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Student Scholarship Program

Each year the Puget Sound Section of the Institute of Food Technologists
(PSIFT) gives scholarship and travel awards to Washington students who
are studying food sciences and food industry programs.  It is the mission
of IFT to advance the science and technology of food through the exchange
of knowledge.

We are dedicated to supporting the future of the food industry and believe
in providing assistance to the next generation of food professionals.
Proceeds from our activities and fund raisers go to support this program.

PSIFT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (and we have the documents
to prove it). If you or your company would like to donate directly to the
scholarship program please see below.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

You can donate to the fund by CHECK or CREDIT CARD. Any donation
is appreciated and will go directly to the scholarship fund. You choose the
amount you wish to contribute and select the payment method.

Credit Card payments can be made by clicking on the donate button and
following the directions.

Check payments can be made payable to PSIFT Scholarship and sent to:

PSIFT Scholarship Fund
c/o Megan Leifson, Treasurer
4218  41st Street NE
Tacoma, WA  98422

Apply for a 2014 Scholarship Award

Scholastic Achievement Award

This award is to recognize outstanding scholastic achievement and exceptional contributions to the food industry: Graduate Students and Undergraduate Students

Outstanding Student Award

This award is to recognize a graduate or undergraduate student who is outstanding in multiple areas:  academic achievement, ability to communicate and work well with others, support and participation in school and extracurricular activities, creativity, good problem solver, dependable, and committed to the field of food science.

Travel Award

This award is used to assist students traveling to a professional meeting, such as the Annual National IFT Meeting, and presenting a paper or poster session.

Basis of Eligibility

These awards are designated for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a science-based program and focused on a career in the food industry. The awards consist of a scholarship recognition at the annual Awards Night dinner in May and a framed certificate. The students must attend the Awards Night dinner to receive the full scholarship amount.

Except in special cases, students should not receive both the Scholastic Achievement Award and Outstanding Student Award in the same year.  Students may be nominated for any of these three awards by fellow students and/or faculty, or nominate themselves. 

Application Procedures

Any student interested in pursuing a career in the food industry and enrolled in a Washington State certified school may apply for these awards. An official application form must be completed for each candidate and submitted to the Puget Sound Section of the Institute of Food Technologists, along with the required supporting materials.  The candidate will be judged solely on the information provided, so it is important to be accurate and thorough.  

To enter, complete the application form. Type or legibly print the applicant’s full name and address, and clearly indicate the Achievement Award in which he or she is to be considered.  Please note that a candidate may be entered in only one category.

The Scholarships and the Recipients 2013

Travel Awards:

Luis Castro                   Oral presentation at American Society of Brewing Chemists, Phoenix, AZ

Tao Dong                      Poster presentation at IFT Annual Meeting in Chicago

Donglei Luan               Oral presentation at International Microwave Power Institute, Providence, RI

Ellen Bornhorst           Poster presentation at IFT Annual Meeting in Chicago

Kanishka Bhunia         Poster Competition & Presentation at IFT Annual Meeting in Chicago

Scholastic Achievement Award

Dinesh Uduwana        Studying for Masters in Food Science

Sumeet Dhawan         Studying for Doctorate in Food Science

Outstanding Student Award

Brianna Dunn              Junior studying Food Science

Allison Baker               Studying for Masters in Food Science

Jing Peng                     Studying for Doctorate in Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Yang Jiao                     Studying for Doctorate in Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Wenjia Zhang              Studying for Doctorate in Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Click here (DOC) to learn more about the scholarships and award criteria.

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