The Bluegrass Section IFT is a proud supporter of exceptional students. Every year we award two scholarships to deserving students. The criteria, application, and deadline to apply will be posted here. In addition, students are offered discounted registration rates for Bluegrass Section IFT meetings.

Beyond supporting scholarships and students in higher learning institutions, section members often participate in programs that raise awareness of food science and the food science and technology industry. Section members can be found in K-12 classrooms throughout the Bluegrass area working with younger students to get them excited about food science.

Student members of IFT are encouraged to become involved in the section. The networking offered through section events can be important in the development of your career.


The Clair L. Hicks Food Science Scholarship Fund is part of the Community Foundation’s online scholarship process that awards annually.  This scholarship timeline announces scholarship opportunities on or around December 1st of each year, with a deadline of March 15th each year.

The direct link to the Clair L. Hicks Food Science Scholarship is:

The direct link for to begin General Application (which they must do before they can successfully apply for this scholarship) is: