Apply for CFSEC Student Scholarship

“This was my first conference, and I honestly do not think that I could have had a better experience seeing how passionate this community is to keep consumers safe.”

Trista G., 2019 Conference Scholarship Recipient, Louisiana State University, School of Nutrition and Food Science

Education is at the heart of our mission and we are very excited to announce that, with the support of USDA NIFA, the 2021 Consumer Food Safety Education Virtual Conference is accepting applications for student scholarships.  Applications will be accepted from full-time graduate and undergraduate students from the disciplines of:

  • food safety
  • food microbiology
  • public health
  • environmental health

Why you should attend

  • A quality program. This conference is the place to learn about consumer home food safety behavior and ways to cut through clutter to connect people to preventive health messages. 
  • Networking. This is your opportunity to network with food safety and health leaders from across the United States. According to the Harvard Business Review, “professional networks lead to more job and business opportunities, broader and deeper knowledge, improved capacity to innovate, faster advancement, and greater status and authority”.
  • It’s virtual! You can have a great experience without leaving the house.

What scholars receive

  • Waived registration to attend the live 2021 conference, March 10-12, 2021 (value of $49).
  • A valuable 25-minute introduction and 1-on-1 virtual mentoring session with a senior food safety scientific or communications expert from government, industry, or non-profit sectors
  • A post-conference invitation to be part of a student BAC Fighter ambassador group through the Partnership for Food Safety Education.


How to apply

It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Fill out the online application no later than 10 p.m. Eastern on February 18, 2021.
  2. Upload two original social media draft posts (prepared by you) that you believe would support people in improving their home food safety and hand hygiene behaviors. Include in the document your answers to these two questions:
    • Who is your intended audience for those posts?
    • What makes this an effective social media post for promoting safe food handling or hand hygiene?
  3. Provide a letter of recommendation from a faculty member emailed from a university email account to attn: Julie Schrei.  The letter of recommendation should be provided within 4 days of you uploading your application form.

Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a committee of volunteers who are involved with the work of the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education. Notification will go out to virtual conference scholarship winners on or around March 3, 2021.

For questions or more information, please contact Julie Schrei at

We are not able to extend deadlines.  Thanks very much for your interest.

Application Form

There are four (4) required components to the scholarship application:

  1. This application form;
  2. A Word document (upload within the form) with two proposed original social media posts and your answer to these questions:
    • Who is the audience for this post?
    • What makes this an effective post for promoting safe food handling or hand hygiene?
  3. A recent head and shoulders photo of you with resolution of 300 dpi or higher (upload within the form);
  4. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member, sent from a university email address, to with student’s name in subject line.  All application items must be received by PFSE by no later than 10pm Eastern on February 18, 2021.  Questions should be directed to attn: Julie Schrei at


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Scholarships will only be awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate students from the disciplines of food safety, food microbiology, public health and environmental health.

Application deadline: February 18, 2021

All required items must be submitted in order for your application to be viable.  Thank you.

This work is/was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, AFRI project 2020-06179.