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About BNEF

​Since 1963, The Bakers National Educational Foundation has consistently supported students seeking to enroll in a bakery college program to advance their careers in baking. With the assistance of today's top baking industry companies, BNEF contributes financial support, recruitment assistance, and scholarships to the Bakery Science & Management program at Kansas State University located in Manhattan, Kansas.  As the only baking school in the U.S. offering BS and graduate baking degree programs devoted to the chemistry of baking and the business management of bakeries, K‐State has become the primary training ground for the industry's future leaders. The Kansas State University (K-State) bakery program was established in 1963 for this purpose. K-State graduates in bakery science can be found at every level of the profession, from production management and product development to quality control and business management.

K-State offers abundant scholarships. And as the top baking science school in the country, graduates can benefit from K-State's record of providing 100 % job placement with high starting salaries and paid internship programs.

Our Mission

Bread is the staff of life and has provided basic nutrition for millions of people for centuries.  Trained, passionate people, who care about producing quality bakery products for their consumers, are vital to the success of the baking industry. The Baker’s National Educational Foundation (BNEF) is dedicated to providing financial support to train bakers and allied personnel for today and into the future.

Check Out the BNEF Press Kit

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Download the entire BNEF Press Kit here!


  • Discover details about BNEF

  • Learn about Paid Internships in the Industry

  • Find out about Majors at K-State in the Baking field

  • Find Help for Counselors, Parents, and High School Students

  • Don't Miss Retraining Opportunities for Veterans and Others

  • Network with K-State Alums 

BNEF Board Members


Dave Krishock



John DelCampo



Dane Kohrs



Theresa Cogswell

John Hinds

E.B. Russell

Kathy Sargent

Barry Solomon

John Stout

Jesse Weilert

Ron Zelch

Meet Our BNEF Instructor

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Aaron Clanton

Aaron Clanton joined Kansas State in 2019 as BNEF Instructor after 20 years of experience with grain based food production. He is a graduate of Kansas State University with bachelor’s degrees in milling science and management, and in chemical science. He also holds a master’s in business administration. Clanton has 13 years teaching all aspects of the AIB International’s baking curriculum including bread, hamburger bun, cake, cookie, and cracker production along with a solid understanding of ingredient functionality and bakery processes to improve bakery operations. He has worked with global clients to troubleshooting bakery products and understand the science of baking. He has worked at several major companies including the Kellogg Company, as well as Interstate Brands Corporation (IBC), as a senior food technologist responsible for developing over 25 new bread and roll products that were introduced to the US market.

Aaron Clanton

Shellenberger Hall, 107 Manhattan, KS 66506


785-532-7010 fax

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