CHICAGO – Feeding Tomorrow, the official Foundation of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), is proud to announce the Elwood Caldwell Graduate Fellowship, which was created as the result of a more than one million dollar endowment from IFT member Elwood Caldwell, Ph.D. The gift is the largest in Feeding Tomorrow’s history
A long-standing IFT member, Dr. Caldwell firmly believed in the mission of Feeding Tomorrow, which works to bring the best and brightest minds to the science of food and to help them improve the world. Committed to the world’s next generation of professionals, Caldwell personally endorsed a full graduate fellowship when giving to Feeding Tomorrow.
“At Feeding Tomorrow, we work to support the educational endeavors of students in the science of food, and scholarships are an important tool to make learning possible,” said Kate Dockins Feeding Tomorrow’s executive director. “Thanks to the immense generosity of Elwood Caldwell, this fellowship is a rare opportunity for a graduate student to further their academic pursuits, and applications will open in 2021.”
As a member of the Chicago Section of IFT, Elwood established the Tanner Lectureship, which brings scientific speakers to the section. With the Minnesota Section of IFT, he was responsible for the beginning and subsequent growth of Minnesota’s Suppliers Night with over 250 exhibitors. Elwood also chaired (and raised the initial funding for) the establishment of Minnesota’s Macy Award, which recognizes an outstanding example of food technology transfer or cooperation between scientists in academic, government and private industry.
Caldwell was the first recipient of the CSIFT Chairman’s Service Award, and in 1988 a recipient of a similar award from the Minnesota Section. He was a Fellow of IFT and, in 1991, was the recipient of the Calvert L. Willey award for distinguished service to the Institute. Caldwell passed away on May 22, 2018.