The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is the world’s largest provider of nutrition and dietetic scholarships at all levels of study. This year, we have awarded a record $812,950 in scholarship support to 330 dietetic interns and students for the 2021-2022 academic year.
“Our Foundation’s strategic priorities include building a pipeline of talent for our profession and preparing the next generation of food and nutrition leaders. I am so proud of the impact we will have on a historic number of students this year,” said Foundation Chair Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND. “We could not have done this without the generous support of our donors. All of our scholarships are fully supported by donations. I would like to thank everyone who has helped us make this happen.”
Annual scholarship support and donations come from individual Academy members, as well as Academy Affiliates, Dietetic Practice Groups, Member Interest Groups, the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Practice Group, Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), as well as foundations and corporations.
Of the record $812,950 awarded in scholarships this year, $438,950 was awarded to 136 students of diverse backgrounds and cultures, representing 54% of total funding. “Our Foundation is committed to ensuring that diversity, inclusion, equality and accessibility are priorities in our annual efforts,” said Dorner. “Our donors have made these efforts a priority as well, working with our Foundation to establish funds that help achieve mutual goals and make an impact with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures.”
The Foundation’s record setting numbers included two first of their kind Advancing Diversity in Dietetics Scholarships, awarded to Academy student members Gabriela Naveda and Latina Robinson. Naveda and Robinson will each receive $25,000 for the 2021-2022 academic year, representing the largest scholarships ever awarded by the Foundation and made possible by an anonymous donor.