Cyclone Scholars

Iowa State University (ISU) Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) has received USDA scholarships for undergraduate multicultural and first-generation students majoring in Food Science, to prepare students for careers in the global food system.

Students considered for this scholarship opportunity must be admitted to Iowa State University through the standard admissions process and be a resident of Iowa.  Applicants must also identify as African American, Native American, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Alaska Native, or Latino/a - or be a first-generation college student.

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

  • Course-based experiences to complete a Food and Society minor
  • Study abroad experience to explore the integrated food system in France
  • Research project with a faculty member and a community partner

Additional benefits provided to Cyclone Scholars include:

  • Four years tuition scholarship
  • Laptop computer
  • Social and academic mentoring
  • Career planning and preparation


All eligible students are invited to apply for this scholarship using the Application Form. Students must be accepted to Iowa State University and declared a major in Food Science before submitting materials for this scholarship. Applications, including a statement of career goals, must be submitted by June 30, 2017.

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.