On September 5th, one of the most popular varieties of pizzas gets its day of honor. Hold the toppings, please. It’s National Cheese Pizza Day!
- In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese which some believe is the beginning of the “pizza”.
- In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα”, pita, meaning pie.
- A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
- The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
- The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
- It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.
- The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 was in New York’s Little Italy.
- Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.
Now let’s look at what scholarship opportunities are available for the Restaurant and Hospitality Majors!
AMERICAN CULINARY FEDERATION EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, with the support of the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships annually to students:
- Apprenticeship program – up to $1,500
- Certificate programs – up to $1,500
- Post-secondary degree programs – up to $2,500
Thank you to our members and partners who generously donate funds. In addition to general scholarship donations, the following funds support our scholarship offerings:
- AAC Andrew Macrina Scholarship
- AAC Balestreri/Cutino Scholarship
- AAC John Kacala Scholarship
- AAC Ray & Gertrude Marshall Scholarship
- Linda Cullen Scholarship
Special thanks to the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Foundation for their continuous support.
Scholarship deadlines are April 30 and October 31 of each year.
AFA LEADER AND ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS
One application. Over 150 scholarship opportunities.
AFA and its partners award annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students enrolled in agriculture and food-related degree programs across the U.S. Awards vary in amounts, but are at least $1,600 and include sponsorship to AFA Leaders Conference (worth $1,000). The only cost to the student is the time spent filling out the application and travel expenses to AFA Leaders Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of career vision and goal, leader and community involvement and financial need. Some applicants will be selected based on a specific criteria requirement set by our partner organizations and communities. Applicants will be notified of their scholarship status in early June.