Excellence in Leadership Award

The deadline for the 2017 award has passed.

The Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes two student members of IFT, one undergraduate and one graduate student, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their execution of student activities that furthers the mission of IFT.


The purpose of the IFTSA Achievement Award is:

1. To recognize those student members who have given outstanding service to their Student Chapter.
2. To provide the opportunity for additional participation in IFT by Student Chapters.
3. To assist the IFTSA in identifying student leaders.
4. To create a sense of ownership in the IFT Student Association for students and chapters.

Rules and Procedures:

Eligibility: Student applicants must have made outstanding contributions to the success of their Student Chapter and to IFT, and have exhibited Leadership behaviors as detailed in the evaluation criteria below. Applicants must be enrolled as students during the fall of 2016. Students serving in the office of the IFTSA President (Elect, Current, and Past) are not eligible for this award, during or after their service.  The recently elected Incoming President-Elect is still eligible for this award before their terms of service. The current IFTSA Vice President of Membership Experiences is ineligible for this award during their year of service.  Awards will be granted without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, or religion.  

NOTE: Multiple students per school are allowed to apply for this award.

Submission Material: Applications, along with letters of reference, should be submitted via the online portal no later than March 1. Students should outline their leadership qualities in regards to their Student Chapter, IFTSA, or other areas that demonstrate their commitment to the food science profession.

Recognition: Each awardee will be presented with an award and $1,000 during the IFT Awards Celebration at the IFT Annual Meeting.

2017 Recipients:

Graduate Winner - Shantrell Willis from Alabama A&M University

Undergraduate Winner - Laura Borovilos Cal Poly SLO


March 1 at 11:59pm CST 

John Gleeson
University College Dublin

Award Guidelines (PDF)
Award Application (DOCX)