Once again, the American Association of Candy Technologists (AACT) is helping the next generation advance their study of confections.

AACT is accepting applications for the John Kitt Memorial Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. John Kitt, who died in August 2009, was a confectionery researcher who devoted 43 years to the art of candy making, working for companies such as Knechtel Laboratories, Standard Brands, Nabisco Brands and Wm. Wrigley Co.

Always involved in promulgating education and research, Kitt served on various industry technical and educational committees. In 1986, he received a National Confectioners Association Certificate of Appreciation for guidance and contributions to its technical program. In 1997, Kitt was Candy Industry’s Kettle Award recipient. The following year he was recognized by the American Association of Candy Technologists with the Stroud Jordan Award. Kitt also has been honored with a NCA Research and Education Award and was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in 2008.

The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates interest in confectionery technology, and is attending an accredited four-year college or university. Additionally, the student must be majoring in food science, chemical science or biological science.

The application deadline for the scholarship is April 12, and the scholarship winner will be announced May 3 for the fall semester.

To learn more or to apply, visit http://www.aactcandy.org/aactscholarship.asp