Student Scholarships

Student Night & Poster Presentations
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
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Poster Presentations & Scholarships for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

The New York Institute of Food Technologists (NYIFT) is proud to announce its 2019-2020 Students Awards Program.  NYIFT with its Central New Jersey subsection will again sponsor scholarship awards at the section level and through the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).  In addition, a Poster Competition will be held in conjunction with Student Night.  These awards represent the NYIFT’s commitment to the growth of up and coming Food Scientists.  These programs are outlined below:

The NYIFT sponsors one Graduate ($1,500) and two Undergraduate ($1,000 each) IFT Scholarships.  Information for these scholarships can be found at 

The NYIFT awards one scholarship to a dependent of an NYIFT or CNJIFT member. Applications must be post-marked by the deadline of December 2, 2019. Download Dependent Scholarship Application

The NYIFT Scholarship Program will seek to award five (5) Graduate Scholarships at $1,500 each and two (2) Undergraduate Scholarships at $1,000 each.
Download GRADUATE Scholarship Application
Download UNDERGRADUATE Scholarship Application

The Program plan is as follows:

January 13, 2020                      FILING DEADLINE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!
Completed applications are to be converted to PDF and sent to Ms. Debbie Koch (, Room 107, Food Science Bldg., Rutgers University, no later than January 13, 2020 .  Applications filed after the deadline will not be considered.

Jan. 2, 2020 – Jan. 13, 2020      Sign up for interview time (please see Ms. Debbie Koch, Dept. of Food Science Office)
January 24, 2020                       Scholarship Interviews and Judging
January 31, 2020                       Alternate date for Scholarship Interviews and Judging (contingent on weather)

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” at the February 12, 2020 meeting, and recipients attend as guests of NYIFT.

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 ($500 – first place, $300 – secondary place and $200 – third place) will be presented to the top three presenters at the Student Night Meeting on February 12, 2020.  All students participating in the Poster presentation at the February meeting are invited to attend the dinner that follows free of charge.

Download Poster Competition Application

Following is a time line for the Poster Competition:

Abstracts must be emailed as a PDF and sent to Ms. Debbie Koch (, Room 107, Food Science Bldg., Rutgers University, no later than January 31, 2020. Please sign up for poster judging time (please see Ms. Debbie Koch, Dept. of Food Science Office)

February 12, 2020     Poster Judging (afternoon before dinner meeting)
All reasonable material costs associated with preparation of the posters will be borne by the NYIFT.  Reimbursement of expenses will be handled through the Food Science Club.  Receipts for poster supplies are required.

We would 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.