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.
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.
Corey Anderson – FreshmanUniversity of Louisville
This scholarship means everything to me, a quote that I always go by is…
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney
I plan to use this scholarship by becoming a food scientist with a focus on sports nutrition.
Sydney Balan – UndergraduateDominican University
“Being recognized and awarded by the Chicagoland Food Science Foundation means so much to me.
I am honored to receive this scholarship as I pursue my future career in the Food Industry. Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity!”
Sarah Batka – UndergraduateUniversity of IL
“It is a great honor to have been selected for this award, from a Foundation that is doing so much to support the next generation of food scientists.
I am very grateful for the opportunities this scholarship will be providing for my passion during college.
In obtaining a degree in food science, I am thrilled to continue my studies at UIUC and further work towards achieving my college goals, in order to expand my skill sets and prepare myself for stepping foot into the food industry.”
Dina Graves – UndergraduateClemson University
“I’m so grateful to be a recipient of the CSFS scholarship. It helps tremendously to support my education. I feel that the Chicago food science community has faith in my abilities, and I will continue to strive for excellence.”
Cassandra Hansen – UndergraduateDominican University
“Receiving the CFSF Scholarship is both an honor and exciting opportunity for me. To be recognized for my work by those who are active in the industry in which I hope to work is very meaningful to me.
Additionally, the opportunity to connect to a mentor in a field of interest is so valuable to my journey towards becoming a member of the food and nutrition industry.”
Aya Jabi – UndergraduateUniversity of IL
“I am very thankful to CFSF for providing this opportunity! It is an honor to be one of the scholarship recipients. I have always been passionate about food science and willing to explore the field and discover new concepts.
Thus, seeing that my hard work is acknowledged motivates me to achieve my goals and never give up regardless of the circumstances. Thank you to everyone who contributed and made this possible!”
Michelle Langnickel – UndergraduateUniversity of MN
“Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity in awarding me this scholarship! I am so honored to be selected as a recipient for the second year in a row, and cannot wait to further my education and participation in the field.
I am beyond grateful and excited to be able to accept this award, so thank you for making it possible!”
Taylor Main – UndergraduatePurdue University
“Scholarships are an investment made in someone’s future and are awarded based on the belief that the recipient will succeed.
I am honored and thrilled that there are others who would want to invest in my future and believe in my ability to succeed.
While belief in oneself must come from within, it is exciting that the feeling of confidence spans beyond myself as well.”
Ian Smith – UndergraduateClemson University
“This scholarship is extremely meaningful to my family and me. It allows me to fully concentrate on my studies and reaffirms my dedication to my studies and food science in general.”
Aubrey Dunteman – GraduateUniversity of Illinois
“I am so grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the Chicagoland Food Science Foundation Scholarship. It is such a motivational feeling to be recognized and a wonderful reminder that as students of higher education, we are not alone. The generous support of the foundation strengthens my resolve to pursue a meaningful and impactful future in the food industry.
Thank you so much for helping me to realize that I am valued as a future food scientist and, of course, for the wonderful scholarship which will help me immensely as I progress through one of my final years of graduate school.”
Regina Taefi – GraduateUniversity of Southern California
“The Chicagoland Food Science Foundation Scholarship really means a lot to me. As a first-generation college student, I have been working very hard to put myself through school. Now I will be the first in my family with a graduate degree and a professional career.
This scholarship will help to ease the financial burden of obtaining higher education so that I can focus more on succeeding in my degree and serving my community.”
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