CHICAGO – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is offering more than half a million dollars in scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. Many of the scholarships are designated for applicants from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The application deadline is April 19.
"We encourage all Academy member nutrition and dietetics students and interns at all levels of study to apply for Foundation scholarships," said registered dietitian nutritionist Becky Dorner, the Academy Foundation's 2021-2022 chair.
The Foundation awarded $812,950 to 330 students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Approximately 54% of those funds, or $439,450, was awarded to applicants from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
"Applicants need to only complete one application form to be eligible for any scholarship," Dormer said. "The Foundation has great resources to make the application process easier including an application checklist, a recorded lecture on setting yourself up for success and a video from previous scholarship recipients."
For the second year, the Foundation is offering two $25,000 Advancing Diversity in Dietetics Scholarships to support the educational advancement of aspiring RDNs of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Most Foundation scholarships range from $500 to $10,000.
The Foundation awarded its Advancing Diversity in Dietetics Scholarship to two dietetic interns in the 2021-2022 academic year. This scholarship, the Foundation's largest, was awarded to Gabriela Naveda, completing the coordinated graduate program in dietetics at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Latina Robinson, completing her internship and master's degree in nutrition at Ouachita Baptist University.
"The Academy Foundation's Advancing Diversity in Dietetics Scholarship is rooted in a commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access. It is intended to support individuals in achieving their professional aspirations by helping to reduce their educational costs," said Dorner. "The Foundation is grateful to collaborate with the donor to offer this significant scholarship in the 2022-2023 academic year to support diversity in our profession."
The Foundation, which has invested in food and nutrition professionals since 1966, is the world's largest provider of nutrition and dietetics scholarships at all levels of study. Donations, not Academy members' dues, fund Foundation scholarships.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Representing more than 112,000 credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at www.eatright.org.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity dedicated exclusively to supporting nutrition and dietetics professionals by empowering them to help consumers live healthier lifestyles. It makes an impact with Academy members and throughout the profession with its scholarships, awards, research grants, fellowships, public education programs and disaster relief efforts. Through philanthropy, the Foundation empowers current and future food and nutrition practitioners to optimize global health. Visit the Foundation at www.eatrightFoundation.org.