The Excellence in Leadership Award was created to recognize student members who have given outstanding service to their Student Chapter, provide the opportunity for additional participation in IFT by student chapters, assist the IFTSA (IFT Student Association) in identifying student leaders, and create a sense of ownership in the IFTSA for students and chapters.
Application and Judgment
Completed application forms and all attachments should be submitted via the submission portal on IFT.org no later than March 15, 2020. A panel of IFTSA appointed judges, which will include at least two IFT leaders and one leader from the sponsoring organization (if applicable), will evaluate the submissions, and awardees will be notified in writing by the IFTSA on or before May 1, 2020.
Deadline: March 15, 2020, 11:59pm (CT)
Each awardee will be presented with an award and $1,000 during the IFT Awards Celebration at the IFT Annual Event & Food Expo. Each awardee will also be eligible to receive a $500 travel stipend to attend the IFT Annual Event & Food Expo but must be present and recognized on stage at the awards celebration in order to receive the travel grant.
Any student member of IFT, as of March 1, 2020 or who has not graduated prior to July 1, 2019, is eligible to compete. Applicants may either be self-nominated or nominated by a mentor and/or peer. 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 Excellence in Leadership Award Chair is ineligible for this award during their year of service.
NOTE: Multiple students per school are allowed to apply for this award.
Award Guidelines & Application
For complete rules and application, please see the Excellence in Leadership Award Guidelines, available late fall 2019.
Competition Chair Contact
Email Leah Hamilton, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University