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Goedeker's Appliances Annual Culinary Scholarship


Do you have a passion for cooking and want to further your education? Do you want to improve your chances of employment by earning a culinary degree?

We all know that, in today’s economy, scraping together funds to attend culinary school can be a challenge. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged, wishing for some relief. Goedeker’s believes in your potential and would love to see you flourish. That is why we are offering a $500 grand prize scholarship toward your culinary school expenses.

About Goedeker’s

Goedeker's is a St. Louis-based, family-oriented company that has been in operation since 1951. We are dedicated to excellence in service, convenience in shopping, and offering quality products at affordable prices. We sell an expansive selection of name brand kitchen appliances, washers and dryers, mattresses, and furniture, both online and in our showroom.

Applying For The Scholarship

Write an essay about why attending culinary school is important to you. Give us some insight into your personal background and you are passionate about cooking.

The essays will be judged based on originality, creativity, organization of thought, and proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Awards Available

  • The grand prize is a $500 scholarship.
  • Two $100 scholarships will also be awarded to honorable mention entries.

This scholarship applies toward the fall 2018 semester. It is not meant to cover the expenses of summer classes. These scholarships will be granted through our contest annually. (Some schools may have different semester structures, those students are eligible.)

Submission Requirements

  • Essay length should be 300 words minimum
  • Clear contact information (name, mailing address, preferred means of contact)
  • A recent photo of you with a dish you prepared and a few sentences about yourself which will be used for publicity purposes on the Goedeker’s Home Life blog
  • Proof that you are enrolled in a culinary school for the spring 2018 semester OR proof that you have been accepted at a culinary school for the fall 2018 semester
  • Please attach the items listed above to an email and send them to culinaryscholarship@goedekers.com. For the subject line, write “Culinary Scholarship - (your name).”


  • Any student that is enrolled in an accredited or registered culinary school is eligible to participate.
  • High school seniors that are enrolled in an accredited or registered culinary school, either for a dual credit program or for the upcoming semester, are eligible to enter as well.
  • You must either be enrolled for the spring 2018 or registered for the fall 2018 semester. Being enrolled in summer classes does not make you eligible to enter.
  • Students must be American citizens.

Deadline to Enter

We will consider submissions of essays until the entry deadline, which is July 8, 2018, at 12am CDT.

Winners Announced

  • The honorable mentions will be awarded on August 15 and August 16, 2018.
  • The grand prize will be awarded on August 17, 2018.
  • All announcements will be made on Goedeker’s Home Life blog.

Accepting the Scholarship Award

Once an entrant is notified of winning, the entrant has three days to respond and accept the scholarship award. If the selected winner does not respond within the allotted time, another winner will be chosen.

Once the winners are announced, awards have been accepted, and valid mailing addresses have been obtained, Goedeker’s will mail the winners a check for the amount of the scholarship they won. Or if your institution of learning would prefer to handle the awards, we will send them the check and they can apply the amount to your student account accordingly.

Additional Notes

  • All essays submitted become the intellectual property of Goedeker’s.
  • We can use the essay and/or images provided on the Goedeker’s Home Life blog at our discretion.
  • We will not use your contact information to send you spam advertising messages or sell it to other advertisers.
  • Absolutely no costs or fees are required for eligibility. Always beware of scholarships that require fees.