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ISBT 2020 Scholarship Recipients

The International Society of Beverage Technologist is pleased to announce the Scholarship winners for the 2020-2021 school year.

Javin Goodine

Javin Goodine, Clemson University

Javin Goodine is a senior at Clemson University and is a first-year ISBT Scholarship recipient.

My name is Javin Goodine and I am a senior food science major at Clemson University from Salisbury, NC. I will be finishing my undergrad this spring and will begin my masters at Clemson in food science this fall. I am an avid Olympic weightlifter and have always had an interest in food development and sports nutrition. I enjoy educating people in health and fitness. I hope to gain employment with Gatorade or some other company that is innovative in sports nutrition.

Presley Huelskamp

Presley Huelskamp, Michigan University

Presley Huelskamp is a junior in the Michigan University School of Packaging and is a first-year ISBT Scholarship recipient.

In January of 2020 I attended Michigan State University's career fair where I went to talk to companies with hope to land an internship. I quickly discovered many companies are trying to become more eco-friendly and have made sustainability goals to accomplish within the next 5 to 10 years. Consumers are starting to realize how dangerous single use plastic is and companies must step up in order to comply with their customers wants and needs. One company that stood out to me was PepsiCo. When interviewing with Pepsi I told them that I was interested in sustainability, but I still have a ton to learn about it. They asked why it interested me so much and I told them, "if you were to take a walk down the sidewalk, the park, or beach the chances of you seeing plastic pollution are very high. Single use plastic is a problem, one that is not going to be solved easily, but needs to be solved soon". When I think of single use plastic I automatically think of beverages — plastic water bottles, soda bottles, Gatorade, Powerade, Lemonade, etc. I am drawn to the beverage industry because we need to do better. Roughly 1.5 billion plastic bottles are bought each day and the majority of those bottles end up in landfills, rivers, lakes, and oceans and are endangering wildlife.

In January of 2021 I will be beginning an internship with PepsiCo in Chicago at their Beverage Plant. This is my opportunity to make a difference, no matter how big or small. I am one who complains about single use plastic. I do my best to avoid using single use plastic, but that only does so much. Being able to get a hands on experience where I will be able to talk to those who manufacture and produce single use bottles will be my opportunity to help make the world more environmentally friendly.

Javier Cruz-Padilla

Javier Cruz-Padilla, Purdue University

Javier Cruz-Padilla is currently pursuing an MS degree at Purdue University and is a first-year ISBT Scholarship recipient.

Javier Cruz-Padilla is conducting research on high protein beverages from different sources in the Purdue Food Science Pilot Plant with aseptic processing system. His Interest in high protein beverages comes from knowing the importance of protein in human's nutrition in order to have a good quality of life. After living in a developing country with high rates of malnutrition due to either low quality or lack of protein sources in most of the local commercial products. He would like to find better ways to process and to be more efficient with the local resources. That's what motivates him to work on seeking better conditions to process protein beverages that could avoid the denaturation of protein and reduce the loss of vitamins in the products. The main research area is the fouling formation in the heat exchanger at different processing conditions in aseptic processing system. The results would provide an insight on the speed of fouling formation and provide optimum cleaning conditions after production. Javier is working on a novel method of Clean-in-Place with microbubbles project that is funded by National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United State Department of Agriculture.

Javier is pursuing his degree under the guidance of Professor Dharmendra Mishra.

Eboni Thomas

Eboni Thomas, Georgia Southern, Emeritus Scholarship

Eboni Thomas is a sophomore at Georgia Southern and is a second-year recipient of the ISBT Emeritus Scholarship.

Members and the Board of Directors of the International Society of Beverage Technologists, I feel extreme gratitude towards the great minds behind the ISBT Emeritus Scholarship for having faith in my abilities and choosing me to be the first recipient of this scholarship. Your generosity and humanitarianism will allow many young curious minds, like myself, to confidently pursue careers in the beverage and science industry. This scholarship will go far in aiding me in my academic journey into a career pertaining to the beverage industry.

The Emeritus Scholarship will aid me in paying for my tuition, and in doing so, it allows me to have more money for books, room and board, food, and other basic necessities that I need to get through the school year. I am currently a sophomore chemistry major at Georgia Southern, and I plan to follow in the footsteps of John S. Pemberton, a local pharmacist and founder of Coca-Cola, so that I can transfer into a pharmacy program to study regulations and clinical pharmacology as well as ingredients for health and wellness, all of which will aid me in promoting heart-healthy drinks.

I chose to be a chemistry major because of my love for the subject and the deep roots it has within the pharmacy and beverage industry. Between now and then, I will actively participate in any clubs or extracurricular activities that pertain to my major. I am currently an active member of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, the Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society, and the Future Pharmacist Association club at my school. I hope to eventually pursue internships in both the beverage and pharmacy industry in hopes of receiving valuable experience to jump start my career in the research and science field.

This research will provide me with direction in setting and meeting goals for internship, volunteer, or community work moving into 2021 and my career thereafter. I currently work as a chemistry teacher assistant at my school and am seeking other job opportunities that would give me both the experience and support I need to continue my education and career.

When I graduate with a doctorate in pharmacy, I will search for job openings in pharmaceutical, food, and beverage industries. This is the reason the ISBT Emeritus Scholarship caught my attention. I admire my mother, who has worked in the beverage industry for over thirty years now. While following in the footsteps of Pemberton is a great idea, ultimately, my inspiration comes from my mother who performs regulatory audits for the Coca-Cola company.