CHICAGO — Megan Thyfault, a senior at Kansas State University majoring in baking science and management, has been awarded the 2012 scholarship of the Society of Bakery Women.

The presentation to Ms. Thyfault, who is vice-president of the K.S.U. Bakery Science Club, was made March 6 during a breakfast of the Allied Trades of the Baking Industry. The A.T.B.I. breakfast was part of the annual conference of the American Society of Baking, held March 4-7 at the Chicago Marriott One Magnificent Mile.

“Megan Thyfault has a real passion for baking, has outstanding scholastic achievements and is an exceptional leader,” said Lee Sanders, president of the Society of Bakery Women. “Megan is a very, well-rounded and exceptionally qualified recipient of the S.B.W. Scholarship.”

According to the S.B.W., the scholarship is intended to assist deserving students in in their pursuit of a degree in baking science. The group has increased the level of scholarship to $1,000 from $500.

Sponsors of the program included Caravan Ingredients; AB Mauri; Danisco A/S; Lallemand Inc.; DSM N.V.; Novozymes A/S; Watson, Inc. International Fiber Corp.: Cain Food Industries, Inc.; American Bakers Association; BakerCogs, Inc. and A&D Policy Analysis, Inc.

S.B.W. was established to create a network for women in the baking industry that given them opportunities to gather and help one another in their pursuit of a baking career.