Student Club Funding

Food Science Clubs are eligible for $500 each year to use for any of the following:

  • Speakers, including their travel and lodging and other expenses including room reservations and audio visual equipment
  • Banners or table drapes
  • Posters or flyers advertising club events
  • Clothes such as club hats or shirts
  • Other similar items
  • Funds may not be used for food

In order to receive your funding, you must submit in writing a proposal to the Section Chair. Include in the proposal the name of your college, club name, contact information including phone and mailing address, and a short paragraph describing how you will use the funds along with an estimate of what it will cost.
The funding request must be received by the section chair at least one week ahead of the meeting. A representative of the club must attend the board meeting and present your proposal to the Board. If you received funds in the past, please include a short description of how you used the money. Apply early in the year so you can use your funds. Contact your Student Representative if you have questions.

Student Travel Grant Announcement

Student Travel Grants for IFT First, the Annual IFT Event and Expo, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL on July 14-17, 2024 are available again this year.

  • Ten (10) $750 Travel grants are available for students to attend 2024 IFT First Convention.
  • Applications must be received by SCIFTS Student Affairs Chair by June 3, 2024. Recipients will be notified by June 17th.
  • Only SCIFTS or IFT Student members are eligible for travel grants.
  • Grant recipients pay for all applicable expenses up front, and then submit expense reports with a copy of all receipts to the Treasurer.
  • Submit expense reports with a copy of all receipts to the SCIFTS Treasurer by July 30, 2024. Reimbursement request may not be approved if submitted after the deadline.
  • Meals and conference registration fees are NOT reimbursable. Your name must be on hotel and airline receipts.
  • Reimbursement is for in person attendance ONLY.
  • DO NOT SEND applications to National IFT
  • Priority will be given to students who:
    • Are winners of the Mountain West College Bowl, if College Bowl is held in Chicago.
    • Are competing in IFT student competitions, held in Chicago.
    • Are current officers in student Food Science or Nutrition clubs.
    • Volunteered at this year’s SCIFTS Suppliers’ Night or SCFIC.
    • Volunteered at a SCIFTS meetings (September – July).
    • Will serve as a session monitors.
    • Are active in a National IFT Student Chapter.

Submit applications to

For more information contact Jill Golden Student Affairs Chair

Phil Bates Scholarship Awards

SCIFTS will be offering scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year. The awards will provide financial assistance to High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students who are attending or planning to attend a college or university in SCIFTS geographical area (Southern California) majoring in Food Science.

Please Note: Application deadline is May 31, 2024.

Wayne Bidlack Scholarship Award

SCIFTS will be offering the Wayne Bidlack scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year. The award will provide financial assistance to a Graduate Student currently attending Cal Poly Pomona. A $2,000 grant will be awarded to a qualified student who is currently working toward a graduate degree in Nutrition & Food Science.

Please Note: Application deadline is May 31, 2024.

Education and Research Grants

SCIFTS Education and Research Grants are available to educational research institutions that advance food science, nutrition and closely related technologies within the SCIFTS’ geographical area. Funding proposals will be evaluated on the potential contribution to further the knowledge in the fields of food science and nutrition, and on the potential contribution to develop students as competent scientific investigators or educators in these disciplines. The emphasis is to enhance programs that will benefit a large segment of the student population.

Education and Research Grants awarded in May, 2024.

Chapman UniversityDr. Uyen Thuy Xuan Phan$23,001.00Compusense software for sensory tests, FaceReader for consumer emotion analysis, and XLSTAT – Sensory for advanced data analysis.
Chapman UniversityDr. Lillian Sanger$15,000.00Acquisition of an Exhaust collector DT20 for a Kjeldahl unit and consumables for Glycation Food Chemistry Research.
Cal State NorthridgeDr. Rosalia Garcia- Torres$9,500.00Purchase of a freezer dryer for use in valorization of vegetable byproducts and native plants for new product development.
Chapman UniversityDr Rosalee Hellberg$10,000.00Purchase of supplies for the execution and completion of student-led food authenticity research projects-DNA Extraction kits, PCR supplies, Gel Electrophoresis supplies,lab consumables.
Orange Coast CollegeMichelle Tu$5,519.520Purchase the Harvest Right Home Pro XL Freeze Dryer for use in Food Science classes, workshops, and interdepartmental research.