Michigan State Student Wins AACT’s John Kitt Scholarship

Margaret Snyder

Camp Hill, PA — The American Association of Candy Technologists’ (AACT) 2019-2020 $5,000 John Kitt Memorial Scholarship is being presented to Margaret (Maisie) Snyder. The award is bestowed to a student majoring in a food science, chemical science, biological science or a related area with a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology.

In the fall, Snyder will be a senior majoring in food science at Michigan State University where she has been active in the Food Science Club since her freshman year. She currently serves as president of the club and coordinates campus visits by such companies as The Kellogg Co. and McCormick & Co., Inc., arranges guest speakers and organizes club events and activities.

As a part of the MSU Food Science Product Development Team, Snyder helped develop a chocolate-covered ice cream product utilizing stevia. The product, dubbed “SliceCream,” placed third in the national IFT Product Development Competition in Chicago.

Snyder interned at Mars, Inc. in 2018, working in product development, where she spent most of her time as a member of the Filled Bar Team, developing a new candy bar flavor that is set to launch in 2021. She states that she chose food science as her major “because it combines things that interest me: cooking, chemistry and the creativity involved in making a brand-new product that one can see on the shelf at the grocery store. I want to be a scientist who makes something that people can enjoy and that will improve their lives.” C&ST