Scholarships 

The Feeding Tomorrow Fund of IFT offers a variety of academic tuition scholarships for freshman, undergraduate, and graduate students. IFT is committed to actively addressing barriers to access to education and science, especially for those who have been impacted the most by food inequity. We encourage all students who meet the criteria below to apply.

The application for both undergraduate and graduate scholarship awards opens on February 1, 2023, and will close on April 14, 2023. The application for first-year/freshman scholarship awards opens on February 8, 2023, and will close on June 15, 2023. If you need assistance, you may reach out to the ISTS Program Support Team via email at [email protected] or click the green help widget on your application to live chat with an agent during normal business hours.

The Feeding Tomorrow Fund awards annual scholarships to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a variety of disciplines within the science of food. Please see the list of available scholarships below and remember to verify your eligibility and review the application requirements.

General Eligibility: 

  • Applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Applicant must plan to enroll as a full-time freshman student pursuing an undergraduate degree in science of food at a U.S. or international university for the 2023-2024 academic year

First-Year Scholarships open February 8, 2023, and will close on June 15, 2023, at 11:59PM Pacific Time.

  • Feeding Tomorrow Fund Freshman Scholarships, Multiple Awards, $1,500 each.
  • Feeding Tomorrow Fund Gateway Scholarship Program, Multiple Awards, $1,500 each.
    • Students must not be enrolled in an IFT-approved undergraduate program to be eligible for an undergraduate Feeding Tomorrow scholarship. Any program not listed on the IFT-approved program list will be considered acceptable. All other general eligibility criteria will apply.

Application will be available on February 8, 2023.

The Feeding Tomorrow Fund awards annual scholarships to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a variety of disciplines within the science of food. Please see the list of available scholarships below and remember to verify your eligibility and review the application requirements. Most awards are $1,500; the highest-ranking Feeding Tomorrow Fund General Scholarship Award recipient will receive $5,000.

General Eligibility: 

  • Applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Applicant must plan to enroll full-time or part-time as a rising sophomore, junior, or senior student pursuing an undergraduate degree in science of food at an U.S. or international university for the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Applicant must demonstrate commitment in the science of food profession, such as, but not limited to an IFT membership.
  • Specific scholarships may also have other eligibility based on focus or topic area
  • With the exception of the Gateway Scholarship Program, applicants must be enrolled in an IFT-approved undergraduate program to be eligible for an undergraduate Feeding Tomorrow Fund scholarship.

Undergraduate Scholarships open February 1, 2023, and will close April 14, 2023, at11:59PM Pacific Time.

  • IFT Food Engineering Division Scholarship
  • IFT Sensory and Consumer Science Division Scholarship
  • Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists – Irving Pflug Memorial Scholarship
  • Edlong Scholarship
  • Barbara B. Keenan Scholarship
  • McCormick & Company Scholarship
  • Evan Turek Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Ann C. Hollingsworth Student Leadership Scholarship
  • Feeding Tomorrow Fund General Undergraduate Scholarship (multiple awards); each award is $1,500 with the following exception: one award of $5,000 will be granted to the top-ranked candidate.
  • Feeding Tomorrow Fund Gateway Scholarship (multiple awards) – for applicants NOT enrolled in a HERB-approved university.
  • NEW to 2023: Scholarship awards will be granted from the Feeding Tomorrow Fund to students with the greatest financial need; students transferring from a community college; students who are first-generation to attend college; and international students; multiple awards available for each category and are $2,000 each).

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The Feeding Tomorrow Fund awards annual scholarships to students pursuing a graduate degree in a variety of disciplines within the science of food. Please see the list of available scholarships below and remember to verify your eligibility and review the application requirements. The applicant’s school of enrollment can be any educational institution conducting fundamental investigations for the advancement of food science and food technology, unless there are stated exceptions of scholarship criteria for sponsored scholarships. Most awards are $2,000; the highest-ranking Feeding Tomorrow Fund General Scholarship award will be granted $5,000.

General Eligibility:

  • Applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Applicant must plan to enroll full-time or part-time as an MS or PhD student pursuing a degree in science of food at an accredited or bona fide college or university for the 2023-2024 academic year. Colleges/universities outside the U.S. are considered bona fide if they have a student population, a defined curriculum, faculty, and campus.
  • Demonstrate commitment in the science of food profession, such as, but not limited to an IFT membership
  • Specific scholarships may also have other eligibility based on focus or topic area

Graduate Scholarships open February 1, 2023, and will close April 14, 2023, at 11:59PM Pacific Time.  

  • IFT Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division Silver Celebration PhD Degree Scholarship
  • IFT Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division Silver Celebration MS Scholarship
  • Mike Jimenez Scholarship Sponsored by the IFT International Division
  • Dr. Richard L. Hall Scholarship in Flavor Science
  • Edlong Scholarship
  • Gerber Endowment in Pediatric Nutrition for Thermal Processing Specialists PhD Degree Scholarship 
  • Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists MS Degree Scholarship
  • The Feeding Tomorrow Fund General Graduate Scholarship (multiple awards) 
  • NEW to 2023: Scholarship awards will be granted from the Feeding Tomorrow Fund to graduate students with the greatest financial need; multiple awards available at $3,000 each.

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This year, Feeding Tomorrow is offering scholarships to attend IFT FIRST either in person or virtually. IFT FIRST is a brand-new experience that will bring the global science of food community together to solve food-centric challenges and spark innovation to benefit the global population for years to come. Several event scholarships are offered through IFT’s interest-based divisions as well as IFT Sections.

IFT First Virtual Registration Scholarships

General Eligibility
  • All student IFT members are eligible for the virtual registration scholarship. Not a member? Consider signing up for membership when you register!
Scholarship Sponsors
  • International Division, Andy & Jan Rao Fund
  • Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Division
  • British Section IFT
  • Washington DC Section IFT
  • Fruit and Vegetable Products Division
  • Quality Management Division
  • Harvey Gressgott Memorial Fund
  • Feeding Tomorrow
Process
  • Registration for IFT FIRST can be found here. During the registration process, there will be prompts for you to select which scholarship you would like to receive based on your location or interest area. If none of the options fit you, please select from the Feeding Tomorrow or Harvey Gressgott Memorial Fund. This scholarship will cover your registration fee. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

IFT First In-Person Travel Scholarships

Attending IFT FIRST In-Person this year? Feeding Tomorrow is providing numerous travel scholarships for students to attend IFT FIRST The scholarships are offered in varying amounts and are available to graduate and undergraduate students who are not receiving funding from another source. Travel Scholarships will open on April 1, 2022 and close on April 29, 2022. All applicants will be informed of their status by June 1, 2022.

General Eligibility
  • Travel stipends open to all students, regardless of membership status
  • Applicants must be a graduate or undergraduate student pursuing a degree in food science or related field. Certain scholarships may have specific eligibility as determined by the sponsor.
  • Applicants must not be receiving funding from another source
  • Recipients will need to submit a written testimonial regarding their experience at IFT FIRST and as well as a thank you note to the sponsor
  • In Person Recipients will be required to submit a W-9 form if a U.S. Domestic student and possibly a W8BEN for non-US based students
Travel Scholarships Offered:

Fruit & Vegetables Products Travel Scholarship: Award - $500

Sensory & Consumer Sciences Division Travel Scholarship: 2 Awards - $800 each

Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Division Travel Scholarship: 2 Awards - $800 each

Feeding Tomorrow Travel Scholarship: 6 awards - $500 each

Food Laws and Regulations Division: 4 awards - $1000 each

Nutmeg Section IFT Travel Scholarship: Award - $500

Ruth M. Patrick Student Travel Scholarship: $500

First-Year Scholarships

Application Opens: February 8, 2023
Application Deadline: June 15, 2023
Recipient and Non-Recipients Notified: August 2023
Recipient Recognition Online: August 2023 

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

Application Opens: February 1, 2023 
Application Deadline: April 14, 2023
Recipient and Non-Recipients Notified: June 2023 
Recipient Reception: IFT's FIRST July 2023  
Recipient Recognition Online: August 2023 

Recipient Recognition in Food Technology: September Issue 

All checks will be mailed to scholarship recipients by August 2023. Checks are payable to the educational institution for the student’s account.

What is new with scholarships this year?
The Feeding Tomorrow Fund has also expanded its outreach to diverse student populations. New this year, scholarship awards will be granted to first-generation college students; community college students; students with the greatest financial need; and international students.

Last year, the Feeding Tomorrow Fund streamlined the scholarship application to make it easier to apply by removing the requirement for a recommendation. We've also added a section in the application for students to share any responsibilities they may have at home outside of volunteer or leadership opportunities to ensure that students can showcase their various activities. The Feeding Tomorrow Fund has also recently added a new scholarship for undergraduate students called the Gateway Scholarship. This scholarship is for students attending a university or college that is NOT an IFT-approved undergraduate program.

I’ve never applied for a scholarship. How can I get some help with the application process?
Pease contact the International Scholarships and Tuition Services (ISTS) Program Support Team via email at [email protected]. Answers to many FAQs can be found here.

I applied for a scholarship last year, can I use the same application?
No. You must submit a new application for each year you apply for a scholarship.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
Yes, you can apply for multiple scholarships (only one application needed) but will only be awarded one scholarship. Applicants will automatically be considered for each scholarship they are eligible for.

I received a scholarship last year; do I need to reapply?
Awards are not renewable; however, students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

I am graduating in December during the 2023–2024 academic year. Am I eligible?
Yes, you are eligible to receive a scholarship.

What forms of transcripts are acceptable to submit?
You may submit ANY form of transcript. Printed, scanned, official, unofficial. As long as the transcript is accurate and legible, it will be accepted. Scholarship winners may be asked to verify their GPA with official transcripts.

When will I hear if I have won a scholarship?
Feeding Tomorrow General Undergraduate/ Graduate Scholarship: June 2023

Feeding Tomorrow General First Year Scholarship: August 2023

Who selects the scholarship recipients?
Our scholarship provider, International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS), provides professional jurors to maintain a fair selection process. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Is it required that I be a member of IFT in order to be eligible for scholarships?
No, however you will need to demonstrate commitment in the science of food profession, such as, but not limited to an IFT membership.

General Scholarship Policy

  • A scholarship award winner that withdraws from school, graduates early or substantially alters his/her research program during tenure of the scholarship award must forfeit his/her scholarship.
  • Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships based on their eligibility.
  • Scholarships winners may be asked to verify their GPA with official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may be used as part of the application process.
  • There are no scholarship renewals. Current scholarship holders must reapply the following year on the same basis as new applicants.
  • Applications must be completed in English; ISTS does offer assistance in completing the application by conversing with a staff member in French and Spanish.

Can I use my scholarship award for things other than tuition?
No, all Feeding Tomorrow Fund scholarships must go to academic tuition or other direct educational expenses.

I am an international student. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?
If you are a graduate student pursuing a Food Science degree, you are eligible to apply. If you are an undergraduate student pursuing a Food Science degree, with the exception of the Gateway scholarship, you must be enrolled at an approved U.S. or international university.

Conflict of Interest:

All scholarship candidates and sponsors must disclose to the Feeding Tomorrow Fund of IFT in writing any and all actual or potential conflicts of interest, including but not limited to those listed below, which may compromise the integrity of the program.

IFT may, in its sole discretion, refuse to accept or cancel a scholarship award if an actual or perceived conflict of interest exists. Potential conflicts of interest include:

  1. Scholarship Candidate is a close familial relative (spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece or first cousin) of the Sponsor (or any member or employee of Sponsor) selecting the candidate; 
  2. Scholarship Candidate or Sponsor solicits, provides or accepts any compensation or other consideration in exchange for the nomination;
  3. Scholarship Candidate is a current or former employee or board member of the Sponsor or Institute of Food Technologists; or
  4. Scholarship Candidate engages in any conduct that may reflect negatively upon the Feeding Tomorrow Fund or Institute of Food Technologists.

Disclaimer:

All Feeding Tomorrow Fund academic scholarship award funds will be applied to recipient’s tuition, educational fees, or educational expenses required by the university. These funds shall be disbursed to student tuition accounts. The academic scholarships are based on merit and not on financial need. 

All Feeding Tomorrow Fund travel scholarship award funds will be disbursed to the student directly to be applied to costs associated with travel to the IFT Annual Meeting and Expo. The student recipient may be required to claim this travel scholarship as income and be asked to submit at 1099 to the Feeding Tomorrow Fund. 

Scholarships may not be sold, transferred or assigned and are not convertible to cash. 

Scholarship candidates must comply with all applicable enrollment and registration deadlines published by the university. 

Any false statements or misrepresentations made by the scholarship applicants may be grounds for discipline in, or dismissal from, Feeding Tomorrow Fund scholarship program(s). 

Academic scholarships are disbursed at the start of the academic year, in full, and at the university discretion may be allocated across one or all terms or semesters. 

If awarded, recipients of both academic and travel scholarships are required to provide a photograph, brief biographical statement, and thank you letter to the donor(s). 

If awarded, proof of acceptance into the academic program may be required.  

Contact Information

For all inquiries regarding the Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship Program, please contact the ISTS Program Support Team via email at [email protected] or click the green help widget on your application to live chat with an agent during normal business hours. You may also email [email protected]. Thank you!