If you work for someone else, and would like to have your employer sponsor or subsidize your professional development at the Academie, you'll need to build a strong argument, from your employer's point of view.
We've developed a tool for you to use. We're calling it a Contract. It's your demonstration of your commitment to not only receiving value from your studies, but also offering value back to your business and your customers.
The form is quite open-ended: it's up to you and your boss to fill in all the blanks. We've simply provided you with a place to start your conversation. Remember, when asking someone for their support, you need to step into their shoes, and communicate less from your point of view and more to theirs.
Start the conversation with some of your own ideas, and be open to your employers'.
We've tested this with a few employers in the industry, and they've told us that if an employee brought something like this to them with their request for support, they would absolutely sit up and listen.
Crowdfunding: the hot new social media tool for raising money and support
Raising money for your tuition to attend Cheesemonger Essentials at the Academie MonS
So you want to come to hone your skills, build up your chops, and maybe prepare for Certified Cheese Professional status, but you are just a starving (except for cheese) monger? Start a Crowdfunding campaign!
There are lots of advantages from many angles for this approach:
You raise money to advance your career without going into debt
You raise your public profile and boost your career
You demonstrate your commitment to your chosen profession
You publicly pledge to reach for and attain greater levels of customer service
You develop/enhance a loyal customer base and following
You achieve free PR for your shop or business (your boss will love you for it!)
Not all crowdfunding platforms allow for tuition-related projects so check the terms before embarking. Here is a very short list (not at all comprehensive!) of some that do:
While crowdfunding is a valuable source of capital, you should know a couple of other things about it:
Fees for crowdfunding platforms range from four to 12 percent.
Some platforms have an all-or-nothing philosophy. If you don't reach your goal, you don't get any of the money raised. Others, using what's called a flexible funding model, allow you to keep whatever you raise even if you don't reach your goal.
Before starting a campaign, do your homework. Read some articles to learn how to get the most out of a campaign:
We've done some research and found a handful of scholarships that might help you on your way. If you know of others, please let us know by emailing .
Les Dames d'Escoffier is an invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy and philanthropy. The association has local chapters throughout the United States and in London; many of these have scholarship programs.
For women only.
The Daphne Zepos Teaching Award is an annual scholarship awarded to an USA-based cheese professional who uses the funds to travel, learn and further their education on cheese.
For Americans only.
The Jack Green Memorial Fellowship specifically funds projects in the Dairy industry under the aegis ofThe Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Established in 1965 the Trust honours the memory of Sir Winston Churchill by awarding overseas research fellowships to Australians who are innovative, filled with a spirit of determination and possess a strong desire to benefit their community. Churchill Fellowships allow you to design your own research project, travel the world and further your knowledge in your chosen field, before returning to make a real contribution to Australian society.
Interest in career development, improved performance on the job, and/or pursuing an independent professional undertaking within the dairy industry.
Letter of intent and goals
Maximum one page letter outlining your motivations for study at the Academie, and your personal and professional objectives. This letter is essential to our teaching methodology: in our small class setting we do our best, within the constraints of the established curriculum, to adapt to the specific objectives and needs of our clients.
Preferably demonstrating a minimum of 500 hours experience working in the cheese industry, acquired within the past five years.
In order to avoid elevated travel fares, and in order for us to ensure your housing arrangments, we recommend that applications be submitted at least 30 days prior to the start of your course.
All Applications Subject to Approval.
Once we have reviewed and approved your application, we will email you a confirmation.... please be sure to include a valid email address on the application!
Academie MonS cannot refund payments made for courses. If you cannot attend a course you have been accepted for, we can transfer your deposit to another date, within 18 months of your original course date. Once a balance payment has been made, no tuition transfer or refund is possible.
Payments can only be transferred to other courses within the same country.
The Academie reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of insufficient enrollment; in this case we will transfer your enrollment to your second choice date as indicated on your course application form. If we have cancelled the course and no second choice course is feasible the Academie will refund your tuition.