Scholarships & Funding

  • Awards

    The Foundation offers recognition awards, leadership recognition and education stipends to members and dietetic student members.

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  • Scholarships

    The Foundation is the largest provider of dietetic scholarships to deserving students at all levels of study.

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  • Grants

    Foundation research grants are only available to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics members.

     

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Awards

The Foundation has provided over $129,000 in awards and fellowships to members and students for the current year.

The awards are divided into four categories:

Barbara Ann F. Hughes — NEP DPG Continuing Education Award

This award is given to provide educational stipends for nutrition professionals on the subjects of policy initiatives, advocacy and/or private practice. Preference will be given to members of Nutrition Education for the Public (NEP) DPG.

CDR Faculty Fellowship

The purpose of this fund is to provide awards not to exceed $10,000 for individuals with doctoral degrees seeking to become RDNs.

CDR Leadership Grant

The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to RDs and DTRs to obtain leadership training. The training programs should prepare individuals to move into leadership positions within their organization. Deadline to apply: August 1st, November 1st, February 1st or May 1st.

E. Neige Todhunter Memorial Doctoral Fellowship

This award is given to master prepared dietetics educators and practitioners to pursue doctoral studies.

Food and Culinary Professionals DPG Communications and Educational Award Fund

This award provides funding for food educational presentations made by a dietitian or dietetic technician as well as provide funding for culinary educational enrichment for a dietitian or dietetic technician. Funds are available for dietetic professionals new to their careers, as well as those who are seasoned and wish to expand their knowledge and experiences.

Frederick Green Memorial Internship

This award is provides a grant for a nutrition and dietetics student who has secured an unpaid, full-time, 6- to 8-week summer internship with an RD who is a member of the Academy specializing in nutrition communications, specifically related to media and public relations. The practitioner should be one who can use assistance and provide the student with meaningful experiences related to media and nutrition communications. This must not be a position that the RD could or would normally be able to pay a student or RD to do.

Gaynold Jensen Memorial Continuing Education Award

This award is given as scholarships to members of Dietetics in Health Care Communities DPG for educational programs that enhance the contributions of the consultant dietitian to health care. Apply at any time.

Gwendolyn Rossell Memorial Continuing Education Award

This award is given to members of the Public Health Nutrition DPG for short-term educational programs that enhance the contributions of public health nutritionists to health care. Apply at any time.

Marianne Smith Edge Award

The purpose of this Fund is to provide financial support to RDNs who have been in practice less than 10 years to obtain leadership training and development.

Marie and August LoPresti, Sr. Endowment Fund Faculty Development Award

This award was established to recognize the LoPrestis’ contributions to the foodservice, hospitality and dietetics professions. It supplies continuing education funding for faculty of Ohio Universities and Colleges.

Mary C. Zahasky Memorial Continuing Education Award

This award provides continuing education funding to Academy members for short-term educational programs related to the field of Dietetics, to widen, renew and elaborate professional development.

Rebecca Snowball Reeves Continuing Education Award

The Rebecca Snowball Reeves Continuing Education Award provides educational stipends for dietetics professionals working in the area of obesity.

Ruby P. Puckett/Elizabeth Frakes Food Management Continuing Education Award

This award provides funding for a Management in Food and Nutrition Systems (MFNS) member for continuing professional education credit to assist qualified professionals’ attendance at the Academy’s Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE®) or another conference of professional interest related to food and nutrition management. Up to two awards, not to exceed $2,000 each, will be awarded each year.

Susan T. Borra Fellowship in Nutrition Communication

This award is given to help deserving individuals enhance their capabilities in the area of nutrition communication in leading universities, public health organizations and professional societies.

  • Award amount: $5,000

Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Educational Award

This award is given to provide funding for professional educational enrichment for a dietitian or dietetic technician. Applicant must be a member of the Academy and the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for at least three years.

  • The amount of award is determined by investment return of the fund endowment and will not be more than 75% of the combined registration fee and travel expense.
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Abbott Nutrition Alliance Award

This award will recognize up to four Academy members on an annual basis working in a hospital setting who have made a significant contribution to improve awareness of malnutrition and taking action to address the issue.

Abbott Nutrition Award in Women’s Health

This award is given to recognize dietitians who make significant contributions to the importance of nutrition in women’s health.

Contributions may be in the areas of research, education or service.

Margene Wagstaff Fellowship for Innovation in Dietetics Education

This award is given to recognize individuals who inspire entry-level dietetics professionals to pursue professional values.

Mary Abbott Hess Award for Recognition of an Innovative Food/Culinary Effort

This award is given to encourage dietetics professionals to make original and innovative efforts in food and culinary education.

Mary P. Huddleson Memorial Award

This award is given to recognize an outstanding article published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics during the previous year.

  • Award amount: $1,000
  • Nominations submitted through the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Elaine R. Monsen Memorial Award for Outstanding Research Literature

This award is given to recognize an outstanding body of research literature in the field of dietetics, food and nutrition.

  • Published author selected by committee

Anita Owen Award of Recognition for Innovative Nutrition Education

This award is given to encourage development of and recognize excellence in innovative and unique models for dietetics information and/or innovative services for delivery of nutrition education to the public.

Pittsburgh Dietetic Association Leadership Development Award

This award is given to recognize emerging leaders among current graduates of supervised practice programs in the Pittsburgh area and to encourage their participation in association activities.

Margaret Dullea Simko Award for Excellence at a Clinical Poster Session

This award is given to recognize quality poster sessions at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo and encourage high-quality poster session admissions in the future.

  • Award amount: $300 and $150 for runner-up
  • Recipient selected from FNCE Poster Session.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Corporate Award

This award is given to recognize and express appreciation to corporations or corporate foundations, which have a long history of support of Foundation programs and projects.

  • Recipient selected by committee.

CDR Advanced Practice Residency Grant

The purpose of this grant is to provide funding for the establishment of new advanced practice residency programs that adhere to the ACEND Advanced Practice Residency Guidelines and for existing programs that require enhancements in order to meet the ACEND Advanced Practice Residency Guidelines.

CDR Grassroots Marketing Grant

The purpose of this fund is to provide grants to RDs or DTRs to promote CDR credentials at the local level to prospective employers or third-party-payers. Funds may be used for a virtual event/activity or “live” meeting or program (i.e., to attend and exhibit at a professional meeting).

LuLu G. Graves Nutrition Education Award

This award is given to support volunteer groups engaged in projects and programs of nutrition education for the public. Multiple awards may be given.

Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management

This award is given to provide for the international exchange of needed nutrition, dietetic and/or management information for the benefit of the nutritional health of the world community. Up to two awards may be given.

Colgate Palmolive Fellowship in Nutrition, Oral Health/Dental Education

This grant is given to support research in nutrition and oral health or dental education by doctoral students seeking a doctorate in nutrition and oral health or dental education. Non-US residents may apply.

First International Nutritionist/Dietitian (FIND) Fellowship for Study in the USA

This award is given to assist foreign nationals who are pursuing postgraduate work in the USA and have a clearly articulated plan to return to their country.

Edna and Robert Langholz International Nutrition Award

This award will be presented to the person whose contribution to nutrition has had the greatest international significance. Awarded in even numbered years.

  • Award amount: $25,000
  • Presented at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in October

American Overseas Dietetic Association International Project Award

The purpose of this fund is to foster collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and skills among food and nutrition professionals in the international community. An award will be given to AODA members who intend to work in partnership with another food or nutrition professional on a project that will benefit the local community of one of the individuals. The premise is that the AODA member and colleague will have somewhat different knowledge and skill sets that, when brought together, will serve to fulfill a special project.

The annual application deadline is February 1 unless otherwise noted.

Information on this year’s available awards will be available shortly.

Scholarships

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarship Committee awarded over $545,000 in scholarships to 381 dietetic students for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The number of scholarships varies from year to year, each with a value range of $500 to $10,000 each.

Apply

Information on the 2017-2018 Foundation Scholarship application will be available shortly. Please contact scholarship@eatright.org with questions.

Important Dates

  • Time to apply: The year before the scholarship is applicable
  • Submission date: Early spring 2017
  • Notification date: Applicants notified in June

General Requirements

Eligibility Information

  • Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs a minimum of four months during the academic year (August 2016 to July 2017):
    • The junior or senior year of a baccalaureate or coordinated program in dietetics, or
    • The second year of study in a dietetic technician program, a dietetic internship program or a graduate program.
  • A scholarship may require
    • Membership in a specific dietetic practice group, and/or
    • Residency in a specific state.
  • A scholarship may be earmarked for underrepresented groups.

 

Requirements specific to graduate students, internships, didactic or coordinated programs or dietetic technician programs are below.

  1. Planned or current enrollment in an advanced degree program in a US regionally accredited college or university. Students who are already enrolled in an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship (DI) and will be completing a graduate program in 2016-2017 should apply for a graduate scholarship.
  2. Intention to practice in the field of dietetics.
  3. U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  4. Academy member

*Some scholarships require specific areas of study (e.g., public health nutrition, foodservice administration, and medicine) and status as a registered dietitian. This information is requested in the application form.

  1. Planned or current enrollment in an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship to establish registration eligibility. Applicants to DI programs who are participating in computer matching must confirm appointments by the date specified on the application form. (Students who are applying to a DI combined with a graduate program should apply in this category, not the graduate category.)
  2. Demonstrate or show promise of being a valuable, contributing member of the profession.
  3. U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  4. Academy member.
  1. Completion of the academic requirements in an ACEND-accredited college or university Didactic or Coordinated program for minimum standing as a junior in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  2. Demonstrate or show promise of being a valuable, contributing member of the profession.
  3. US citizen or permanent resident.
  4. Academy member.
  1. Must be in first year of study in an ACEND-accredited dietetic technician program. If selected, the student may use the scholarship for study during the second year.
  2. Show evidence of leadership and academic ability.
  3. US citizen or permanent resident.
  4. Academy member.

Additional Criteria

Annually, about 75 scholarships are available to individuals who meet the basic requirements for all applicants: Academy membership, U.S. citizenship and enrollment in a ACEND accredited/approved dietetics program. However, about 100 other scholarships are awarded based on additional requirements.

Below are some of the more specific criteria that donors have identified. If any criterion is true of you, don’t hesitate to apply for an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarship this year.

  • Chicago Dietetic Association
  • Dietetic Educators of Practitioners Dietetic Practice Group
  • Dietetics in Health Care Communities DPG (formerly CD-HCF DPG)
  • Healthy Aging Dietetic Practice Group
  • Management in Food and Nutrition Systems Dietetic Practice Group
  • National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition (NOBIDAN)
  • New Hampshire Dietetic Association
  • Pediatric Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
  • Pennsylvania Dietetic Association
  • School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group
  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • Business
  • Clinical dietetics
  • Consultant dietetics in health care facility
  • Consultation
  • Culinary arts
  • Food service administration/management
  • Food technology
  • Clinical Management
  • Nutrition education
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric nutrition
  • Public or community health nutrition
  • School nutrition service
  • Teaching or education
  • NIH Clinical Center Dietetic Internship Program
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • University of Texas Southwest Medical Center
  • You have experience as an educator
  • You are a graduate of a Dietetic Technician program from a community college
  • You are employed full-time in dietetics while a student
  • You are returning to school after at least 5 years in the work force
  • You are interested in going on to medical school
  • You are a male of a minority race
  • You are of a minority race

Applicants meeting one or more of the specific qualifications listed above are in no way guaranteed a scholarship; however, they may be eligible for a greater number of scholarships.

Grants

Last year, the Foundation made available more than $181,000 in support of research conducted by registered dietitian nutritionists.

The Foundation has several named funds which support research. Each award has specific criteria governing its use and a separate review committee is appointed for each of these grants.

The following Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Research Grants are available to all Academy members.

Grant amounts and availability are determined by investment return of each fund’s endowment.

Allene Vaden Memorial Grant for Foodservice Management Research

This grant is given to encourage young academics to enhance and stimulate research in foodservice management.

Amy Joye Memorial Research Award

This grant is given to honor the memory of Amy Joye by fostering the scientific development of future nutrition leaders, especially in South Carolina and Georgia. Applicants are required to work with a mentor whose projects involve human research and focus on: Obesity prevention/weight control, Dietary assessment methodology to investigate/enhance accuracy of dietary reports or Fruit/vegetable gardens.

Ann A. Hertzler Memorial Research Grant

This grant is given to provide funding for research proposals based on the Academy’s Research Agenda for Dietetics.

Diabetes Care and Education (DCE) DPG Karen Goldstein Memorial Grant for Diabetes MNT Application

This grant is given to provide financial support to a Diabetes Care and Education DPG member for outcomes research in diabetes medical nutrition therapy.

Dietitians in Nutrition Support DPG Research Grant

This grant is given to provide research funding to a Dietitians in Nutrition Support DPG member.

Healthy Aging DPG Community Based Applied Research/Best Practice Award

This award encourages applied research projects that improve the nutritional status, wellbeing and independence of community residing older adults. Ideally, the award will be used to solve an identify problems pertaining to dietetic practice, program administration, service/care coordination and/or behavioral practices of older adults.

  • Grant amount: $4,000

Herbert D. and Nylda Gemple Research Grant

This grant is given to encourage the development of and excellence in innovative and unique models to study the correlation of diet and nutrition in treating neurological disorders.

Jean Hankin Nutritional Epidemiology Research Grant

This grant is given to provide financial support to a doctoral student working on a dissertation in the area of nutritional epidemiology.

  • Grant amount: $10,000

Julie O’Sullivan Maillet Research Grant

This grant is given for a research project that aims to demonstrate the value of dietetics professionals on the health of the public or demonstrate the evolving role of dietetics professionals in the profession.

McCormick Science Institute Research Award

This grant is given to provide funding for research proposals based on the Academy’s Research Agenda for Dietetics. Current topic: Understanding the role of spices and health.

PepsiCo Healthy Lifestyles Innovation Research Grant

This grant is given to recognize and encourage innovative approaches to promote healthy living through nutrition and physical activity. A topic will be selected annually.

  • Grant amount: $5,000

Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group Research Grant

This grant is given for innovative research relating to vegetarian nutrition to an individual who is an RDN, DTR or Dietetic Student member of the Academy. Preference will be given to members of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.

Grant applications are due April 1, 2016.

Information on this year’s available awards will be available shortly.