Annual Auction Funds Foodservice Communications Scholarships

Scholarship auction
The 2017 Auction for Scholarships kicked off with a spring mini-auction. The BIG one coming in Boulder.

IFEC awards scholarships annually to promising students with experience and/or education in the combination of foodservice, food and the communication arts. We intend to encourage the entry of well-qualified individuals into the fields of journalism and public relations within the food/ foodservice industries. This is in keeping with our belief  that competent communications professionals make substantial contributions to the welfare and advancement of society.

In addition to student scholarships, auction proceeds help underwrite professional development grants to qualified IFEC members for continuing education activities.

To donate to this year's auction download this form and return it along with any image of the item to Tom O'Brien, This year's auction will be fast paced, on-site silent auction bidding. Be prepared to outbid your friends and colleagues to help make student's dreams realities.


Thanks to donors and bidders and special thanks to The Culinary Institute of America for sponsoring the 2015 and 2016 auctions.





About the scholarship program

Applications and information about qualifications for IFEC Foodservice Communications Scholarships are available on  Students in good standing in a degree-granting program of a post-secondary institution whose studies and experience combine food, foodservice and the communication arts are eligible. Deadline for submitting applications is March 15th.

Awards range in amounts of from $250 - $6,000. Since the scholarship program began in 1990, IFEC has helped more than 100 students realize their career hopes and dreams. Recipients hold a variety of positions today, including editor of a major foodservice publication; senior account executive of an influential food PR agency; publicist/nutrition specialist with a large PR firm; foodservice consultant and founder of a national association of research chefs; and food & restaurant writer for a leading consumer food magazine.

Tuition assistance for members

The scholarship fund also provides financial assistance to qualified IFEC members who are pursuing professional development activities. Assistance is in the form of reimbursement of documented tuition costs. Members have used their awards to take courses and seminars in writing, cooking, wine-pairing, website development, marketing, editing, social media, and more.

IFEC is a non-profit, membership association of 250 communications professionals working with and within the foodservice industry media.Through its scholarship program and other educational activities, IFEC aims to encourage high professional standards among those working as journalists and public relations professionals in the industry.  Auction donations are not tax-deductible but may be considered business expenses. Consult your tax professional.