Scholarship Recipient Luke Shealy Thanks the Foundation Board and its Donors

Luke Shealy visited the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Board meeting on June 14, 2018, in Denver, Colo., to thank the Foundation for awarding him a scholarship and share an update on his career pursuits.

Shealy received a bachelor of arts in literary studies from Rocky Mountain College in 2007. After graduating he worked for five years in the field of social work, and then spent an additional two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gambia. While in the Peace Corps, he worked in the agricultural, educational, and health sectors and his projects included cashew tree/orchard propagation, women’s and school gardens, and teaching nutrition lessons at local schools, among other responsibilities. His experiences prompted him to pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics. He went on to earn a bachelor of science in food in nutrition from Montana State University-Bozeman in 2017.

A $5,000 Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Diversity Scholarship in 2017 from the Foundation helped him complete his dietetic internship at Denver’s Tri-County Health Department. “I want to thank the Foundation for the help. I couldn’t have completed my studies without it, and I look forward to making a positive impact in the profession,” said Shealy.

Luke Shealy and Academy Foundation Board

(Left to right) Pat Babjak, GSLIS (Ex-Officio); Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Chief Executive Officer, Luke Shealy, Scholarship Recipient, Marty Yadrick, MBI, MS, RDN, FAND; Foundation Chair, Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, FAND; Foundation Past-Chair

His future career goals as a RDN include focusing on public health in the Denver area and continuing to give back to the field of dietetics by becoming a preceptor for future interns.