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Department of Food Science and Technology


FST Awards over $185,000 to Undergraduates

Aug. 31, 2020

In a year when much of the news has been negative, many undergraduates in the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) will begin the year on a more positive note. FST's substantial scholarship program awarded $185,250 to its undergraduates for the 2020-2021 year!

Curious about what a food scientist studies? Food science students are foodies who use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and psychology to design better food products for the market. This broad discipline encompasses food processing and packaging, food safety, sensory studies, and more. FST offers three majors: Food Science and Technology, Food Business Management, and Culinary Science. From food product development to product marketing to culinary preparation, our graduates help to feed the world.   

FST congratulates our undergraduate scholarship awardees:
Blackmore Food Science Scholarship: Kirsten Lower
Culinary Science Scholarship: Ronnie Simmons
David H. and Virginia Russ Brown Scholarship: Philip Eberly
Donald E. Yingst Scholarship: Gabriella Gephart
Forbes Leadership Award and Scholarship Fund: Cameron Jordan
George Harper Memorial Fund: Naomi Chongsiriwatan
Glen Goltz Scholarship Fund: Naomi Chongsiriwatan
Julie Ann Klein Award in Food Science and Nutrition: Annabelle Adkins
Lynn F. Jennings Memorial Scholarship: Madeline Baker, Megan Nolan, Benjamin Ross, Joey Schemer, Nathan Stevens
Michael and Marilyn Mangino Food Science Scholarship: Brenna Kilbarger
Ohio Agribusiness Association Food Science Scholarship: Hannah Smith
Ohio Valley Section-Institute of Food Technology Scholarship Fund: Nicole Brokschmidt
Richard Shroyer and Cheryl Evans Leiss Family Fund: Patrick O’Toole
Robert B. Stoltz Memorial Fund: James Chung
Ross/Abbott Laboratories Undergraduate Minority Endowment Scholarship: Natalia Jaspeado Becerra
The Eloise B. Harper Scholarship Fund in Food Science and Technology: Marissa Perry
The Judy and Neil Stemley Scholarship Fund: Cameron Rich
The Louis H. and Lillian B. Burgwald Memorial Fund: Yesen Cheng, Nolan Gast, Tyler Knoth,
The Sue and Walt Bailey Endowed Scholarship: Isabelle Hall, Thania Ortiz Santiago
The Velvet Ice Cream & Dager Family Scholarship in Food Science & Technology: Emily Thimmes
The Wilbur V. and Frances L. Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund: Betsy Cunningham
The William and Sandra Hildebolt Innovation and Entrepreneurial Endowed Fund: Meegan Gould
Thomas and Patricia Brundige Food Science and Technology Program Fund: Lauren Ma
Wayne E. and Mildred K. Smith Endowment Fund: Rachel Barrett, Angela Burdine, Ansley Burtch, Anna Carrol, Noah Dameron, Andrea Esselburn, Jacqui Fox, Nicholas Fox, Lindsey Hancock, Petar Kolev, Celeste Miller, Nathan Stevens, Sakura Sugiyama, Eric Teodosio, Sarah Thomas, Songyi Yoo
Wilbur Waite Canaga Memorial Fund: Lydia Tantalo

After graduation, our alumni go on to successful careers with companies including General Mills, Nestle, Abbott, and The J.M. Smucker Company, among others. Other graduates choose to start their own businesses. Several of FST’s scholarship funds were established by successful alumni who wanted to give back by funding future food scientists. FST graduate William Hildebolt went on to become Vice President of Research and Development at Campbell’s Soup, where he led the development of Prego spaghetti sauce. To give back to his alma mater, he established The William and Sandra Hildebolt Innovation and Entrepreneurial Endowed Fund. Alumni and entrepreneurs Thomas and Patricia Brundige founded Total Ultimate Foods, which became one of the leading manufacturers of dry food products in the industry. In 1998, Thomas’s family and friends established the Thomas P. and Patricia L. Brundige Food Science and Technology Program Fund in his memory.

Do you love food and science? Are you interested in learning more about a major in FST? Read more about our program at