Foundation Scholarship FAQs

1. Does the Academy Foundation offer scholarships to students who are not Academy members?

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

2. What are the requirements to apply for a Foundation Scholarship?

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.

3. Where can I obtain information about Academy membership?

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 wish to be considered for membership-requiring Foundation scholarships. For help with renewing your membership, please call 800/877-1600 ext. 5000.

4. Are there any scholarships for high school students?

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

5. When can I apply for an Academy Foundation scholarship?

Applications are available for the 2021-2022 academic year from February 15 to April 23, 2021, at 10 a.m. (Central time).

6. Can I apply if I am a part-time student?

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

7. Where can I find the scholarship application?

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

8. What else do I need to submit with the application form?

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.

9. What is the scholarship deadline?

Applications must be submitted through the online application portal by April 23, 2021, at 10 a.m. (Central time). Emailed applications, forms and supporting documents will not be accepted.

10. How many scholarships may I apply for?

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.

11. How often can I apply for scholarships?

Students may apply for an Academy Foundation scholarship every year, as long as they meet the scholarship requirements.

12. What are my chances of winning an Academy Foundation scholarship?

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.

13. How are applications scored?

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.

14. How much money is awarded?

The amounts range from $500 to $10,000. The majority of the scholarships awarded are for $1,000.

15. How will I be notified if I received or did not receive a scholarship?

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.

16. Where can I find more information about available scholarships?

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.