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Scholarship Recipients

IFT scholarships enrich students' lives by making it possible to focus on their studies and extend their experience beyond the classroom with internships or travel scholarships to the IFT Annual Event & Food Expo. Meet some of the students who are already reaping the benefits of support from IFT.

Scholarship Recipient Testimonials


Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship Recipients

IFT is pleased to announce this year’s scholarship recipients. In total, we were able to award $92,800 in academic scholarships to students in the science of food.

Intern+ Scholarships
General Mills Intern+
Ting Zheng, Rutgers University

Kraft Heinz Intern +
Sama Khorasi, Georgia Institute of Technology
PepsiCo Intern+
Ece Gulkirpik, University of Illinois

Synergy Flavors Intern+
Isabella Puterbaugh, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate Scholarships
Dr. Richard L. Hall Scholarship in Flavor Science
Angelica Lobbi, Oregon State University
Klay Liu, The Ohio State University

Edlong Scholarship
Sharma Shruti, University of Georgia

IFT General Graduate Scholarship
Kimberly Acevedo, University of Massachusetts
Frederico Bueno, Louisiana State University
Janny Mendoza Mencia, Louisiana State University
Claire Murphy, Virginia Tech
Asmita Singh, University of Arkansas
Clarissa Somers, University of College Cork
Alexander Taylor, University of Illinois
Christina Wormald, University of Massachusetts*

Gerber Endowment in Pediatric Nutrition
Priscilla Mendez, Florida International University
Zhichao Zheng, University of California: Davis

IFT Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division Sliver Celebration PhD Scholarship
Thadeus Beekman, University of Arkansas

IFT Sensory Consumer Sciences Division Silver Celebration MS Scholarship
Silvia Murillo-Miguez, Louisiana State University

Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists PhD Degree Scholarship
Rebecca Bruce, University of Arkansas

Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists MS Degree Scholarship
Gretchen Gustafson, University of Minnesota

Mike Jimenez Scholarship, Sponsored by the IFT International Division
Badiora Olanike, Obafemi Awolowo University
*Top-ranked general scholarship recipient.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Arthur Schramm Scholarship
Sandi Levine, University of Minnesota

Barbara B. Keenan Scholarship
Alejandra Prado Jaramillo, Zamorano University

Dr. Ann C. Hollingsworth Student Leadership Scholarship
Cinthya Bravo, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral

Edlong Scholarship
Brianna McBride, Iowa State University

Evan Turek Memorial Scholarship
Karen Lee, University of Florida
Ava Weyrich, University of Kentucky

IFT General Undergraduate Scholarship
Ave Bauerle, University of Florida
Chloe Calhoun, University of Nebraska*
Grace Campidilli, Cornell University
Hannah Cornelius, University of Arizona
Madeline Mertdogan, University of Illinois
Maesa Ogas, Purdue University
Rose Spahn, Pennsylvania State University

IFT Food Engineering Division Scholarship 
Howard Toledo, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral

IFT Past Presidents Scholarship
Melissa Huang, University of California: Davis

Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists – Irving Pflug Memorial Scholarship 
Rajsri Raghunath, Michigan State University

John and Irene Powers Scholarship
Kanon Kobata, University of Massachusetts

McCormick & Company Scholarship
Leah Bodinger, Pennsylvania State University

*Top-ranked general scholarship recipient.

Freshman Scholarships
IFT General Freshman Scholarship
Laura Harriss, Purdue University
Lillian Stone, Purdue University
Kylie Konyn, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lauren Sawalich, Kansas State University
Dr. Elwood F. Caldwell Graduate Fellowship
Jonathan Sogin, Cornell University
Summer Scholars
The IFT Summer Scholars Program has partnerships with Cornell University, North Carolina State University, and The Ohio State University. In 2021, there were no recipients for this program due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

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Discover the types support we provide food science students through our scholarship and internship programs.


IFT offers academic scholarships to current graduate and undergraduate students in the science of food, as well as to incoming freshman. We also offer travel scholarships to the IFT FIRST Annual Event & Expo.

Learn more about our scholarships program


IFT Intern+ Program connects students interested in exploring careers, building practical skills, and gaining real world experience in the science of food with internship opportunities at leading food companies.

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