Founded by Chicago Section IFT in 2015, CFSF develops and promotes the current and next generation of food and beverage industry professionals by providing scholarships and donating to organizations that support our mission and vision.
How You Can Help
Join Our Team
Volunteer in the planning of fund-raising events, serve as a juror in the competitive scholarship program or join our leadership team.
Become a Sponsor
Foundation sponsors provide funds that support all of our scholarship programs.
What We Do
Inspiring all ages to be engaged in the science of food
CFSF is a 501c3 organization that serves as the Foundation of Chicago Section IFT.
We support awareness programs to engage students in the science of food and provide scholarships.
Planting the SeedCFSF inspires awareness of the science of food in Illinois' students through K-12 programs designed to educate and excite. We are also supporting our mission with ongoing educator engagement and curriculum development.
Nurturing the SeedCFSF's flagship program is designed to support the next generation of food and beverage professionals in their higher level education aspirations as well as their involvement in the food industry. Initiated originally by CSIFT, CFSF has continued to expand our giving and goals.
Who We Support
Scholarships directed to freshmen, undergraduate, and graduate school students to develop and promote the current and next generation of food and
beverage industry professionals.
The U of I Research Apprentice Program is designed to recruit promising high school students from diverse and under-represented backgrounds and place them in summer internships on campus . View Website
Celebrating High School Innovators
The competition identifies, fosters, and celebrates Illinois high school students whose contributions are exceptional and inspirational in health and nutrition. View Website
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
A college preparatory high school that provides opportunities for diverse students from across the city to study agriculture with the goal of developing marketable skills as well as college level competencies. View Website
Expanding Your Horizons
A one day symposium for middle school girls to engage in exciting and diverse experiences that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers have to offer. View Website
Below are the testimonials from the 2021 Scholarship recipients.
Ava Weyrich – UndergraduateUniversity of Kentucky
Receiving this scholarship is allowing me to continue the pursuit of my bachelors in Food Science. Without its aid I would not be able to pursue the most amazing major at my dream school. I am beyond grateful for all the opportunities this scholarship has allowed me to achieve and cannot wait to see what the future holds for me.
Ian Smith – UndergraduateClemson University
Thank you to all who contributed to making this scholarship possible. This enables me to continue my studies and also helps my younger siblings be able to continue theirs as well. I can now, more than ever, focus fully on my academics in order to maximize my education.
Hunter Adams – FreshmanPurdue University
I am proud of this accomplishment and my future goals in Food Science where I want to make world’s food supply abundant as well as safe.
Karin Cho – GraduateIowa State University
It is an honor to be selected for the 2021-2022 Chicagoland Food Science Foundation Scholarship. Receiving this scholarship has helped me fund my graduate education in Food Science and Technology, and let me realize how far I have come from dreaming to pursuing a career in food science. I am grateful for my peers, family, and friends, who have and continue to support me through this journey.
Christopher Reusz – GraduateNorth Carolina University
I sincerely appreciate the support of all those who value higher education and selflessly dedicated their interests to the success of my studies and career goals! I am humbled by your generosity and encouraged to join you in expanding the food industry.
Sarah Batka – FreshmanUniversity of IL
Receiving this scholarship is a great honor. I am grateful to have been selected for this opportunity to gain assistance in my college tuition. As a food science major at UIUC, I intend to use the skills I gain in the classroom to innovate and make a positive impact on the way food is chemically enhanced. After college, my goal is to eventually progress towards becoming a flavor chemist. Food science in general really intrigues me and is something I am passionate to study, so I am delighted to have the help of the CFSF to aid in supporting my college goals.
Michelle Langnickel – UndergraduateUniversity of MN
I was so honored to find out that I was chosen as the recipient of this scholarship. I hope to give back and help out as you all have helped me. Thank you so much for this opportunity, I am beyond grateful!
Aubrey Dunteman – GraduateUniversity of IL
I am honored to have been selected as a recipient of this scholarship. Not only does it further motivate me to explore my passion within the realm of food science, but it serves as a great reminder that one should never doubt themselves. I believe many of us over the past year have experienced hardship and a feeling that we are not accomplishing enough, but such generous support and recognition from the Chicagoland Food Science Foundation has truly strengthened my confidence in my abilities as a future food scientist. To fellow students, accept those opportunities that you may otherwise pass up for fear of inadequacy! University will be difficult and testing at times, but we are all in pursuit of an education to make an impact in the world, so remember not to minimize your accomplishments that have helped you to get where you are!
Dina Graves – UndergraduateClemson University
I am very thankful to be a recipient of the Chicagoland Food Science Foundation Scholarship! Winning this scholarship inspires me to work even harder towards my degree. I am tremendously grateful for the Chicagoland Food Science Foundation and everyone that make this scholarship available.
Samantha Golemba – FreshmanUniversity of IL
First off, I just want to say thank you for choosing me to represent this foundation and giving me the opportunity for this scholarship. Nutrition and understanding the effects food has on the body is something that I am very passionate about. Being able to represent a foundation that is involved with and surrounded around my passion is something I am super grateful for. Thanks again for giving me this opportunity and providing me with this wonderful experience!
Gwendoline Balto – UndergraduateUniversity of IL
It is an honor to be a recipient of this scholarship as it is an acknowledgment of my hard work, success, and passion as a student. However, it also fosters my growth as a well-rounded individual with other life roles such as being a daughter, sister, and friend. The financial support ensures educational opportunities, but it also provides me the chance to dedicate necessary time and energy to the relationships and people that have been neglected due to work hours as a means of securing rent and loan payments. My career requires more than education knowledge; the empathy, selflessness, and compassion I experience and exercise within my social relationships is imperative to my work as a future registered dietitian.
Zhenya Evans – UndergraduateUniversity of IL
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for this honorable award. With generous support like this, I will be able to achieve my education goals and obtain a degree in a field I am passionate about. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all and wish you and your families all the best.
Lauren Bock – UndergraduateSt. Mary’s College
Receiving this scholarship will provide me with the means to continue to further my education at Saint Mary’s College and one day pursue a career in the food industry. My education has allowed me to gain many of the necessary skills for a successful career in this industry, but my passion lies in inspiring change in my surrounding community and the world. Innovation and creativity can pay dividends in the creation of new products and I hope to channel my own creativity to make a significant impact in the food industry in the future. One day I hope to give back to this scholarship fund and help another student pursue their goals. I am both honored and grateful to be the recipient of the 2021-2022 CFSF scholarship.