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2017 Sue Ling Gin Charitable Trust Scholarship
Ivo Hauck

Dear IFSA, my name is Ivo Hauck, and I am currently studying a part-time Master of Professional Studies in Food Safety in my second year at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. My Masters enables me to learn and apply regulatory requirements but will also develop and strengthens my knowledge in Food Safety Management. I have developed a great passion and fascination over the years for the diverse Airline Catering Industry which I work in as a Food Technologist. My practical skills as a trained chef enormously supported my passion of combining cooking and science which helps me to work with our chefs and diverse range of food suppliers collaboratively.

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 2017 Sue Ling Gin Charitable Trust Scholarship
Ryan Franklin

My name is Ryan Franklin and I am a sophomore currently attending Prairie View A&M University, also known as PVAMU, located in Prairie View, Texas. PV is a Historically Black College and it has helped me grow into a beautiful, intelligent and strong Black woman. I am a Sociology major with the intention of being a part of the FBI working in the Human Trafficking Department. By being apart of the FBI, I am willing to put my life on the line for the betterment of my community as well as society. Social Change agents like myself are high in demand but low in supply. I am so grateful for this scholarship because it has allowed me to get one step closer to my dream. Thank you again!

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2017 Alphonse Joseph Scholarship 

Brian Fay

My name is Brian Fay and I am currently enrolled in St. Mary’s University in Minnesota’s online masters of accounting program. I am in my third course of the program where I have acquired a 4.0 GPA through two courses. I have chosen the Masters of Science in Accountancy program to refine my accounting knowledge in my pursuit of the CPA certification.  I completed my bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Northeastern Illinois University in May 2016 with a 3.30 GPA.  I discovered the IFSA scholarship program through my current employer, Flying Food Group. I am the billing and reconciliation coordinator and have been with Flying Food Group since February 2016.  My main tasks are to reconcile multimillion dollar accounts to ensure that the billing process is timely and accurate. I also train new billing personnel about our billing system FAIRS. In my free time I enjoy biking, fishing, swimming, lift weights, play basketball, softball, and I enjoy cooking. I am honored to be selected by Sandra Pineau-Boddison for the 2017 Alphonse Joseph Scholarship as it greatly relieves the financial burden of tuition and related supplies.  

2017 Delta Air Lines, Inc. Scholarship 

Kate Krueger

My name is Kate Krueger; I am so thankful to be selected for this scholarship that will allow me the opportunity to pursue my dream of studying Culinary Arts at Kendall College in Chicago, Illinois. I am sixteen years old, and a recent high school “early” graduate. I have been interning “in the field” for a few years already under the leadership of an incredible mentor chef, and it has shown me that I truly want to excel in the culinary field. The possibilities for my future are exciting, and once again, I am truly thankful for this scholarship that will help me reach my dreams and goals someday soon!

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2017 DFS, Inc. Scholarship 

Amanda Myles

My name is Amanda Myles, and I am from Douglasville, Ga. I am a Junior attending Auburn University, and I am majoring in Biomedical Sciences and English. I plan on attending medical school in pursuit of becoming a surgeon. I am interested in general surgery as well as orthopedic surgery. Medicine has interested me for a long time, and the possibility that I could dedicate my life to helping others motivates me greatly. Additionally, I enjoy reading, writing and discussing literature, which is a nice contrast to the objectivity and empirical aspects of the sciences. I am interested in service and promoting healthy lifestyles, and those passions are evident in my leadership within organizations such as Auburn University Dance Marathon and Alpha Epsilon Delta. I also enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, and playing with my dog.

2017 dnata Scholarship 

Britney Longmiles

I am Britney Longmiles, daughter of Regina Cunningham and Harold Longmiles as well as the granddaughter of Ira Coffman. Senior at Cayuga High School. I'm top student and leader. I am a active member of the varsity basketball & varsity track team. I was the basketball captain for my junior and senior years. I have been the class president for my freshman, junior and senior years of high school. I participate in CX Debate, UIL, Model United Nations, FCCLA, Interact Club, and student council. I am a member of the National Honor Society & Top Teens of America. I received student of the month for the month of March. I am the youth church leader for New Bethel Baptist Church! I help raise money along with my church group to help feed the hungry in Africa. I volunteer as a basketball coach for Little Dribblers and volunteer with PAL at the Child Protectives Service Department. I am now attending Texas State University starting this Fall of 2017 and will be majoring in Nursing.

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2017 gategroup Scholarship 

Douglas Ronald Nguuza Karugonjo

My name is Douglas Karugonjo. A Ugandan national based in United Arab Emirates. An experienced Quality Assurance Coordinator working at Alpha Flight Service located at Sharjah International Airport. Continually gaining a demonstrated history of working within the airlines/aviation industry I also find delight in assuring that our customers receive the utmost satisfaction from a service quality perspective. Fun, social, outgoing and a fan of wildlife and the environment, I am quite the enthusiast and optimist.

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2017 Gourmet Foods Scholarship 

Alhassan Elbarrasse

Alhassan Elbarasse is pursuing his MBA from George Washington University's School of Business, expected to graduate in 2019. He is currently the Director of Human Resources, Rewards at gategroup, serving the North American business region. Trained as a mathematician, Alhassan has been able to apply his analytical skills to better the lives of employees at gategroup through progressive pay for performance programs and benefits that give employees security, while meeting company financial objectives. He lives outside of Washington, DC and has been a proud Virginian his whole life. Alhassan has twin daughters, who are starting first grade. Watching them grow and appreciate the gifts around them has been the most fulfilling part of his life. 

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2017 Gourmet Foods Scholarship 

Katelyn Galetka

Hello my name is Katelyn Galetka. I am from New Auburn, Wisconsin, which is a very small town of about 550 people. I am eighteen years old, I will be nineteen in October. My parents are Michael and Crystal Galetka, my father works at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, Wisconsin. My mother worked at the School District of New Auburn the school I went my whole life. My parents are my biggest role models, and I love them so much. I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse this fall, my major is Radiation Therapy on a Pre-Physical Therapy course. My older brother, Dru, is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville majoring in Mechanical Engineering. This fall, my brother and I, will be attending college simultaneously.  This scholarship will greatly assist my family in the challenges of meeting the financial demands of college tuition. My personal interests when I am not in school include painting, gardening, drawing, fishing, hiking, four-wheeling, hunting, and camping.  My goal of being a physical therapist gives me the opportunity to bring wellness to people. My parents are very excited for me and believe that my career goal is very admirable.  

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2017 Harvey & Laura Alpert Scholarship

Paige Kelly

Hello, my name is Paige Kelly. I am an 18 year old female from Monmouth County who just began my college education at the University of Delaware. If I were to describe myself in three words they would be compassionate, ambitious, and charismatic. Compassionate because throughout my life’s journey I have learnt the importance of every decision I make, no matter how minuscule. In this aspect as well as through my love of volunteer work, giving back means everything to me, and I try to sew it into everything I create. Ambitious in that if I do not participate in my work to the best of my ability, I become frustrated with myself. It is because of this that I am a perfectionist. Though stressful at times, I would not want to be any other way. Lastly, I am charismatic due to the fact I love to build others up and make their day better, even if mine is not great. I am more of a listener than a talker, and I feel most comfortable when I am giving others insight rather than vice versa. I love to show others how great they are, because in my opinion, self-love is the most important trait to possess. Overall I am a very optimistic and reflective young adult who tries to live my life to the best of my ability.

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2017 Harvey & Laura Alpert Scholarship

Allison Linzing

My name is Allie Linzing, and I was chosen as the recipient of the Harvey and Laura Alpert Scholarship. I would like to thank Mr. Alpert and the IFSA team for allowing me to receive this scholarship. I  began my senior year at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana this fall. I am majoring in special education in hopes to one day be able to impact every student that walks into my classroom in a positive way. This past semester, I earned a spot on the Dean’s List while being involved in many clubs, including  Epsilon Delta, a professional teaching organization, Best Buddies, and Alpha Epsilon Phi, as well as spending my free time volunteering at a local high school working with students with disabilities. The Harvey and Laura Alpert Scholarship will go towards funding my education which will allow me the opportunity to explore the amazing opportunities that the University of Illinois has to offer. 

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2017 JetBlue Airways Scholarship

Dylan Feliu

My name is Dylan Feliu and I am a college sophomore at Stony Brook University. I grew up in Valley Stream, Long Island, where I attended Valley Stream North High School. Attending Valley Stream North High School developed a love for sports, education, leadership, and the need to always improve and progress. I grew up in a middle class household with two caring and hard-working parents and a little brother. Due to the fact that I have a little brother I always try to be the best person I can be so because I know my every actions are being watched and imitated. My past family experiences have cultivated a love for medicine that I carry with me today. Because of this I am attending Stony Brook University as a biology major, with the goals of pursuing a career in medicine.  


2017 John & Ginnie Long Scholarship

Ruben Jimenez

My name is Ruben Jimenez. This past June I graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood Queens, and this fall I will be attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice, majoring in Police Studies. At the end of my freshman year I intend to join the NYPD Cadet program and begin my career in law enforcement as early as possible. With the help of the
IFSA and the NYPD I hope to one day better civilian and police relations as well as make the
streets of New York more compatible for a brighter future and better life.

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2017 John Louis Scholarship

Vivian Do

Hello! My name is Vivian Do, and I will be starting my first year at Columbia's Master in Public Health program this coming fall. More specifically, I will be pursuing epidemiology - a field about the spread of disease - so that I can use this knowledge to support marginalized migrant communities both domestically and internationally. This past year, I worked as an analyst at a health care policy company to better understand how Medicare and Medicaid works. Aside from my health driven interests, I am an avid urban explorer who loves spending quality time with loved ones. I want to thank the John Louis Foundation, IFSA, and all those who have offered their unending support as I go on my journey to become an epidemiologist!

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2017 King Nut Companies Scholarship

Brandon Jenness

Brandon Jenness was born on March 19, 1999. He is currently 18 years old and lives in Barron, Wisconsin with is mom, dad, and brother. He attended Barron High School where he was involved in many sports and clubs. Brandon played soccer, hockey, baseball, and track over his four years in high school. He was also involved in clubs such as PAL (Positive Attitudes for Life) which was a peer helper group, National Honors Society, and Student Senate. Brandon has worked at McDonald’s and Dairy Queen in Barron. 

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2017 Korita Aviation Scholarship

David Bognar

David Bognar is from Chetek, WI and graduated from Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School as a High Honor student.  At Chetek David was the President of Future Business Leaders of America and earned many awards for his musical ability.  He also participated in National Honors Society, Football, Baseball, and Wrestling.  David plans to pursue a major in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  After graduation, David plans to work for a software development company.

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2017 LSG Group Scholarship

Kelly Bucher 

Kelly Bucher is 22 years old and is in her final year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is double majoring in Strategic Communications and Spanish with a 3.8 GPA. She plans to attend graduate school after this academic school year in the Chicago land area.  In addition to her class work, she is a Spanish/Social Studies tutor for Madison West High School.  Although Bucher does not know exactly what career she will have after graduation, she hopes to incorporate her love for the Spanish language and culture wherever life takes her.

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2017 LSG Group Scholarship 

Yasser Fathi Iselim Odeh

Hi, I am Yasser Odeh, I was born and raised in Italy where I actually live, but I have Palestinian origins. I am a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pavia, one of the oldest Universities in the world. I have a great passion for science subjects since I was a child and I always thought about studying medicine. I’d like to thank LSG group for his generous donation towards my education, I am very honored to be chosen for this scholarship. With the help of this great prize, I can continue to broaden my horizons and expand my knowledge with less financial burden. One of my short term goals is to take part into a project organised by the "Floating Doctors" association in Panama where I could be part of a medical and volunteering team that offers medical care to poor people. My dream is to become a great doctor and one day to come back to Palestine where I hope to open my own medical clinic. I will continue to work hard to achieve this goal.

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2017 Michael J. Devine Memorial Scholarship

Parker Ragle

Parker Ragle was born and raised in the Plano, Texas area. He grew up playing basketball both for recreational teams and for his school, and he later became a youth basketball coach in order to give back to the basketball community. He was elected Senior Class President of the Plano West Class of 2015 which boasted over 1500 students, and he pushed himself to improve the school in every way he could. He is a Junior at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Parker plays on the Women’s Basketball Practice Squad, an all guys team who attend the Varsity Women’s practices to help them improve. He is involved with his Christian fraternity, Brothers Under Christ (BYX) and serves as a bible study leader for the Navigators, a campus ministry.

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2017 Oakfield Farms Solutions Scholarship

Liam Destefano

Hi, my name is Liam De Stefano. I am currently a senior at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Texas. My major is food science with an option in industry. I chose this path because I felt as if the industry would be best fit for me because of my work ethic. This past summer I interned at a BRC certified food processing plant where I worked with the Quality Assurance department. When I graduate in the spring of 2018 I plan on going straight into to the workforce and hopefully one day becoming a Quality Assurance director.



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2017 Southwest Airlines Scholarship

Kelly Carpenter

My name is Kelly Carpenter and I’m from Alpharetta, Georgia. This year I will be a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, studying Communications and Business. On campus, I love going to Badger football games and volunteering with Badgers for Special Olympics. I am pursuing a career in sports marketing and will be working with the marketing team within the University’s Athletic Department. I am extremely thankful for Southwest Airlines and the IFSA board members for helping alleviate the expenses of college that I have to pay. Thank you.

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2017 United Airlines Scholarship

Zina Darwish

My name is Zina Darwish, I'm a twenty one-year-old Jordanian living in Lebanon. I am about to start my senior year at the American University of Beirut . Majoring in political science with a minor in Human Rights and Transitional Justice. I graduated from King's Academy in 2014, a coeducational boarding school in Jordan. Passionate about politics, human rights,  the empowerment of women in Jordan and beyond, learning new things, art/ painting, design, traveling, fashion, Turkish coffee, sunsets the sea, and Lebanon.

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2017 Wessco International Scholarship

Anisa Abdulahi

Hi, my name is Anisa Abdulahi I was the first African American homecoming queen at my high school this year. I participated in culture and key club, I was vice president of an all-girls choir called the choralaires and I was the varsity girls volleyball manager. I am currently a freshman at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In 4 years, I hope to pursue a degree in nursing, my overall goal is to one day be a pediatric nurse in a children’s hospital. Helping others has always been a passion of mine ever since I was young that’s why I believe nursing would be the best career. I’ve started a journey that I am so excited to finish, and I can’t wait until the day I have the title as a pediatric nurse.

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2017 White Toque Scholarship

Indigo Brooks

Indigo Brooks is a full-time student and aspiring event coordinator from Atlanta, GA, residing in Hyattsville, Maryland. Brooks' ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-octane environments was established at one of the top HBCU's, Howard University. Studying public relations as her major and business as her minor, Ms. Brooks' experience was cultivated when she interned for Harlem Fashion Row for New York Fashion Week and Howard University Homecoming: Fashion Show. Aside from going to class and expanding her experience, Ms. Brooks loves to listen to a wide variety of music as well as adventure to new places and with new foods. Ms. Brooks' determination to learn combined with her desire to experience makes her limitless.

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2017 AMI Scholarship

Justin Toro

I was born and raised in Astoria, New York  until my sophomore year in highschool. My family moved to Bayside, New York because they felt that the school district was better.  Therefore, I will receive a better education.  My passion is writing.  I devote any free time to write story scripts.  
I carry around my notebook to write any ideas that I may run across while outdoors.  I realize that it’s difficult to make a living as a writer because I don’t know if my stories will ever get published.  I hope that they do.  So, as a fall back, I will minor in computer programming. This way, I will make a decent living while trying to accomplish my dream to be a published writer.

My parents are hard working people, but they were never able to save for college because they live paycheck by paycheck.  They can’t afford my college tuition and other college associated expenses, so when I received your email about me receiving the scholarship money my parents and I were overjoyed with the news. This will definitely help my family and mostly myself to only focus on my education.  Without your scholarship, I would have had to find a part time job to help with the expenses.

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2017 McGuire & Associates Scholarship

Katelyn Foust

Hello, my name is Katelyn Foust and I was born and raised in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.  I have been active throughout many clubs in my high school career and held a spot on the honor roll all four years.  I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the fall of 2017.  I plan to obtain a degree in the field of Law Enforcement and pursue the profession of a police officer in my hometown.

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2017 Inflight Resources, Plastic Products Co., The Roberts Group Scholarship

Bianca Cuccinello

Hello, my name is Bianca Cuccinello and I am currently a freshman at the University of Tampa. I am majoring in Criminology/Criminal Justice. My goal is to one day become an agent with the FBI. I graduated from Tuckahoe High School with a 3.55 GPA and a regent’s diploma. I was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society and National Honor Society. I participated in my school’s student government each year of high school where I held various offices. I was also the President of the Habitat for Humanity club in high school. I intend on continuing my volunteer spirit by participating in various clubs at my college. The clubs I want to participate in include the Criminology club and The PEACE club, which is a club based off of community service.

2017 MonteVibiano Scholarship

Joshini Johnson

Hi, my name is Joshini Johnson. I will be attending the Houston Community College, in the fall. I lived in England most of my life and did most of my high school education in England, then moved to the United States, September 2015. I completed Junior Year and Senior Year at Klein High School. I am hoping to transfer to Texas A&M with a Computer Science degree. I am really interested in how software is designed and developed. I love anything related to technology and always learn about new technology and how they work.


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2017 RMT Global Partners Scholarship

Soraya Dicette

My Name is Soraya Dicette and I am 19 years old. I was born in Haiti and  raised in New Jersey. I attended and graduated from Abraham Clark High School. In the fall I will further my education at Johnson and Wales University pursuing business. I plan to own many businesses in the future that will help many. I am the recipient of the 2017 RMT Global Partners Scholarship. 

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2017 Ken Samara Scholarship

Ignacio Varela

My name is Ignacio Olalquiaga and I am 23 years old. Four years ago I started my degree in Civil Eingeneering in the Technichal School of Madrid, my hometown. I've just finished and this fall I am going to  start a Master's Degree in Civil Eingeneering in the École Nationale des Ponts et Chausées at Paris, which will allow me to practice my proffesion both in France and Spain. I have allways lived in Madrid so this is going to be a great experience for me. I love reading and I am passionate about music, specially classical music from the romantic period. I would like to express again my gratitude to the IFSA Foundation and Ken Samara for their generosity.

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2017 James T. Pfannkuche Scholarship

Sachindra Sanam Venkata

Hi, my name is Sachindra, and I am a sophomore at Vanderbilt University studying Medicine, Health, and Society. With IFSA's help last year and this year, I have been able to make pursuing a career in medicine more affordable. I am going to become a top-notch oncologist all while learning how today's world shapes our society's health and how human beings can bridge the gaps that arise along the way. This past summer I was able to work at NASA-Caltech JPL, and I intend to continue putting my time in college to good use. 

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2017 Air Fayre Scholarship

Garrett Ross

Garrett Ross is 17 years old.  He graduated high school with a 3.5 G.P.A. and was on honor roll through his high school years.  He was also inducted into the National Honor Society.  He is currently a freshman at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is majoring in Computer Science.  He plans to build upon the Spanish classes that he took in high school by continuing to take it in college because no knows the importance of understanding a second language.  In his spare time, he likes playing basketball, board games, video games and spending time with family.  His future plans are to complete his degree in Computer Science then go on to get his Master’s degree.  He plans to pursue a job as a Computer Programmer or Software Systems Analyst.  Garrett will continue to give back to his community by doing community service activities as he did in high school.

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2017 Fleury Michon/Delta DailyFood Scholarship

Danielle Ochoa

My name is Danielle Ochoa and I am seventeen. Since I was younger, it has been my dream to pursue art as a professional career. Throughout my high school career I have taken a variety of art classes to explore my passion in art, from Computer Graphics to Drawing and Painting. I also participated in all my school’s musicals and plays as an Art Director. I have also been a member of several of my schools honor societies—National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, International Thespian Honor Society and the French Honor Society. In my senior year I attended a career technical center to study Art Design and Visual Communications because of my interest in Graphic Design. I find it important to add rigor to an education which is what I plan to continue doing when attend, Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia for a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, this fall. I aspire to become a Graphic Designer in a big Graphic Designing company and in the future, an Art Director, leading my own team of Graphic Designers. Thanks to the IFSA Foundation scholarship, I can continue a rigorous education and pursue my aspirations.

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2017 Service Ideas Scholarship

Verania Ceja Franco

I was born the third and final child to Mexican parents, who immigrated to America looking for a better life. My two siblings are currently enrolled in college as well as I am. This year I am a freshman at California State University, Northridge. I am currently enrolled as a civil engineer major, but I plan on changing to become a mechanical engineer. I hope to graduate in four years instead of five, which is normal for engineering students. To achieve that dream I am currently enrolled in 15 units, the units required to graduate in four years. Soon I hope to be an engineer for Northrop Grumman.