Academy Foundation Blog

October 2021 Chair Message

By Foundation Admin posted 09-30-2021 11:00 PM


A Record Year!

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. We could not have done this without the generous support of our donors. All of our scholarships are fully supported by donations.

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. 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.

Moriam Dolapo Balogun

"Receiving a scholarship from the Foundation really helps to ease to financial burden on the road to becoming a Registered Dietitian. I am so grateful for the Foundation’s generosity towards my education so that I can focus on my studies, so that I can become the best dietitian I can possibly be!"

Moriam Dolapo Balogun
2021 General Scholarship Recipient

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.

Please feel free to review the complete list of all of our diversity scholarships and awards page along with the Academy affiliates, dietetic practice and member interest groups that have supported these efforts.

Thank you to all of our donors who made this record year happen — you have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of your fellow Academy members!

With Your Help, We Can Do Even More…Donate Today!



Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND
Chair, 2021-2022
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation