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.
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.

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

No. Foreign students are not eligible to apply for Academy Foundation scholarships. All scholarships require that applicants be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. The Academy Foundation does offer some awards and a fellowship for international students.

Applications are available for the 2019-2020 academic year from February 15 to April 22, 2019 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 a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
  • 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 22, 2019 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 chance of receiving a scholarship depends on the number of scholarships available and the number of applicants. Typically, the Foundation receives 800-900 applications and is able to award scholarships to approximately 200 students.

Each application is reviewed by three members of the Foundation Scholarship Committee. Applications are scored based on scholarship, professional 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 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.