2019 OVIFT Scholarships Available

Two $3,000 graduate scholarships
Up to three $2,000 graduate scholarships
One $2,000 undergraduate Scholarship

Please e-mail OVIFT at by March 12th, 2019 with this application, transcripts, and a letter of recommendation; incomplete applications will be disqualified. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the OVIFT Food Science Spring Research Forum & Poster Competition on April 2nd, 2019.

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Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship Applications Now Open

The application process is quick and easy, and it allows students to apply for dozens of scholarships with a single application. There are scholarships for everyone, no matter what stage they are in their academic career. Click here to check out the scholarships being awarded this year. Applications are due by February 28, 2019.


2018 OVIFT Food Science Spring Research Form & Poster Competition Winners

Graduate Category

First Place $3000
Emily Holman – Increased Yield and Stability of Antimicrobial Production of Paenibacillin in Paenibacillus polymyxa OSY-DF through Aminoglycoside Antibiotic Screening

Finalists (in NO particular order) $2000
Meredith Myers – Comparison of shelf stability, consumer acceptance and anthocyanin retention of blueberry extract and whole blueberry powder confections designed for a future clinical trial

Matthew Teegarden – Profiling the impact of thermal processing on black raspberry phytochemicals using untargeted metabolomics

Kathryn Williamson – Application of Magnetic Resonance for the analysis of the lipid fraction of green and roasted Coffea Arabica

Mackenzie Hammum – Investigation and development of a task-independent engagement questionnaire to be used in sensory evaluations

Geoff Dubrow – Understanding Consumer Acceptability through Flavoromics

Undergraduate Category

First Place $1500
Dan Sosh – Investigating the impact of functional pretzel snack on satiety in postmenopausal women with metabolic syndrome

Finalist (in NO particular order) $1000
Anna Schmenk – Handheld Sensors: Testing the Next Generation of Quality Assurance Devices for the Soybean Industry

Morgan Whitecotton – Comparative punctate tactile sensitivity reveals human tongue is more sensitive than fingertip

Karli Van Simaeys – Evaluation of Alphabet Stimuli Using Anterior Tongue and Fingertip


Scholarship Winners

  • Dr. Grady Chism III OSU Undergraduate Scholarship $3,000 – Ayna Arora
  • John Litchfield Graduate Fellowship $3,000 – Didem Peren Aykas
  • $2,000 OVIFT scholarship to deserving Graduate Students – Makenzie Hannum, Geoff Dubrow & Meredith Myers
  • OVIFT Undergraduate Scholarship $2,000 – Morgan Whitecotton

Building a Stronger Future

Since 1985, Feeding Tomorrow has worked to ensure that the vital work of food scientists continue, and carry on to the next generation. Feeding Tomorrow has funded more than $10 million is food science programs, and distributed more than 4,000 scholarships to students pursing undergraduate and graduate food science degrees. In partnership with Discovery Education, Feeding Tomorrow provided food science resources to nearly 18,000 public high schools throughout the U.S.

Feeding Tomorrow knows that food scientists will be vital to addressing the complex issues of our food system, such as the shortage of essential resources required to feed our growing population. Therefore, we aim to introduce food science to students as young as grammar school, and encourage them to explore food science as a future career through our various programs.