Foundation Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Academy membership is required for all scholarships except for those listed below, for which Academy membership is preferred but not required:

  • CDR Doctoral
  • CDR Diversity
Student must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an ACEND® accredited program. Students applying under the Graduate category require enrollment in a US regionally accredited college/university. Refer to the Scholarship Eligibility Requirements listed on the Web site and read the eligibility requirements for each program category for further information.
See the qualifications to become a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to apply. Academy membership must be received at the Academy prior to beginning your scholarship application if you wish to be considered for all Foundation scholarships. If you become a member after beginning an application, a new application must be created for your active membership information to import correctly. For help with renewing your membership, please call 800/877-1600 ext. 5000.

No. The Academy does not offer scholarships to high school students.

Applications are available for the 2020-2021 academic year from March 2 to April 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time).

Students can be enrolled full-time or part-time.

The online application is updated yearly and is made available on the Foundation’s externally hosted application portal. The Foundation’s scholarship application is a singular, centralized application which allows every applicant to automatically be considered for all Foundation scholarships they meet the eligibility criteria for.

The following materials must be submitted with the application packet. Do not submit any additional materials other than those listed here:

  • Applications must include TWO completed recommendation forms – one must be completed by an academic source and the other must be completed by a professional source. Recommendation forms from Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are preferred. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in place of a recommendation form.
  • Applicants are required to upload transcripts from each college which they were enrolled for any courses or a faculty member’s verification of GPA(s).
  • Doctoral student applicants are required to provide a copy of their GRE scores or a verification form from a faculty member.

Applications must be submitted through the online application portal by June 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time). Emailed applications, forms and supporting documents will not be accepted.

The same application is applicable for all scholarships.

Students may apply for an Academy Foundation scholarship every year, as long as they meet the scholarship requirements.

It is a competitive process. The chances of receiving a scholarship depend on the number of available scholarships and the number of applicants received. Last year, the Foundation received over 1,100 applicants was able to award scholarships to approximately 240 students.
Each application is reviewed by three members of the Foundation Scholarship Committee. Applications are scored based on academic achievement/scholarship, professional attributes (professional achievements and potential) and financial need.

The amounts range from $500 to $10,000. The majority of the scholarships awarded are for $1,000.

All applicants will receive notification via email in late-September. Foundation staff cannot provide interim information or feedback on scholarship applications.

Information about student aid should be sought from the financial aid office or administrator at individual institutions. Additional sources include the state dietetic association, state higher education agency and local civic, professional and community organizations or foundations. Also, detailed information about federal grants and loans administered by the United States Department of Education is available online.