Scholarships

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Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in the Foundation’s scholarships program. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is proud to serve as the largest provider of dietetic scholarships to deserving students at all levels of study.

Individual scholarships range in value from $500 to $10,000 each. The total amount and number of Foundation scholarships awarded each year is determined by fundraising efforts and investment returns on scholarship funds.

Further information on how to apply, important dates, and scholarship eligibility is provided below.

Apply

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 extended scholarship deadline of June 15, 2020 and all scholarship notifications were sent in September 2020. Information on the next scholarship cycle is provided below.

Once available, the electronic Foundation scholarship application will be posted within the Foundation’s external online application platform.

2020 – 2021 Scholarship Recipients
Online Application Platform

Important Dates

2021-2022 Academic Year Scholarships:

Scholarship Application Opening: February 15, 2021

Scholarship Application Deadline: April 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (Central time)

Scholarship Notifications: All winner and non-winner notifications will be sent via email in late July 2021. Foundation staff cannot provide interim information, feedback on scholarship applications, or a specific date that notifications will be sent.

Eligibility

The scholarship proudly offers a singular, centralized application. By completing our scholarship application, the Foundation will automatically consider you for every scholarship we are offering that you meet the eligibility for. If you meet our general eligibility criteria, listed below, we encourage you to consider applying.

General Eligibility Criteria:

Please note, Academy membership is not required to apply for Foundation scholarships but is strongly encouraged, given all but two Foundation scholarships require Academy membership to be awarded.

Please click on the type of program you are enrolled in for your specific eligibility requirements:

  1. You must be accepted to, or presently enrolled in, a Didactic, Coordinated, or Future Education Model Bachelor’s program accredited by ACEND®.
  2. You must be minimally enrolled for four months of the academic year (August 2021 to July 2022)
  1. You must be accepted to, or presently enrolled in, one of the following programs:
    • An advanced degree program in a US regionally accredited college or university.
      • Please note, your major must be in nutrition and dietetics or a related field and you must intend to practice within the field of dietetics to qualify.
    • A Coordinated or Future Education Model Graduate program by accredited ACEND®
  2. You must be minimally enrolled for four months of the academic year (August 2021 to July 2022)
Interns who participate in the Spring and Fall match are eligible to apply:

  1. You must be minimally enrolled in your dietetic internship through the end of July of the year you apply (July 2021) to apply.
  1. You must be accepted to, or presently enrolled in, a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Program accredited by ACEND®.
  2. You must be minimally enrolled for four months of the academic year (August 2021 to July 2022)

Students of certification programs are not considered eligible to apply.

Select other academic programs may qualify, if the applicant is also credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. If this applies to you, please email scholarship@eatright.org to determine your eligibility.

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.

Questions? Contact us at scholarship@eatright.org.