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David Reid - 2022 Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Internship Scholarship Recipient

By Foundation Admin posted 5 days ago

David Reid

David Reid

2022 Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Internship Scholarship

Completing a Dietetic Internship at Seattle Pacific University

“Without Foundation funding I was looking at a situation that would either sink me into debt or require me to work nights while doing a full-time internship. Trying to figure out finances for my dietetic internship was truly a painstaking chapter and a few weeks before my internship began I still hadn't fully figured out what I was going to do. The foundation scholarship I received prevented me from going into more debt and allowed me to stop stressing how I would pay for everything. It was truly a blessing and I almost didn't apply.”

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

I learned about he foundation scholarships AND offers through Google. I was so excited when I saw they offer some pretty sizeable ones.

What motivated you to apply for a Foundation Scholarship?

I was motivated to apply because I truly felt like I was the ideal person these scholarships, grants and programs were made for. I am a first generation college student. I'm also a male aspiring to work in the dietetics space and happen to be a Black American. I believe the field of dietetics is seeking diversity to push the field and widen the perspective that is the professions current geography. Even though at times I felt discouraged, I was encouraged by my both my partner and mother to apply and I'm very happy I did.

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

This scholarship will remove some of the financial burden I have by lowering the amount of hours I will have o work weekly in addition to a full-time dietetic internship. I am a non-traditional student with bills and living expenses higher than an average college student. I have a family and live in one of America's most expensive cities, Seattle, WA. Before receiving this scholarship I was experiencing a great deal of stress about how I would pay 9 months of tuition and living expenses. This scholarship has removed some of that mental stress. I believe I will be able to approach each rotation with a higher level of focus now that I know the tuition is covered.

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

I would recommend investigating which awards exists that you can honestly say you are the ideal person for the scholarship, grant or award. I believe this will make the process of applying more authentic and purposeful. Furthermore, do not be afraid to share your story. A person's story is what gets people to respond to their humanity and applying for funding is definitely an area where you want your humanity to show.

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