inn in Niagara Falls NY. He and his wife, Susanne, believe that a strong work ethic, leveraged with education, is the key to a student’s future success. They have established the Red Coach Inn Scholarship to help students achieve their goals in pursuing a degree in Culinary Curriculums.

Seneca Gaming Corporation Scholarship Fund

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Eligibility: Any current NCCC full-time student who is matriculated in any NCCC hospitality and tourism program, or high school senior, and who meets all of the attached criteria.

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Scholarship Office

Located within the Financial Aid Complex

Phone: 716-614-6266
Fax: 716-614-6820
Location: A-114 – Notar Admin Bldg.
Hours: Mon-Th, 8:00am – 4:00pm
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