Brendan is a 2023 IFMA Education Foundation scholarship recipient. He attends Michigan State University and is studying Hospitality Business.  


In Bendan's own words:  

I spent 2 years working full time in a kitchen throughout the COVID era.  I ended up helping them start a frozen pizza department during this time where I got to learn valuable information about starting up a business. The trial and error involved piqued my interest in the industry. 

My first job in foodservice was bussing and dropping off chips/salsa at a local Mexican restaurant in Fishers, Indiana. I proceeded to expo at a classic American restaurant and then delivered pizza before going off to college. As mentioned above, I worked in a kitchen for 2 years where I opened/closed the restaurant, prepped food, placed food and inventory orders, trained staff and assisted in starting a new department. After stepping away for a few months to work insurance, I spent a year and half as a server before my most recent internship. 

The scholarship will greatly ease the financial pressure I face for my last two years of school. By spending less time working during the school year, I can concentrate on exceling in class while maximizing what I can contribute to the clubs I have taken leadership positions in.


 About The IFMA Education Foundation  

The IFMA Education Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. The Foundation is committed to giving qualified culinary, marketing or food science students support to complete their education requirements. We accomplish our goal by providing scholarships, publications, educational programs, internships, and stipends to accredited institutions and individuals enrolled in them.  

Support the IFMA Education Foundation and the future of foodservice.