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IFSEA is dedicated to helping students pursuing a career in the food service and hospitality industry. Through our partnership, with the Worthy Goal Scholarship and Kae DeBrent Hodges Fund, IFSEA offers scholarships to high school graduates, undergraduate students, and vocational school students.  Whether you're just starting the field or enhancing your career, there are financial aid opportunities available.
Deadline: March 31, 2024

worthy goal Scholarship

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IFSEA Worthy Goal Scholarships are typically awarded in the amounts between $500 to $2500 on an annual basis to students enrolled in an accredited food service/hospitality, or other related degree, at an institution of higher education.  The scholarship may be used for the purpose of paying tuition and other mandatory fees related to purusing an accredited degree in Food Service or Hospitality Management. This scholarship is open to students enrolled or accepted as full-time students at a two or four-year college/university. It is awarded every Spring for the following Fall semester.

Named Scholarships

There are currently 8 scholarships named after those who provided the funds or another entity funded an annual scholarship in their honor.  Those are:
Aloha Hawaii Branch - $2000
Faulstitch Family - $2000
South Carolina Palmetto Branch - $2000
Detroit Branch - $1000
Dunsmoor Family - $1000
Guam Branch - $10L00
Lowe Family - $1000
Reno-Tahoe Branch - $1000
Those scholarships must be given in those amounts.  The rest of the funds, usually a total of about $25,000, can be given in any amount as determined by the WG Board.


Annually, IFSEA accepts applications up until March 31st.. Selections and presentations are then made at our international conference, and the scholarship awards are forwarded to the appropriate educational institutions earmarked for the specific student. An applicant need not be a member of IFSEA to be considered for a grant.

IFSEA and the Worthy Goal Scholarship Fund have been dedicated to the objective of aiding students and young professionals since the fund was established in 1968. It is governed fairly by six trustees who work as volunteers. This lowers administrative costs, maximizing the funding for scholarships.

Applications are due March 31, 2024.  Instructions are listed on the application.  

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*Financial Forms to submit with scholarship application:  Financial Statement Form  |  Income Form


The goal of the Kae deBrent Hodges Fund, which was funded by money from her estate, is to further the education of food service industry students, by providing financial support and encouragement for today and tomorrow's food service professionals.    

For a number of years the Kae Fund supported the IFSEA Conference so that students could compete in a culinary competition, attend seminars, and receive awards for their efforts during the year.  

Now, the Kae Fund is providing $1500 per student branch which wishes to attend the Veteran's Support Network Military Culinary Competition in Washington, DC each September.  In 2017, SUNY Delhi and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore were awarded scholarships. The Fund also provided a $500 prize for the top scoring student branch in the competition.

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