Cyclone Scholars

Iowa State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) has received USDA scholarships for undergraduate multicultural students majoring in Food Science, to prepare students for careers in food safety.

Students considered for this scholarship opportunity must be admitted to Iowa State University, through the standard admissions process. Applicants must also declare a major in food science and identify as a student from an underrepresented group.


Selected Cyclone Scholars will participate in the following experiential learning activities:

  • Learning community experiences and service-learning projects
  • Course-based experiences to complete a Food Safety minor
  • International experience through participation in a study abroad program
  • Assistance for placement in an industry internship

Additional benefits provided to Cyclone Scholars include:

  • $6,500 annual scholarship, renewable for up to three years
  • Laptop computer
  • Social and academic mentoring
  • Food science research experience
  • Summer internship in food industry
  • Funded study abroad experience
  • Career planning and preparation


Window for scholarship applications will close on March 4, 2022

All eligible students are invited to apply for this scholarship by completing the application.

Students must be accepted to Iowa State University and declared a major in Food Science to be considered for this scholarship. Applications, including a statement of career goals, must be submitted by July 31, 2020.

Career Opportunities

The food science career field has fast-growing employment opportunities worldwide. Careers in food science include varied areas such as:

  • Quality assurance
  • Food safety
  • Product development
  • Sales and marketing
  • Corporate leadership

The wide range of options allows students with many talents to find rewarding careers with major food corporations and government, as well as small private companies. The food industry recognizes the need for diversity in their workforce due to the global nature of their businesses.

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Anne Oldham

220 MacKay Hall
2302 Osborn Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1078