Foundation Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Academy membership is required for all scholarships except for those listed below:

  • CDR Doctoral
  • CDR Diversity

Scholarships are available for students of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and nutrition technician programs, as well as dietetic interns. Additional program-specific eligibility requirements apply. Please refer to the Scholarship Eligibility Requirements listed on our scholarship webpage 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 membership-requiring Foundation scholarships. 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 2021-2022 academic year from February 15 to April 19, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (Central time).

Yes. Both students attending full- and part-time are eligible to apply.

The online application is updated annually and is made available on the Foundation’s externally hosted application portal.

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 April 19, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (Central time). Emailed applications, forms and supporting documents will not be accepted.

The Foundation’s scholarship application is a singular, centralized application. By completing the scholarship application, you are automatically considered for every Foundation scholarship you meet the eligibility criteria for.

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 1,000 applicants was able to award scholarships to approximately 260 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, including those not selected to receive a scholarship, will be notified via email in late-July. 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.