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


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The Foundation supports and encourages individual and industry contributions to our Scholarship, Award, Research and Public Education Programs. Our goal is to assist students in their academic endeavors, and recognize outstanding members for their contributions, fund member conducted research and provide resources through public education efforts.

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

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

These are challenging times. We know that our members and students have been impacted both personally and professionally by COVID-19, and as your Foundation, we believe it is our job to be there to support you. We also recognize that circumstances continue to change. In order to meet the needs of students and educators, we are extending the deadline to apply for scholarships this year to June 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time). The total amount and number of Foundation scholarships awarded each year is determined by fundraising efforts and investment returns on scholarship funds. Our Foundation is the world’s largest provider of dietetic scholarships at all levels of study and we are doing our best to navigate these challenging times to best meet the needs of our students.  


Thank you for your interest in the Foundation’s scholarships program. The application period for the Foundation’s 2020-2021 academic year has closed. All applications and supporting materials (recommendation forms, verification forms, etc.) were due by the scholarship deadline of Monday, June 15, 2020, at 11:59pm (Central Time).

Due to the large volume of applications received, the Foundation is unable to provide unsuccessful applicants with information on their applications or interim information on application status.

Questions? Please read our Scholarship FAQ. Any questions not answered by the FAQ document can be directed to

Important Dates

  • Scholarship Application Opening for 2020-2021 Academic Year: March 2, 2020
  • Scholarship Application Deadline for 2020-2021 Academic Year: June 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm (Central Time)

Scholarship Notifications: Because the Foundation extended the scholarship deadline to accommodate the needs of students and educators during the pandemic and the large volume of applications received, students will not receive their scholarship notifications until after the 2020-2021 school year has begun. Scholarship notifications will be sent to students via email in late-September 2020. Foundation staff cannot provide interim information, feedback on scholarship applications, or a specific date that notifications will be sent.

Online Application Platform

General Requirements

Eligibility Information

  • Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs a minimum of four months during the academic year (August 2020 to July 2021):
    • 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.
      • If your application is pending for a program, such as a dietetic internship, you will not qualify for a scholarship until you receive confirmation of acceptance.
  • 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.
  • Academy membership is required for all but two Foundation scholarships. Although Academy membership is not required to apply, it is highly recommended that you renew your membership before starting a scholarship application.

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 2020-2021 should apply for a graduate scholarship.
  2. Intention to practice in the field of dietetics.
  3. 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. Current enrollment in an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship to establish registration eligibility.
  2. Applicants to DI programs who are participating in computer matching must wait until match results are final before submitting their application.
  3. Demonstrate or show promise of being a valuable, contributing member of the profession.
  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 2020-2021 academic year.
  2. Demonstrate or show promise of being a valuable, contributing member of the profession.
  3. 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. 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
  • 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.