IFSEA International Food Service Executives Association

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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.

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.


Annually, IFSEA accepts applications up until March 1. 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 15, 2018.  Instructions are listed on the application.  
Apply Here  

Making a Commitment
to the Future

The Worthy Goal Scholarship Fund is seeking support for the future of the hospitality industry. The fund is committed to enhancing education and professionalism in the industry, with the primary source of funds coming directly from IFSEA members. Help us build a better future in the hospitality industry by focusing on the youth just entering the field.

Students Receiving Worthy Goal Scholarships at an IFSEA Conference

Charitable donations to IFSEA come in many different sizes. Become a fellow to get added to our plaque or contribute to the endowment fund to have an entire scholarship named after you or your organization.

This is the perfect way to contribute to our fund in the memory of a relative, friend, or colleague. Please provide your name and the address of the individual to be notified.

Our fellow program is the ideal method for mid-sized contributions by individuals or companies. Your donations can be made in the amount of $1,000 or more, and may be renewed annually as desired. Donor names are added to the Worthy Goal Fellow Master Plaque, and are recognized at the next IFSEA conference.

We encourage capable individuals and businesses to provide donations for the direct purpose of funding a scholarship in their name. A minimum of $10,000 will provide funds for a continuing annual scholarship in the amount of $500 per year. Larger donations will also result in larger scholarships; for example, a $20,000 donation will provide a continuing annual scholarship of $1,000. You can elect to meet a $10,000 objective within a consecutive 10-year period as well. Scholarship recipients are announced at the annual IFSEA conference.

There are two ways to donate - Online or by Check.

DONATE online here! 

Please make check payable to Worthy Goal Scholarship Fund, and mail them:
Worthy Goal Scholarship Fund
c/o Brian Kunihiro, Trustee
94-870 Lumiauau St., P106, Waipahu, HI 96797


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.