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Christine Tran

Sue Ling Gin Charitable Trust Scholarship

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Fianca Nicole Banca 

Alphonse Joseph Scholarship

I have dreams of one day becoming a doctor. Being able to help others who are going through psychological issues because I have family members who struggle with depression. I dream of attending college, majoring in psychology, and receiving all the degrees and certificates needed to become a psychiatrist.

All of my efforts are thanks to the support of my family. Their support is what helped me hold onto my dream. They are my motivation. If I do receive this scholarship, it will help me take that first step to achieving my dreams without having to worry too much about my financial obstacles

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Brian Fay 

Campione d' Italia Foods Scholarship

Hello, my name is Brian Fay and I am 24 years old.  I am currently living in Chicago, Illinois.  I work as the billing and reconciliation coordinator at Flying Food Group. I reconcile multi-million dollar accounts to ensure that the billing process is timely and accurate. I am currently going to school online at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in the Masters of Science in Accountancy program where I have maintained a 4.0 GPA through seven course of ten courses.  Upon completion of the Masters of Science in Accountancy program, I will pursue either my CPA or a PHD in accounting. In my spare time, I am a part of many extracurricular activities such as playing in softball leagues, basketball leagues, cycling through the bike trails of Chicago, and fishing. 

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Zina Darwish 

Delta Airlines, Inc. Scholarship

My name is Zina Darwish. I am a twenty two year old Jordanian. I graduated in June of this year from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Law. I was accepted into the International Affairs graduate program at the Lebanese American University, which I will start attending this September. I graduated from King’s Academy in 2014, a coeducation boarding school in Jordan.

My aspirations are to build a career working in human rights, both domestically (with governments) and internationally (with NGOs) with a public policy capacity, reforming domestic policies, laws and practices that violate human rights norms and enforcing punitive measures for violations within an international body.

I am especially passionate about women’s rights issues, refugee laws and environmental issues. My hobbies include painting, reading and recycling plastic and glass waste (water bottles, tires, etc.) into decorative items like chairs, planters and tables, hanging lights, swings and more.

Muhammad Arsalan Huda 

DFS Inc. Scholarship

I’m Muhammad Arsalan Huda, from Karachi, Pakistan. I am a quality & compliance professional with a BS degree in Food Science & Technology working at Gate Gourmet Karachi unit. I’m pursuing MBA Executive from IBA (Institute of Business Administration), Karachi which is the oldest business school outside North America established in 1955. This MBA will help me to achieve my desired career goals. I want to be in the C-suite of the company (international/local) in the next 15 years. After that, I would open my own business. The way this program is designed will help me a lot in achieving my goals as the courses focus on analysis and decision-making skills, in addition to advanced leadership training. Besides my career, I am a family loving man; I love to weight train to keep myself fit, I enjoy travelling & reading newspapers. In the end, I would like to thank IFSA & DFS, Inc. for awarding me the scholarship to fulfill my dream. 

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Nathalina Perez 

dnata Scholarship

My name is Nathalina Perez, I am 18 years old and I am double majoring in sociology and psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am excited to attend UIUC because there are many opportunities for me to continue my education. Thank you again! 

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Amanda Myles 

Gourmet Foods Scholarship

My name is Amanda Myles, and I am from Douglasville, GA. I am a senior attending Auburn University, and majoring in Biomedical Science. I plan to attend medical school next fall. 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. 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 reading, traveling, and hanging out with my friends.

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Dylan Feliu 

Gourmet Foods Scholarship

My name is Dylan Feliu and I am a college junior 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 because I know my every action is 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 and thriving at Stony Brook University as a biology major, with the goal of pursuing a career in medicine. 

Douglas Ronald Karugonji 

Harvey and Laura Alpert Scholarship

Douglas Karugonjo is a Ugandan national based in United Arab Emirates. He is an experienced Quality Assurance guru working at Alpha Flight Service located at Sharjah International Airport. Continually gaining a demonstrated history of working within the airlines/ aviation and catering industries industry, he also finds delight in assuring that his customers receive the utmost satisfaction through quality service. Fun, social, outgoing and a fan of wildlife and the environment, he is quite the enthusiast and optimist.

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Matthew May 

Harvey and Laura Alpert Scholarship

My name is Matthew Jayson May, and I am from Dallas, Texas. Currently a senior at the University of Arkansas, I will graduate this year with a degree in AgriBusiness. During college, I have been named on the Chancellor’s List and have been active in the Student Alumni Association, Alpha Kappa Si Professional Business Fraternity, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.  While earning my degree, I have also been working toward my goal of becoming a professional pilot. Growing up in an airline family, I developed a love for aviation and travel very early. I presently hold private, instrument, multi engine, and commercial ratings and will soon become a certified flight instructor. As a way to pay it forward and give back to the community, I am involved with the non-profit organization, Pilots N Paws, which provides humanitarian rescue flights for animals. Being a recipient of the 2018 Harvey and Laura Alpert Scholarship will greatly reduce the financial burden of my senior year, and I am very grateful for their generosity. Thank you to the Alpert family and IFSA for their support and help in achieving my goals.

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Sarha Mavrakis 

JetBlue Airways Scholarship

Sarha Mavrakis has been working in inflight services with gategroup for over 9 years. She led a fourth party logistics equipment purchasing team, and her time in operations was highlighted by her implementation of inventory reduction processes, global product launches, cabin refreshes, and establishment of warehousing and inventory control processes to reduce costs and improve service for airline supply chains. She enjoys and focuses her expertise on technology enablement and the digitalization of processes that create agility and efficiency for the fast-paced airline industry ultimately resulting in a better on board experience for travelers. She is currently working the technology group leading the implementation of an innovative supply chain technology stack that will enable passengers to receiver consistent, stellar service on board. A graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Biology, she is pursuing her MBA at George Washington University. Sarha lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children.

Genevieve Gonnigan 

John and Ginnie Long Scholarship

Genevieve Gonnigan is the Corporate HRMS Manager for the Flying Food Group and Mom of two boys. She currently works as an HRIS Administrator for a major in-flight catering company in Chicago. She is entering her final year at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where she is majoring in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Organizational Psychology. Her educational goals include continuing studies in Human Factors and I/O Psychology at the graduate level and contributing to advancements in Work Science. 

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Christine Carpenter 

John Louis Scholarship

Christie Carpenter recently graduated from West Forsyth High School in Cumming, GA and will be attending the University of Georgia in Athens, GA in the fall. She aspires to major in Food Science to obtain her pre-medical field requirements and hopes to continue her education at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. At Emory she will participate in their Anesthesiology Assistant graduate program. Christie spends her free time serving in her local community and hopes to continue her involvement while in Athens. She loves being outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and exploring while also enjoying indoor activities such as cooking and arts and crafts.

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Denise Flores-Ochoa 

King Nut Companies Scholarship

My name is Denise Flores-Ochoa. I am a first generation college student and the only child of two immigrant parents: a father who began working in the strawberry fields and worked his way up to success and a mother who dedicates her time to caring for foster children, both sharing the dream of giving their daughter a better life. I enjoy volunteering in my community, especially with children dealing with trauma. I also enjoy participating in self-care, which includes dancing, being out in nature, and spending time with family and friends. Thank you for being a part of my journey and contributing to my family's dream.

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Sachindra Sanamvenkata 

LSG Group Scholarship

Hello! My name is Sachindra, and I am a junior at Vanderbilt University studying Medicine, Health, and Society. With IFSA's help, 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. I've recently focused my attention towards studying the accessibility to healthcare and the subsequent costs of accessing care. I envision a world in which people from all walks of life have access to top-notch care because every life matters and deserves a chance to receive care.

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Vivian Do

LSG Group Scholarship

My name is Vivian and this fall I will start my second (and last!) year at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. I will graduate with a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology and a certificate in Climate & Health. Epidemiology is the study of health determinants and disease distribution with a focus on prevention. My future goal is to research how air pollution negatively affects a population's health and to identify strategies to prevent poor health outcomes, especially among marginalized communities. Beyond school, I enjoy wandering NYC, reading outside on a sunny day, and spending time with loved ones. As a first-generation college student, I am honored to receive the 2018 LSG Group Scholarship.

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Matthew Ball 

McGuire & Associates Scholarship

My name is Matthew Igo Ball, and I am currently completing a Master of Business Administration at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. I have worked for dnata catering for five years in a range of roles, most significantly within human resources and customer service. I am currently a Customer Service Manager for this great organization. My passion for aviation has provided me with a great exposure to many different areas of the business and industry. I love to learn and gain new knowledge, and I am able to instantaneously apply what I am learning at university to my work. I am of Papua New Guinean and Australian heritage and through my work and study achievements, I aim to motivate others in showing them that they can achieve anything if they believe it is possible, no matter the circumstance. I have come a long way on my journey and I am excited by how far I still have to go.

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Yasser Fathi Iselim Odeh

Michael J. Devine Memorial Scholarship

Hi, I am Yasser Odeh, I was born and raised in Italy where I currently reside, but I have Palestinian origins. I am a fifth-year medical student at the University of Pavia, one of the oldest Universities in the world. I have had a great passion for science subjects since I was a child and have always thought about studying medicine. I would like to thank Rosalie Devine for her 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.

In October, I will start my last year at the University of Pavia's Medical School. After graduation, I would like to take part in a volunteering project in Uganda or Kenya. In these countries, I could offer my help in local hospitals where there is a great lack of medical staff. 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.

Kelly Carpenter 

Oakfield Farms Solutions Scholarship

My name is Kelly Carpenter and I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin- Madison this year. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, I want to pursue a career in sports marketing after I graduate. I am currently studying Communication Sciences and Rhetorical studies with a minor in Digital Studies. I also work for the University’s Athletic Department. Thank you to IFSA for helping me make my educational and career goals possible with this generous scholarship. 

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Gianna Sarli 

Southwest Airlines Scholarship

My name is Gianna Sarli and I am from Addison, Illinois. This year I will be a sophomore at the University of Iowa majoring in psychology with a disability studies certificate. I feel very fortunate to be able to attend the University of Iowa and take advantage of the countless opportunities available to students. In addition to my academics, I am involved in organizations such as Dance Marathon (a Miracle Network Organization), Delta Zeta Sorority, and Quidditch Club. I am very grateful to Southwest Airlines and the IFSA Foundation Board for awarding me this generous scholarship.

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Ruben Jimenez

Sue Ling Gin Charitable Trust Scholarship

My name is Ruben Jimenez. I am a 19-year-old sophomore at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Since high school I have had a passion to pursue a career in law enforcement which led me to attend John Jay. Additionally, that passion led me to pursue a career with the New York City Police Department. With hard work, dedication, and organization I was able to complete the hiring process to become an NYPD Cadet, which I will start this August. With the very generous help from the IFSA Foundation, and the NYPD, I aspire to one day use my skills and talents to make the City of New York an even safer place to live.

Kelly Bucher 

United Airlines Scholarship

My name is Kelly Bucher. I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I majored in Spanish and Mass Communications. In the fall, I will be starting my first year at Roosevelt University in Chicago for my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I hope to one day have my own practice where I provide counseling services in English and in Spanish. Because Spanish is very near and dear to my heart and plays a huge role in my life, my goal is to incorporate it into my career as counselor. I am currently writing this from my apartment in Buenos Aires, where I am interning with a clinic that treats men, women and children suffering from eating disorders! I have always had an interest in eating disorders, so this internship was a perfect way to combine my passion for mental health and Spanish. I cannot wait to apply what I have learned here to my future counseling practice and language skills.

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Riley Young 

WESSCO International Scholarship

Riley Young is the 18-year-old son of Heather and Andy Young. He is an honors graduate of Hernando High School in Hernando, Mississippi. He was the 2018 winner for Lead Actor at the Memphis Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards. He is also a 2018 finalist for the Jimmy Awards, the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City. He will be attending the University of Memphis for a BFA in Musical Theatre. His hope is to one day appear in a musical on Broadway. He would like to thank IFSA, his parents, and especially his grandfather, Larry Sutton, who has been a pilot for over 50 years

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Devin Murphy 

White Toque Scholarship

Devin Murphy is 18 years old and is from Lynbrook, NY. He graduated from Lynbrook High School in June of 2018. At Lynbrook High School, Devin was a member of the National Honor Society and the Chess, Italian and History Clubs. On the weekends in the fall and spring, Devin volunteered with Top Soccer, a local soccer organization dedicated to teaching children with disabilities how to play the game. In the summer, Devin works as a cabana attendant at a local beach club. Devin will attend Binghamton University in the fall and plans to major in Biology in hope of pursuing a career in Veterinary Medicine.

Abtesam Nassib-gharzeddine 

AMI Scholarship

Hi, my name is Abtesam Nassib-gharzeddine. I am currently attending AIM Aviation Institute of Maintenance. I was selected as the recipient of the 2018 IFSA Foundation award. I would like to thank all the IFSA members for your generosity toward my education. I would also like to send a big thank you to AMI and Ms. Denise Poole for your donation towards my future. I am working toward my A&P license. I aspire to one day to become an Aircraft Mechanic Technician Manager.

Andrew Laszlo 

Korita Aviation Scholarship

"Warning! Too low, pull up!" These were the words I heard as I played my grandfather's Flight Simulator game when I was younger. I don't remember when I started playing that game, but ever since then I knew I wanted to go to school to become a pilot. There's something about soaring through the clouds at thirty five thousand feet that has always intrigued me. I guess it's because it gives me the feeling of being on top of the world - literally and figuratively.   

I remember flying when I was younger, trying to sneak into the cockpit while boarding and deplaning. Due to my mother working at an airline headquarters, I met the founder. I remember him asking me if I wanted work at JetBlue, and I told him, "Yes, but I'm not going to sit at a desk all day, I'm going to have an important job- flying your planes." He laughed and said, "Good, that is the most important job." That is a moment I will never forget. Now, I want to go to a college where I can make this dream a reality. Going to college is already expensive enough, but with the flight program, I am going to pay a lot more than other students. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. This scholarship can help me achieve my main goal: becoming the best pilot I can possibly be while studying at the best institution, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. 

Hariharan Ravindran

Air Fayre Scholarship

My name is Hariharan Ravindran. I have an MBA in Finance and I am currently studying for my MS in Supply Chain Management. I also have an undergraduate degree in Textile Technology. Once I completed my B.Tech, I was asked to take care of my father's business. But because of my interest in Finance, I decided to pursue my master’s in Finance. I gained a lot of knowledge in finance by working in various fields, including banking and accounting firms. Because of my experience in the hotel industry, I wanted to start my career in food industry. I started as an intern at Air Fayre in 2016. I currently work for the same company as a pricing analyst and look forward to gaining more knowledge and experience before I start my own chain of restaurants.

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Otgonbayar Orosoo

Gate Gourmet Scholarship

My name is Otgonbayar OROSOO and I am from Mongolia. I have been working in the airline industry since 2005 and I am currently working for MIAT Mongolian Airlines as a quality officer of in-flight service. For the upcoming fall semester, I am attending graduate school at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, majoring in Food and Nutrition.

Because high quality in-flight meal service is one of the main attractions to airline customers, I would like to contribute by offering the best onboard experience to our passengers after graduate school. I would like to express my special appreciation to the IFSA Foundation for the Gate Gourmet scholarship award, which encourages me to pursue my professional career in the airline catering industry.


Ryan Franklin

Gate Gourmet Scholarship

My name is Ryan Franklin and I am a Junior 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 a part 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! 

Hannah MacDonald

MonteVibiano Scholarship

I will be attending Cornell University in the fall as a freshman studying Hotel Administration. Cornell’s world renowned hospitality program allows students to get fully immersed into their major from the moment we walk onto campus. While most schools delay studies in your major, Cornell lets students take classes in their major right away. I will be taking classes such as Introductions to Hotel Operations, Introductions to Hotel Service management, Financial Accounting and more. I went to an Arts High school, where each student was in one conservatory for their art. I was in Culinary Arts and Hospitality when I first discovered that I wanted to be in the back of the house. However, as I went through their program, I realized what I really wanted to do was work in the front of house. I participated in ProStart management to test those ambitions and ended up really enjoying the process of creating a restaurant. We won our State Cup in California and went on to Nationals. It was an amazing experience. Cornell is my dream school but it comes at a hefty price. However, I believe it’s worth it because I know I’ll be receiving a Gold Standard education in hospitality management. Any scholarship awarded will support my dream education. Some will help pay for my books, but other funds will help me payoff the loans I am taking to attend an Ivy League school. It will allow me to worry less about taking on multiple jobs during my crucial freshman year, where it more important to focus on my classes. Currently I work at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club as an administrative assistant, banquet captain and as a Hostess for their restaurant. During my time interning there for the last year, I have learned customer service skills, event management, HR laws and regulations, and leadership skills. After I graduate college, I would like to work for Disneyland hotels and resorts. My goal is to first work in one of their hotels as an event coordinator, front office manager or something of that rank. Long term, I would like to work “up the food chain” and eventually be a general manager or VP of some kind.

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Amaal Abu Helall Aqrabawi

RMT Global Partners Scholarship

My name is Amaal Alaqrabawi. I am 43 years old, Jordanian, and have been working at dnata Jordan since 2007 as the head of their HR division. I am currently studying at al Zaytooneh University in their MBA program. I am really glad to contact you and thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship. I aspire to develop myself, my knowledge and my skills to be professional in my work field. I also hope to be able to help others someday like you have helped me.  

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Julianna Corino 

Ken Samara Scholarship

My name is Julianna Corino. I am a junior at Northeastern University. I am majoring in Business with concentrations in Management Information Systems and Marketing. I love to travel and enjoy spending time with my family.

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Brad Corino 

RMT Global Partners Scholarship

My name is Brad Corino. My parents raised me in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania—a suburb of Philadelphia. I have a loving family and a supportive group of friends. Born in 1998, life has treated me very well for over the past 20 years. My Junior year at Loyola Maryland begins this Fall. I currently study finance but would like to become a dentist. In order to prepare for dental school, I have taken a plethora of science courses in addition to my finance courses. Outside of school, I love to run. I plan to run my first marathon this October. I like to think I have big dreams. In 30 years, I want my own dental practice, a nice family, and no health problems. But really, I just want some hair on my head. 

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Sorali Patel 

Delta Daily Food (Canada), Inc. Scholarship

I am a junior majoring in Zoology and minoring in Dance and Plant Biology at North Carolina State University. I am part of a hip hop dance team called "Just Cuz Crew". Despite being an ancient mythology enthusiast, my goal in life is to work with animals and give a voice to the voiceless. It is something I know I have always wanted to do. Drawn to being helpful to anyone, I have done a lot of volunteer work over the years and find myself overjoyed to simply give someone directions. I want to make even the slightest impact in the world and beleive it all starts with the knowledge and the will to do so. 

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Danielle Samson 

Inflight Resources, Inc. Scholarship

Hi, my name is Danielle Samson. I was selected as the 2018 recipient for the IFSA Foundation award. This fall I will be a sophomore at Jefferson University- East Falls Campus. I am majoring in Health Sciences with the hope of becoming a Physician Assistant. At the University, I am also a member of the women’s soccer team. I hope to one day work in a hospital emergency room.

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Julius Ceasar Tinaza 

J.C.K. Scholarship

Hi, I am Julius Caesar Tinaza. I am a second-year Business Administration in Management major at the University of Hawaii (Leeward Community College) one of the best schools in Hawaii. In the fall of 2019, I will graduate with my Associates degree and I will transfer to West Oahu University of Hawaii to pursue my Bachelors degree. I’d like to thank J.C.K for their generous donation towards my education. I am very happy and honored to be chosen for this scholarship. With the help of this great donation, I can continue to expand my knowledge with less financial burden. My dream is to become a great Airline Manager, one of the best, in the industry. I will definitely continue to work hard to achieve this goal for a better future.

Again Big Mahalos to J.C.K!

Hani Haifawi 

Service Ideas Scholarship

My name is Hani Haifawi. I am currently enrolled as a second-year student at the University Toulouse III Paul Sabatier in France. I am studying for my Bachelor degree in Electronics, Energetics and Automatics.

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Inés Gárate 

Plastic Products Co. Scholarship

My name is Inés Gárate. I have just finished my scholarship at La Salle Maravillas in Madrid, Spain. Next year I will be studying Architecture at the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, and in parallel, I will continue with my professional piano program at Katarina Gurska conservatoire. Once I have both degrees, my dream is to work in a field that combines architecture and art, such as building auditoriums, or working as a scenographer in the cinema industry. My aim is to be able to pursue both careers and keep developing other skills I am currently working on, such as learning to play the guitar and working as a volunteer taking care of children at summer camps. This financial help will get me closer to my goals. Thank you again!

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Richard Mendez

The Roberts Group Scholarship

Hello, my name is Richard Mendez. I'm a non-traditional college student. I attended culinary school after high school back in 2005 and was working in various restaurants. About two years ago, I wanted to expand my knowledge of food and started working towards a degree in food science. I will be attending Oregon State University in Corvallis Oregon. I hope to one day use my degree to make a positive impact in my community and how people eat, while also utilizing methods that have a positive impact on our environment. I have been selected as the recipient of the 2018 IFSA Foundation - Roberts Group Scholarship. I want to thank the IFSA members as well as The Roberts Group for their generous contribution towards my future educational and careers goals.

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