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Tamika S. Watts - 2022 Patsyjane O'Malley Memorial Scholarship Recipient

By Foundation Admin posted 08-25-2023 09:00 AM

Tamika S. Watts

Tamika S. Watts

2022 Patsyjane O'Malley Memorial Scholarship

Completing a Dietetic Internship at University of North Carolina Greensboro

“The path to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can be challenging and takes a lot of individual sacrifice, especially with dietetic internships being unpaid. Therefore, receiving a scholarship from the Foundation helps to minimize those financial burdens and tremendously helps me achieve my goals of becoming an RDN. It allows me to focus more on the dietetic internship and what I need to do to be successful, and less worry about how I can afford the program. I am truly grateful to be receiving this scholarship from the Foundation as I know it is propelling me forward in my journey of becoming an RDN of color. This is especially important to me because as an aspiring black dietitian, I am adding diversity to the field of nutrition and dietetics.”

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

I learned about the Foundation scholarships by being a member of the Academy. In addition, my school program sent several emails out to students around the time the scholarship applications opened.

What motivated you to apply for a Foundation Scholarship?

The path to becoming an RDN can be challenging and full of sacrifices due to the cost of a dietetic internship. Therefore, I wanted to apply to any scholarships that would help decrease the financial burdens that I could endure during my journey of becoming an RDN. I also had close mentors that motivated me to apply and also served as references for me. I am thankful for those people.

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

This scholarship will tremendously help me throughout my educational program by allowing me to focus on the dietetics internship and less worrying about the financial burdens. In addition, knowing that the Foundation supports and cares about investing in my future, empowers me to be the very best that I can be in my program by challenging myself to new heights.

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

Do it!!! Apply to any Foundation funding that you qualify for! The Foundation truly wants to support you during your educational program, so apply to any funding that is possible.

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