Richard F. Matthews
Honoring former FSHN faculty member who retired in the 1990s. Dr. Matthews was an active member of IFT and supported Florida’s citrus industry through his extension program. The scholarship in his name recognizes outstanding academic and research accomplishments as well as professional potential.
Robert P. Bates
Dr. Bob Bates found food science while doing odd jobs for Dr. Sam Goldblith in the MIT Food Technology Department in 1955. He later earned his BS & PhD in Food Technology from MIT, and has long been a champion of IFT and of Food Science students. He joined the UF FSHN faculty in 1967, and has been Professor Emeritus since his 2004 retirement. This scholarship in his name recognizes a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding research and academic skills.
Dr. Ronald H. Smith
Honoring Dr. Ron Schmidt and his many contributions to IFT FL Section. Faculty and professor Emeritus since 1974, he built an active research, teaching and extension program in dairy food and technology, and for many years volunteered to coach the FSHN Dairy Judging and College Bowl. This scholarship recognizes a graduate student whose extensive professional and leadership activities have benefited the IFT, and the FSHN Department or other organizations.
Neha P. Patel Memorial Travel Grants
These travel grants are given in memory of Neha Patel, to recognize her many years of service to FL-IFT and FSHN. Neha was a graduate of FSHN, a Registered Dietitian, and a long-time volunteer for FL Section. She served on the FL IFT Executive Board from 2009 until her untimely death in 2012, and is remembered as a dedicated and enthusiastic champion of this chapter.
Grady W Chism, Jr
This scholarship recognizes the contributions of Grady Chism, Jr. to Florida’s food industry and to IFT. His son, Dr. Grady Chism III, earned his B.S. degree from FSHN and is a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University. The Chism scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and professional potential among Food Science students.
FIU Hospitality & Food Award
This scholarship is awarded to one FIU, Florida International University, Student from the Chaplin School of Hospitality Management. IFT Florida recognizes the special relationship with FIU, and FIU's continued growth in the food science arena with their Food Incubator Lab, their Food Startup Program for entrepreneurs and more!