Joel Morgan, recipient of an IFMA Educational Foundation Scholarship in 2012, is a Kansas State University junior from Wichita, Kansas. Find out what he had to say when we asked him a few questions about his scholarship and future career.
How has the scholarship enabled you?
This scholarship has given me the opportunity to further my studies at Kansas State by providing me the financial stability I need.
I hope to obtain a registered dietitian position either in the hospitality/foodservice industry or in a clinical setting.
What was your first job in foodservice?
My first job in foodservice was working production at Pizza Hut while I was attending Wichita Northwest High School. While in college, I have been working as an undergraduate management assistant at Kramer Dining Center.
After graduation, what is the position you are hoping to get?
I have an open mind when it comes to my future. I hope to obtain a registered dietitian position either in the hospitality/foodservice industry or in a clinical setting. My greatest weakness is that I have the desire to do so much that it has made it hard for me to make a precise decision. I just hope to be in a position that will challenge my skill set and be rewarding at the same time.
Do you have a mentor? How have they helped you?
I have a few mentors that I have looked up to when it comes to my advancement in dietetics. First and foremost my advisor Dr. Deb Canter has been a huge help with my studies and answering all my questions. She has greatly impacted some of the decisions that I have made.
At work, Sheryl Klobasa, John Pence and Missy Schrader have all been mentors to me. They have helped me grow in many ways since I first started working for Kramer Dining Center. They are great resources, and I feel that they all equally can help me with anything if I need it.
What are your hobbies?
Weightlifting and reading.
What is your favorite meal?
Homemade biscuits and sausage gravy.
About The IFMA Educational Foundation
The IFMA Educational Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. The Foundation is committed to give qualified culinary, marketing or food science students support toward completion of education requirements. Over the years, we've accomplished our goal by providing scholarships, publications, educational programs, internships and stipends to accredited institutions and individuals enrolled in accredited institutions.
Do you want to support the next generation of foodservice by making a donation to IFMA's Educational Foundation? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.