Founded by Chicago Section IFT in 2015, our purpose is to raise funds for and award scholarships to students intending to work in the food industry.


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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.


Donate as much or as little as you are able, All donations support scholarships!

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Tuesday, September 28th from 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

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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 Seed
CFSF 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 Seed
CFSF'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

Competitive Scholarships—College

Scholarships directed to freshmen, undergraduate, and graduate school students to develop and promote the current and next generation of food and
beverage industry professionals.

JBT Scholarship

Outstanding Food Science Students at the U of I are recognized and awarded $2,000 each of the years in college. View Website

RAP Scholarship

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

4-H Club Food Science

4-H provides kids with community, mentors, and learning opportunities to develop the skills they need to create positive change in their lives and communities. 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

Feeding Tomorrow Educator Program

Designed specifically for educators, this event is a workshop full of fun and valuable knowledge about the science of food. View Website

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Learn More about 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Sanjana Kumar – Freshman
Alaina Cox – Graduate
Sara Thomason – Undergraduate
Christine Lee – Undergraduate
Eric Fan – Undergraduate
Zylle Constantino – Undergraduate
Paige Chew – Undergraduate
Nathan Chen – Undergraduate
Yusra Ansari – Undergraduate
Sarah Batka – Undergraduate
Evelyn Rios – Freshman
Max Rallo – Freshman
Christopher Reusz – Graduate


Below are the testimonials from the 2021 Scholarship recipients.

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