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Erin Bergquist, MPH, RD, LD - 2022 NDEP Preceptor Scholarship Recipient

Erin Bergquist, MPH, RD, LD

Erin Bergquist, MPH, RD, LD

2022 NDEP Preceptor Scholarship

Completing a Doctoral Program at Iowa State University

“I am thrilled to receive the NDEP Preceptor Scholarship to help support my doctoral degree. I loved being a preceptor while I worked as a clinical dietitian; I learned alongside new practitioners. Now that I have transitioned into dietetics education, I have deeper gratitude for preceptors who are balancing the impacts of COVID-19 and continuing to precept. Preceptors are a vital piece of our profession and I will continue to support preceptors throughout my career.”

How did you learn about the availability of the Foundation scholarship that you received?

I learned about scholarships from the Foundation through the Gala as I was a Gala supporter as a practitioner and former preceptor.

What motivated you to apply for a Foundation Scholarship?

I've been inspired by the incredible recipients who have benefitted from Foundation scholarships. Recipients go on to add value to the profession. My goal is to continue to work to advance our professional and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my doctoral work.

How will the scholarship funds help support your continued success within your educational program?

As I receive the NDEP Preceptor scholarship, I feel the support of preceptors and educators behind me - encouraging me to continue my work in dietetics education and the profession. The support of my peers and professionals empowers me to keep moving forward and innovating.

What advice do you have for your colleagues about seeking out and applying for Foundation funding opportunities?

If you need support, please do reach out to the Foundation! And when you can give back, please do reach out to the Foundation again! I did and will.

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