University of Florida
Major: Food Science and Human Nutrition
Sonia Hudson is a senior at the University of Florida. During her time as an undergraduate student, she has remained an active member of the university's chapter of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Club, holding the positions of Vice President of Food Science, Product Development Team Leader and Secretary. Sonia also is a member of the Florida Association of Food Protection. She completed a summer internship in the Research and Development Department at Chiquita Brands International and intends to pursue a master's degree in Food Science.
"The scholarship has helped fund my graduate school application expenses and textbooks for the semester. I'm saving the additional money for my travel expenses for the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo this summer."
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Major: Masters in Agriculture with specialization in Food Science
While earning his undergraduate degree, Jeremy chose to forgo an internship and start his own business. He has gained a wealth of experience through operating The California Bee Company, LLC for the last two years. Jeremy has gained a wealth of experience while creating a valuable business that assists in mitigating the nationwide honeybee shortage. After completing his master's degree, Jeremy plans to pursue a doctorate degree and continue his career as an entrepreneur in the areas of agriculture and food processing.
"This scholarship is much appreciated, because it will allow me to spend less time and effort paying my tuition during my final quarter of classes at Cal Poly. Rather, I will be able to put more quality time into work on my research examining the safety concerns of ozonated water use for sanitation food and bottling lines."
Major: Food Science with a minor in German
Rachel will receive her bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 2011, but she has already accomplished quite a bit. She recently traveled to Coca-Cola Headquarters to and present a demonstration for two beverages she created: A guava lime juice drink and a diet cranberry cherry sparkling water. At Purdue, Rachel serves as a food science envoy, representing the Purdue Food Science Department by giving tours to prospective students and industry professionals. She also participate in the Food Science Club. Rachel is passionate about her studies and looks forward to developing future products and applying her technical training to solve real world problems in the food industry.
"I am so honored and grateful for this scholarship. I am hoping to be able to use it to expand my studies through study abroad."