.What is the Professional Development Award?
IFEC offers financial assistance to qualified IFEC members in the form of reimbursements for tuition or fees for continuing education/professional development activities.

Who is Eligible?
An IFEC member who has been a member for at least three consecutive years is eligible for expense reimbursement. Current board members and professional development committee members are ineligible.

Qualified IFEC members are eligible to apply/receive an award every three years with a maximum lifetime amount on awards to any IFEC member not to exceed $5000.

Maximum Award

Members may apply for an award up to $1000.

What activities are eligible for reimbursement?

Seminars, conferences, workshops, conventions, continuing education courses, advanced degrees, or specialized technology training in the fields of food, public relations, journalism, marketing communications and related areas that can be expected to enhance your professional skills and knowledge are eligible. Travel, lodging, and related expenses are not eligible.

Three IFECers receive 2017 Professional Development Awards

Congratulations to Amelia Levin (freelance writer ), who was awarded $799 to pursue the American Fitness Professional & Associates (AFPA) Holistic Nutritionist Certification program; Bill Schreiber (Bissell Street Public Relations ), who will use his $1,000 award for the Designing Social Media Strategy course as a part of the Integrated Marketing Certificate at The University of Chicago; and Jami Yanoski ( Y Marketing, LLC), whose $500 will cover a cooking class in Barcelona.

IFECers with at least 3 years of membership are eligible for awards of up to $1,000 to help underwrite tuition for educational activities that are expected to increase their professional skills. Recipients are asked to share their learnings with the membership. Applications for next year’s awards will be posted on the website in August.

Thanks to Awards Committee Chair Megan Mc Kenna (National Watermelon Promotion Board) and members Kay Orde (National Culinary Review & Sizzle) and Courtney Romano (Romano & Associates, LLC) for their work.

 A Professional Development Award can be applied towards fees for most any organized learning experience related to foodservice or the communications arts.

What are the criteria for reimbursement?
Applicants must complete the official application, which requires the following:

*The name of the activity for which you are applying for reimbursement and a complete description of the event

*The website for the activity

*The date, location and estimated cost for tuition or fees for the activity.

*A brief summary of how you anticipate participation in this event will benefit you by significantly increasing your knowledge or skills in the area of foodservice editorial or in the foodservice promotional/educational arena.

What is expected in return?
Successful applicants will be asked to:

*Write an article for the IFEC newsletter/website sharing insights gained from which others can benefit

*Provide some form of community service back to IFEC, such as working on a committee or mentoring a scholarship student

Application & Award Timeline
• The applicant will submit the application form and narratives as required by April 15th.

• Applicants will be notified as to their status by June 1st.

• Expense reimbursements will be distributed following the applicant's proof of participation and submission of invoice within one year of the committee's approval.

• Applicant will submit his "sharing of learnings" within three months of receiving reimbursement.

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