Awards and Scholarships will be announced at
Student Night on February 9, 2017.

Click here for information on Poster Presentation Night

The New York Institute of Food Technologists (NYIFT) is proud to announce its 2016-2017 Students Awards Program.  The NYIFT with its Central New Jersey subsection will again sponsor scholarship awards at the local level and through the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).  In addition, a Poster Competition for exhibit at Student Night will also be held.  These awards represent the NYIFT’s commitment to the growth of up and coming Food Scientists. These programs are outlined below:

The following scholarships are available:

  • The NYIFT sponsors one Graduate ($1,500) and two Undergraduate ($1,000 each) IFT Scholarships. Information can be found at
  • NYIFT Scholarships – The NYIFT Scholarship Program will seek to award three Graduate Scholarships ($1,500 each) and two Undergraduate Scholarships ($1,000 each). See links below for application. The filing deadline is January 10, 2017
  • NYIFT Dependent Scholarship – The NYIFT awards one scholarship to a dependent of a NYIFT member. The filing deadline is November 21, 2016.
Eligibility Criteria
  • The candidate must be a student at the time of the application
  • Candidate must have paid his/her IFT and NY Section membership dues for that year
  • Candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Candidates must be majoring or completing courses in Food Science, Food Technology, Food Engineering, Culinology, or Culinary Arts at a college or higher level.
  • Candidates applying for the Dependent Scholarship must have a parent who is an IFT and NY IFT Member

Application for UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (doc)  (pdf)
Application for GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (doc) (pdf)
Application for DEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIP (doc) pdf

January 10, 2017  –  Filing Deadline for Scholarship Applications. Completed applications must be emailed as a PDF to Ms. Debbie Koch, Dept. of Food Science no later than January 10.

December 15, 2016 to January 20, 2017 – Sign up for interview time (please see Debbie Koch, Dept of Food Science Office – Rutgers University)

January 20, 2017 – Scholarship Interviews and Judging (Inclement Weather Date: January 27, 2017)

January 6, 2017   – Filing Deadline for the Poster Abstracts. Abstracts must be emailed as a PDF to Debbie Koch, Dept of Food Science no later than February 5.

February 9, 2017 – Poster Judging (Afternoon before Poster Presentation Night)


Congratulations NYIFT Scholarship Winners 2016  and special thanks to the judges this year – Juliana Canale, Scholarship Chair – Pinnacle Inc.; Mohamed Badaoui Najjar, PepsiCo; Karl Matthews, George Carman, and Bev Tepper from Rutgers University. A big THANK YOU goes to Debbie Koch at Rutgers for coordinating all the logistics for the interviews and Poster Presentations. NYIFT received 16 applications from Graduate and Undergraduate Students.

Building a Stronger Future

Since 1985, Feeding Tomorrow has worked to ensure that the vital work of food scientists continue, and carry on to the next generation. Feeding Tomorrow has funded more than $10 million is food science programs, and distributed more than 4,000 scholarships to students pursing undergraduate and graduate food science degrees. In partnership with Discovery Education, Feeding Tomorrow provided food science resources to nearly 18,000 public high schools throughout the U.S

Feeding Tomorrow knows that food scientists will be vital to addressing the complex issues of our food system, such as the shortage of essential resources required to feed our growing population. Therefore, we aim to introduce food science to students as young as grammar school, and encourage them to explore food science as a future career through our various programs.