The Food Science Club in the School of Food Science works hard to have the Portland, Oregon industry trip overlap with this conference so that students are able to attend the trade show. NWFPA pays for the travel and registration for the scholarship recipients to attend sessions and the trade show. “This opportunity gave me time to look at what is going on in the industry. I am set on going on to graduate school, but I would highly encourage other students to think about applying for this scholarship and joining the club to go on this,” recommends Amanda.
Amanda is preparing to graduate from the University of Idaho in May. She will then work on a summer internship for Agri Beef where she will be responsible for sampling and data collection, and in the fall she will attend graduate school at either Texas Tech or Kansas State University. She has toured both colleges recently and highlights that both offer different and unique opportunities that will increase her skill set for a career in food microbiology and food safety.
This scholarship has given Amanda more than funding to complete her degree. It has given her an opportunity to demonstrate her public speaking skills, learn more about the food science industry, and gain insight on how government regulations and public policy affect the industry.
Notification will be sent out in the next few weeks for the 2014-2015 scholarship applications; current students should consider applying so that they too can benefit from the award.
by Chanelle Denman