Congratulations to NAFFS Scholarship Award Winners

The NAFFS scholarship program is bigger than ever! With $15,000 in scholarship money for students around the country, NAFFS expanded its award program in 2016 to include five universities.

On September 8 East Coast Scholarship Chair Al Roth of Sethness Products Company and NAFFS Executive Director Bob Bauer presented awards to Rutgers University undergraduate student Olivia Robertson and graduate student Tian Yuyang at a luncheon hosted by Dr. Karl Matthews, Professor and Chair, Department of Food Science. Undergraduate instructor Chitra Ponnusamy was on hand to congratulate the students.

On September 9 West Coast Scholarship Chair Patrick Imburgia of Mission Flavors & Fragrances presented Shauna Salcido-Keamo and Anjali Sarath of Chapman University with scholarship awards from NAFFS. On hand to recognize the students were Andrew Lyon, Ph.D., Dean of the Schmid College of Science & Technology; Lilian Were, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Rosalee Hellberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor; and Anuradha Prakash, Ph.D., Food Science Program Director at Chapman, as well as Maria Olson, Maria Meza-Verdesota and Caitlyn Leahy of Mission Flavors.

An awards presentation to Michigan State students Shelby Cieslinski, Elizabeth Brock and Erin Hand is scheduled for October 14. Mid-West Scholarship Chair John Weaver of Kalsec will present the awards.

Two additional schools – Cornell University and the University of Illinois – are in the process of selecting recipients to receive 2016 awards.

NAFFS extends its sincere congratulations to the outstanding students and thanks the many member companies who have generously supported this effort and fueled the growth of this program.

In the group photo, from left to right:

Andrew Lyon, Ph.D, Dean of the Schmid College of Science & Technology; Maria Olson, Mission Flavors; Shauna Salcido-Keamo, Food Science graduate student; Lilian Were, Ph.D. Associate Professor; Anjali Sarath, Food Science graduate student; Dr. Prakash, Food Science Program Director; Patrick Imburgia, Mission Flavors; Maria Meza-Verdesoto, Mission Flavors; Caitlyn Leahy, Mission Flavors; Rosalee Hellberg, Ph.D. Associate Professor.

In the group photo, from left to right:

Al Roth, Sethness Products Company; Olivia Robertson, Rutgers University undergraduate student; Tian Yuyang, Rutgers University graduate student, Chitra Ponnusamy, Undergraduate Instructor; Dr. Karl Matthews, Professor and Chair, Department of Food Science, Rutgers University.

Keith R. Cadwallader, Ph.D; Yanina Pepino, Asst. Professor of Ingestive Behavior; Dana Dubinski, scholarship recipient; Arthur Curran, Citrus & Allied Essences; Sharon M. Nikols-Richardson, Ph.D. Professor and Department Head

Arthur Curran, Citrus & Allied Essences and Maya Nienaber, Junior Human Nutrition

NAFFS’ scholarship support helps universities with strong food science programs to:

  • Provide quality programs
  • Attract the brightest students
  • Support cutting-edge research
  • Provide highly qualified food scientists and nutritionists for the food industry workforce.

NAFFS thanks the generous companies participating in the Scholarship Awards Program.

2016 Scholarship Sponsors

Allen Flavors



Citrus & Allied Essences

David Michael & Co.

Flavor & Fragrance Specialties

Global Essence

Gold Coast Ingredients


KLW Plastics

Mission Flavors

National Flavors

Prime Ingredients

Savoury Systems International

Scarinci & Hollenbeck

Vigon International

2017 Scholarship Sponsors (to date)


Excellentia International

Flavor & Fragrance Specialties

Frutarom USA

National Flavors

Prime Ingredients

Become a 2017 Scholarship Sponsor here.

Donations are under way for the NAFFS 2017 Annual Awards program.

Please contribute to this valuable program so we can continue to attract the brightest students and support the future of our food industry workforce.

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