Prajakta Khare-Ranade, MSc, RDN, LD, CDCES, FAND
2022 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Diversity Scholarship
Completing a Doctoral Program at University of Missouri, St. Louis
|“Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Diversity Scholarship will play an important role in reducing the financial burden and will help me complete my doctoral degree in Adult Education (Ed. D) in a timely manner. As an Ed. D student, I will be working with my team members who are Occupational Therapists on a group dissertation to understand the value of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice through lived experiences of health care faculty members. I believe that this scholarship will help me achieve my academic goals and will help me in advancing the dietetics profession by highlighting the role of RDNs as valuable members of interprofessional teams in health care settings.”
How did you learn about the availability of the Foundation scholarship that you received?
I found out about the availability of the Foundation scholarship through the Academy Eblasts and social media communications.
What motivated you to apply for a Foundation Scholarship?
I had been looking for a financial support to cover for some of my educational expenses. While enrolling in the Ed. D program, I had to cut back on my paid work hours to be able to focus on studies. I was instantly motivated to apply for the Foundation scholarship and I am very thankful to the Academy for trusting in me.
How will the scholarship funds help support your continued success within your educational program?
The Ed. D program from University of Missouri St. Louis is a cohort-based program which means that courses are planned ahead of time, and it is important to register for the courses as per the schedule to be able to complete the program along with the class. This scholarship has provided the financial cushioning which will help me immensely in my educational journey.
What advice do you have for your colleagues about seeking out and applying for Foundation funding opportunities?
I would give the following advice to colleagues about seeking out and applying for Foundation funding opportunities:
- Stay of on top of Foundation announcements via eblasts and social media. Periodically check Foundation website for new funding opportunities.
- Be prepared to submit an elaborate application with detailed description of why the Foundation funds are bring requested and how they will be used.
- Maintain an up-to-date resume/CV.
- Be prepared to request letters of recommendation from your peers, faculty or managers.
Scholarship and Award Application and Timeline Information
All applications and timelines for Foundation funding opportunities are made available electronically within the Foundation’s application portal. Generally, the scholarship applications are available from mid- February to mid-April, most award and grant applications are available from December to February, and fellowship opportunities are posted as they become available.
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