One of the industry’s leading professional associations is looking to encourage students to remain sweet and smart about higher education.  

College students interested in confectionery technology can now apply for the John Kitt Memorial Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. John Kitt, who passed away in August 2009, was a confectionery researcher and patents-holder who spent 43 years in the candy industry working for companies such as for Knechtel Laboratories, Standard Brands, Nabisco Brands and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. He also was involved in various industry technical and educational committees, promoting research and education.

The American Association of Candy Technologists (AACT) awards the $5,000 scholarship to one student who demonstrates an interest in candy via their research projects, work experience, and formal study.

The applicant must apply online, and also be attending an accredited four-year college or university, and majoring in a food science, chemical science, or biological science.

The application deadline is April 16 and the winner will be announced May 4, for the 2012 fall semester. The scholarship will be paid in two installments of $2,500 upon verification of enrollment.

The American Association of Candy Technologists is the professional group comprised of technologists, operations personnel, educators, students, business staff, and others dedicated to the advancement of the confectionery industry.