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Hayley Potts (pictured), who will be entering her senior year at Virginia Tech majoring in Food Science & Technology, has been awarded the Edlong Dairy Technologies Scholarship through IFT, the Institute of Food Technologists. The IFT annual meeting and food expo is going on this week in New Orleans.
“Hayley’s passion for dairy foods processing and research, interest in food science and technology, and leadership in numerous career-related extracurricular activities made her an obvious choice for this year’s scholarship,” said Edlong Dairy Technologies CEO Laurette Rondenet-Smith.
In 2013 Hayley assisted in an undergraduate research project that studied consumer reactions to oxidized off-flavors in fluid milk. She is currently working as an undergraduate research assistant in Virginia Tech’s Food Science & Technology department, assisting in research on face-reader reactions to food products and consumer acceptance of food products based on their emotional responses.
Since 2012, Edlong has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship money to students pursuing a degree in food science with an emphasis on dairy flavors and/or dairy science. The scholarship is funded through Feeding Tomorrow, the Foundation of the Institute of Food Technologists.
Edlong Dairy Technologies, Elk Grove Village, Ill., is a resource for dairy technologies in the global food industry. Founded in 1914, the company assists customers at every stage of product development, offering technical collaboration, formulation expertise and customized solutions. It also develops and markets cheese, butter, milk, cream, cultured, sweet dairy, and masking and mouthfeel flavors, backed by personal, responsive, reliable service. Edlong is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.