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​Advancing Excellence in Sensory Evaluation​​​​​​​​

The Society of Sensory Professionals (SSP) is committed to advancing the field of sensory evaluation, including consumer research, and fostering the growth and influence of sensory professionals. Through knowledge sharing, idea exchange, and educational initiatives, SSP aims to empower its members, contribute to the longevity of the SSP mission, and support emerging professionals in their pursuit of excellence.

Support the Future of Sensory Science and Donate​​​​

When you contribute to the SSP funds, you are giving more than just money, you're giving support and inspiration to the next generation of sensory​ science professionals. SSP welcomes donations in honor or in memory of individuals or organizations. SSP will publicly acknowledge all "in memoriam" or honor gifts to the Society with the option of the donor to remain anonymous in such public acknowledgements. 

SSP is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, qualified to accept tax-deductible contributions during donor lifetime or bequests by will. Donations may be tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor on how the current law applies to you.​​

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Emerging Professionals Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the Emerging Professionals Scholarship Fund is dedicated to promoting the education and career progression of emerging sensory professionals with three or fewer years of experience in the field (students not eligible). With a focus on fostering diversity and inclusion, the scholarship fund provides travel support to assist SSP members attendance at the SSP Conference or other SSP events, ensuring a direct impact on the growth and sustainability of the sensory professional community.​​

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current SSP Professional Member (SSP Student members are not eligible)
  • ​Only travel to an SSP event or SSP Conference will be considered

General Terms​​

  • All the donated funds and investment income may be distributed​
  • Scholarship values may vary across recipients​
  • SSP members may only receive one scholarship per year

Scholarship Recipients

  • Allison Cox (2022)
  • ​Katie Nance (2022)

Long Term Success Endowment (LTSE)​

The purpose of the Long Term Success Endowment (LTSE) is designed to fortify SSP's mission beyond the constraints of annual budgets and membership dues. This fund is dedicated to enabling the future success and longevity of SSP, supporting the society’s goal of advancing the science of sensory evaluation. By providing a stable financial foundation, the LTSE ensures that SSP can navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and maintain its commitment to fostering knowledge exchange, idea sharing, and education within the sensory professional community. Through prudent stewardship, the LTSE seeks to safeguard the enduring impact and influence of SSP for generations to come.

The LTSE is intended to support activities like, but not limited to, the following:

  • Education and Training
  • Research and Innovation
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Community Growth
  • Development of Ethical Standards and Best Practices
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Professional Recognitions and Awards
  • Financial Support for the Society

General Terms

  • ​Only investment income can be distributed.
  • The fund must grow to approximately $20,000 before $1,000 distributions can be considered. A $20,000 principle will allow for a 4-5% distribution rate. 
  • If sufficient funds are not generated within six years to allow for distributions of at least $1,000, the SSP Executive Committee will review and vote on whether to continue to solicit the Long Term Success Fund or transfer the funds to the Emerging Professionals Scholarship Fund.​