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The IFMA Education Foundation Mission:

To give qualified culinary, marketing, sales, supply chain, and food science students financial support toward completion of education requirements through accredited institutions, enabling career-oriented internships and employment opportunities within IFMA member companies and through the food industry.”


Provide significant scholarship funding to students in the areas of culinary, marketing, sales, supply chain, and food science. Partnerships with some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities have resulted in the awarding of 42, $5,000 scholarships to the following schools for the 2019/2020 school year.

  • Brigham Young University - Hawaii
  • California State Polytechnic University
  • Cornell University
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • Kansas State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Niagara University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Create internship opportunities that will give foodservice manufacturers access to promising young people pursuing careers in foodservice. Discussions with individual schools continue, and several partnerships are up and running for IFMA manufacturers to use as year-round internship resources. It is expected that the scholarship and internship programs will provide the impetus for increased donations by the manufacturer community and beyond.


Create a self-sustaining fund that ensures that 100 percent of donated dollars goes to funding scholarships, a rare accomplishment for 501(c)(3) organizations. IFMA has created a sustainable fund that will cover all administrative costs incurred each year and thereafter. A marketing program to capitalize on the 100% promise is nearing completion.


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