Student Scholarships


Thursday, February 22, 2024

Poster Presentations & Scholarships for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

The New York Institute of Food Technologists (NYIFT) is proud to announce its 2023-2024 Student Awards Program. The NYIFT along with its Central New Jersey subsection will again sponsor scholarship awards at the local level and through the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Additionally, a Poster Competition for exhibit at Student Night and at the Annual Suppliers Day will be held. These awards represent the NYIFT’s commitment to the growth of up and coming Food Scientists. The programs are outlined below.

We’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you to participate in these programs and wish those who do GOOD LUCK!

These scholarships are only a small part of what the NYIFT and its Central New Jersey subsection have to offer. To gain a better understanding about the Food Industry and to meet professionals involved in the industry, all you have to do is to attend the monthly meetings. The cost to you is your time and a nominal (subsidized) cost for your meal. The rewards are truly immeasurable! We hope to see you at meetings. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Carol BoNey, Awards Committee Chair at

IFT’s foundation, Feeding Tomorrow, offers a variety of academic tuition scholarships for freshman, undergraduate, and graduate students. Feeding Tomorrow is committed to actively addressing barriers to access to education and science, especially for those who have been impacted the most by food inequity. Information for these scholarships can be found at

The NYIFT awards one scholarship ($1,500) to a dependent of an NYIFT member.  The student must be a Senior in high school or a student at a College/University/Institution pursuing a career in the food industry.  Applications must be received by the deadline of January 19, 2024.

Download NYIFT Dependent Scholarship Application – pdf
Download NYIFT Dependent Scholarship Application  -Word Document


To recognize academic excellence and student engagement with the food science community, NYIFT is growing its scholarship program, and will offer two programs starting with the 2024 competition as follows:


The NYIFT Scholarship Program will seek to award six (6) scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Rutgers Food Science program. Graduate Scholarships are $2,000 each and Undergraduate Scholarships are $1,500 each). See deadlines below.
Download GRADUATE Scholarship Application – pdf
Download GRADUATE Scholarship Application – Word Document

Download UNDERGRADUATE Scholarship Application – pdf
Download UNDERGRADUATE Scholarship Application – Word Document


The NYIFT Scholarship Program will seek to award two (2) scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the following programs. B.S. degree in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Food Science or M.S. degree in Nutrition and Food Science

Download Scholarship Application– pdf
Download Scholarship Application – Word Document


The Program plan is as follows:

January 19, 2024                      FILING DEADLINE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!
Completed applications are to be converted into a SINGLE PDF and sent to Ms. Debbie Koch (, Room 107, Food Science Bldg., Rutgers University, no later than January 19, 2024.  Applications filed after the deadline will not be considered.

January 26, 2024   Scholarship Interviews and Judging are in person and will take place in the Food Science Department at Rutgers University. If inclement weather, judging will take place on February 2, 2024. Applicants who are not physically in New Jersey at the time of the interviews (residing out of State or outside of the U.S.) or who otherwise have a hardship preventing them from sitting for a face-to-face interview (e.g. working full-time or unable to travel from Montclair to Rutgers), can request a virtual interview by contacting Ms. Koch.

To be eligible for one of these scholarships:

  1. The candidate must be a student at the time of the application
  2. Candidate must have paid his/her IFT and NY Section membership dues for that year
  3. Candidate must have a GPA of 3.0 or better
  4. Candidate must be majoring or completing courses in Food Science, Food Technology, Food Engineering, Culinology, or Culinary Arts at a college or higher level.
  5. Candidate must be enrolled in an IFT accredited Food Science Program
  6. Candidate applying for the Dependent Scholarship must have a parent who is an IFT and NYIFT Member 

The Scholarships are awarded to those academically qualified students who are selected by the Awards Committee following personal interviews.  Awards will be presented at “Student Night” on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

Previous recipients are encouraged to continue their participation.


As part of the “Student Night” Program, interested students are encouraged to present their research.  Poster presentations will be judged by the Awards Committee prior to Student Night.  Monetary awards ($750 – first place, $500 – second place and $400 – third place) will be presented to the top three presenters at Student Night on Thursday, February 22, 2024.  All students participating in the Poster presentation are invited to stay for dinner free of charge.

Filing deadline for the poster abstracts is February 8, 2024.  Applications with Abstracts must be emailed as a SINGLE PDF and sent to Ms. Debbie Koch (, Room 107, Food Science Bldg., Rutgers University, no later than February 8, 2024.  Poster Judging will be held on the afternoon of Student Night (February 22).

Again This Year! This year, all those who submit a Poster, will have the opportunity to exhibit their poster at the NYIFT Suppliers Day on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at NJ Expo Center in Edison, NJ

All reasonable material costs associated with preparation of the posters will be reimbursed by the NYIFT.  Reimbursement of expenses will be handled through the Food Science Club.  Receipts for poster supplies are required.

Download NYIFT Poster Competition Application– PDF Version
Download NYIFT Poster Competition Application – Word Document