Scholarship Opportunities

Gaston Lenotre Scholarship

In the past five years, the Gaston Lenotre Scholarship has awarded $248,233 in scholarship money to qualified students. This scholarship can be up to $5,000 to those who qualify with a minimum of six months experience in the food service industry.

Gaston Lenotre Scholarship, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, works to raise much-needed funds for deserving students who aspire to obtain a career in the culinary arts. The scholarship wants to ensure that the heritage of Chef Gaston Lenotre lives on and that his legend in gastronomy lives on by supporting student-chefs that strive for excellence.

The scholarship endowment was renamed in 2009 as a tribute to the man who was hailed as the world’s most famous pastry chef and caterer of our era. Chef Gaston Lenotre, who passed away on January 8, 2009, at the age of 88, taught his apprentices never to compromise on quality, to strive for perfection and to pass on the knowledge and skills of artisan craftsmanship to future generations.

A new memoir shares insight into the success of one of Houston’s top culinary schools. All proceeds go to the Gaston Lenotre Scholarship Fund. Visit the Gaston Lenotre Scholarship website to learn about all our scholarships and grants.

In-House Scholarships

Don’t let money get in the way of making your dream come true. At CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE®,  we have plenty of financial aid options and scholarships available. Chat with our dedicated team of advisors who will help you understand your financial aid options.

  • High School Merit Award
  • Non-Traditional Student
  • Returning College Student
  • Alumni Ambassador Circle Referral
  • Out of Town/Out of State
  • Foreign Student
  • Military Veteran
  • Widow or Divorced Single Parent
  • High School Culinary Competition
  • 4-H Regional Food Show Competition
  • Texas High School Competition
  • CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® Chopped Team Competition
  • Hardship Scholarship


In addition to all the financial assistance the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® provides, there are several other entities that can help you with financial options and scholarships including:

  • Mercer Cutlery
  • The American Academy of Chefs Scholarships
  • Military Scholarships
  • Escoffier Society Houston Student Scholarship

Military & Veteran Tuition Assistance

The CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® adheres to the VA Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions assisting service members, veterans, spouses and other family members.

If you are in one these categories, you should go to your nearest installation, base, reserve center or drill location and request to speak with the education officer to see if there are any funds available to allocate to your tuition assistance. The actual funds will be authorized from the education officer directly and given to the student.

The CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® also offers a VA scholarship to those who qualify.

Resources and Links for VA, Active Duty and Reserve Students:

  • The Montgomery GI Bill®:
  • Texas Veteran’s Commission:
  • Employment for Veterans Living in Texas:
  • Retail Savings Guide for Veterans:
  • The Texas Veterans Commission, National Guard, Reserve Military Personnel and Federal Branch Military Personnel may be eligible for tuition assistance from their active duty or reserve units.

Graduate Debt-Free with the Gainful Employment Scholarship Matching Fund

CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® is proud to present the Gainful Employment Scholarship Matching Fund. If you are a recipient of any outside/external scholarship(s), CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® will match the amount awarded to reduce your student loans. This matching fund is valid to any active student enrolled in an Associate of Applied Science.

The program is designed to help our students graduate debt free and honor those who have been awarded scholarships.

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Houston, Texas – Marie Lenotre’s story traces her journey through Greece and France. She finally settles in Houston but not before providing a heartwarming love story and a reflection on life’s spiritual journey.

Appetites begins with two story lines — the early lives of Marie and her husband, Alain — then melds into the story of the birth of their culinary institute. Marie weaves her personal and professional struggles together and writes passionately about difficulties in establishing the school, its eventual success, and the joy she finds in working with the students. Appetites shares Marie’s childhood dreams and adolescent struggles, the pains and joys of love in France, and the way she made the famous culinary name of Lenotre her own — and helped spread it across the globe.

Marie Lenotre is the founder and director of the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE®, created with her hus­band, Alain Lenotre, in 1998. Marie has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston, a bachelor’s degree in drama from the University of Athens, a master’s degree in public health education from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in English and creative writing from the University of Houston. Marie and Alain live in Houston and Galveston, Texas, and Ajaccio, France.

I had the privilege to know legendary Chef Gaston Lenotre, and Alain and Marie carry on the tradition of haute cuisine in a way that ensures we will always have new chefs being trained with high standards. Reading Appetites reminds me that there is no great food without great passion, and Marie is to be commended for telling her captivating story so passionately and honestly. – Daniel Boulud, Chef-Owner



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