Foundation Blog Posts

Maria Cherry 2022 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation General Scholarship Completing a Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital Dietetic Internship “With the help of the Foundation’s Scholarship Program, I am able to afford tuition for my dietetic internship, something I worried about daily during the course of my undergraduate degree. It feels amazing to finally have financial support and be able to complete my internship at one of the best hospitals in the country. I hope that all students who are even considering applying to this scholarship take the time to do so, it may help you to follow your dreams just like ...
Ricardo Licona 2022 Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group Diversity Scholarship Completing a Dietetic Internship at San Diego Women, Infants, and Children Dietetic Internship “The Dietetics field is diversifying more and more each year to better reflect the patients, clients, and public we serve. As a current WIC Degreed Nutritionist, this Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group Diversity Scholarship couldn't have been a better match. This scholarship will allow me to finish my dietetic internship strong and reflects my commitment to provide pediatric nutrition support to a higher degree and broader scope of practice for my community. It will also open ...
Brenda Reddy, NDTR 2022 Mead Johnson Nutrition Scholarship Completing a Coordinated Graduate Program in Dietetics at Case Western Reserve University “Receiving this scholarship allows me to live my purpose. The debt-burden for dietitians without outside assistance is debilitating, especially for those of us who are career-changers and have more responsibilities to manage. My goal is help people have better health for a lifetime by avoiding chronic disease. In this way, I hope that my patients are able to live their purpose and contribute to society in a more meaningful way. I know the ripple effect from changing a few peoples' lives will have ...
Christina Yang, NDTR 2022 Frances E. Fischer Memorial Scholarship Completing a Concurrent Graduate Program and Dietetic Internship at The University of Alabama and Morrison Healthcare “With my parents being immigrants from southeast asia, I’m amongst the first few within my family earn a college education. Through language barriers, financial burdens, and lack of knowledge on the background and foundations of academic systems, oftentimes there are cyclical barriers that make this step difficult within immigrant communities, and I find myself having to be the trailblazer for my family. Regardless, my passion for nutrition and support from my family ...
Jessie Coffey 2022 Dr. Marie E. Knickrehm Memorial Scholarship Recipient Completing a Doctoral Program at University of Nebraska -Lincoln “My Foundation scholarship will allow me to complete my Ph.D. despite the pandemic and the resulting financial strain experience. I can't tell you how appreciative I am of this support! I have 15 credits remaining in my Ph.D. program and these funds will allow me to be able to pursue additional coursework that I otherwise would not have been able to afford this year and expedite the completion of my degree and professional aspirations. Thank you SO much!” How did you learn about the availability ...
Your Academy Foundation Impacts Members’ Lives, Career Are you aware of the scholarship support your Academy Foundation provides today and how the effort has grown over the years? The Foundation was established 56 years ago with a single donation to fund a scholarship. This gift to the future set the Foundation on a path to become the leading funder of scholarships to nutrition and dietetics professionals at all levels of study. For the 2022-2023 academic year the Foundation granted over $850,000 to more than 300 deserving students. Each scholarship awardee has a story about how this scholarship will make an impact on their career. Watch this short video ...

October 2022 Monthly Message

2022 FNCE® - Tremendous Success – Thank You! If you attended FNCE® 2022, you know firsthand how fantastic it was to be back in person in Orlando. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect and catch up with friends and colleagues face-to-face. It was also beneficial to attend sessions, network, and share ideas with one another and celebrate our profession and, particularly, our Foundation. If you were not in Orlando for FNCE® I want to give you a quick snapshot of the many opportunities I had to speak about the far-reaching and impactful work of the Academy Foundation as well as to formally launch our Make It a Million Scholarship Campaign . In a ...
Academy Member and Foundation Donor, Mary Abbott Hess, LHD, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, Crafts Handmade Jewelry for the Benefit of our Foundation       Visit  MaryMade Jewelry  to celebrate FNCE and shop from Tuesday, October 4th thru Monday, October 17th for an array of handcrafted earrings, bracelets and necklaces, many with food related themes. Apply shop coupon code FNCE20 and receive a 20% discount. All proceeds benefit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation! Mary Abbott Hess, a former Academy President, has made each one-of-a-kind piece displayed on the website. Give yourself a treat and start your holiday shopping early. Thank you, Mary, ...

September 2022 Monthly Message

Our Foundation’s Efforts on Malnutrition Are you aware of the decades long joint efforts of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and our Foundation to identify and reduce malnutrition in people who are hospitalized? This September Foundation Chair message capsulizes this expansive work on malnutrition and illustrates how the two Academy organizations work in sync to establish research findings and use these to advocate on behalf of all food and nutrition professionals to raise awareness of the value of our work. The recent culmination of the Academy and Avalere Health’s work on the Global Malnutrition Composite Score will have far reaching benefits throughout ...

August 2022 Monthly Message

Welcome to Kids Eat Right Month™! Every August, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and our Foundation celebrates Kids Eat Right Month ™ . We put a spotlight on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and families. The Kids Eat Right program was created by the Academy and our Foundation in 2014. Kids Eat Right mobilizes food and nutrition professional , in a grassroots movement to share healthful eating messages to help families embrace nutritious eating habits. The Academy has put together great free resources and information on Eat Right for Kids for us to utilize during August. This includes a social media toolkit ...

July 2022 Monthly Message

Support the Foundation’s new Make It a Million Scholarship Campaign Our Academy Foundation was established in 1966 with a single donation to provide a scholarship for a deserving student. Now, more than 50 years later, Foundation donors, including many Academy members, have helped the Foundation become the world’s largest provider of scholarships aimed at food and nutrition professionals at all levels of study. Despite this impressive growth, the demand for scholarships continues to outnumber the scholarships we can award almost three to one! To keep pace with this growing demand, the Foundation has launched a new three-year campaign called the Make ...
To honor her time as the Academy Foundation’s Past Chair (2021-2022), Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND, has made a significant gift to the Foundation’s Make It a Million Scholarship Campaign that establishes a first of its kind Scholarship Fund with our Foundation. Becky worked with Foundation staff to create the Dorner Family Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Scholarship Fund that gives preference to scholarship applicants that disclose one or more of the following; being of Asian, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander racial descent; identifying their sexual orientation as homosexual, bisexual, asexual, or another sexuality other than heterosexual; ...
Our FNCE ® Foundation Virtual Silent Auction is expected to be bigger than ever, by providing 24-hour, mobile bidding to all Academy members! From noon (Central time) on October 6 to 1 p.m. (Central time) on October 11. The Foundation Silent Auction has always been one of the most popular live events at FNCE ® each year, with more than 100 items that helps raise thousands of dollars for the Foundation’s Annual Fund. The Academy Foundation is the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to supporting nutrition and dietetics professionals to help consumers create healthier lifestyles. The Academy Foundation’s programs make a significant impact ...
Every year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation proudly supports the future of the nutrition and dietetic profession by issuing stipends to help students and dietetic interns offset the cost of attending FNCE ® . The Foundation’s ability to provide student stipends is directly attributed to the generosity of the many Dietetic Practice Groups, Member Interest Groups, state affiliates, and individual Academy members who support this program. The Foundation is currently accepting applications for $100 student stipends to attend FNCE ® 2022, which takes place October 8-11, in Orlando, Fla. Academy members enrolled as a student or dietetic intern ...

June 2022 Monthly Message

A Fantastic Year for the Academy’s Foundation Ahead I’m honored, humbled and very enthusiastic about serving as your 2022-2023 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair. I look forward to working closely with our volunteer board members, officers, and our fabulous Foundation staff to foster growth of the Foundation and spread interest in the work we do within the Academy as well as externally. We have lots of good news to share!  I’ve been a registered dietitian and an Academy member for over 45 years. During my career I’ve been focused on the exciting and ever-evolving field of diabetes care and education. With a focus on diabetes, I’ve served ...

May 2022 Monthly Message

Thank You for An Incredible Year! As I review my year as Chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, I am incredibly grateful for the passion my fellow Academy members have for our Foundation and the tremendous support we have received in another challenging pandemic year. It was a tumultuous year as we experienced surges of COVID-19 variants, surges in the stock market, a war in Ukraine, inflation, numerous disasters, and more. And yet our donors continued their generous support of our Foundation, and our Foundation continued to give back by providing resources that empower food and nutrition practitioners to meet challenges today and in the ...

April 2022 Monthly Message

Our Foundation Empowers You with Our Resources! Our Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is dedicated exclusively to empowering you to help consumers live healthier lifestyles. We support Academy members through our scholarships , awards , fellowships , research grants , public nutrition education programs and disaster relief efforts . This month, I would like to share some of our wonderful resources that are available to all Academy members. I am highlighting the resources recently developed through our Nutrition in Food Retail Program Development Fellowship and Future of Food programs. Our Fellowship ...

March 2022 Chair Message

Happy National Nutrition Month! March is a special month for food and nutrition practitioners as we come together to celebrate National Nutrition Month ®. This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will focus attention on healthful eating through its theme, Celebrate a World of Flavors , which embraces global cultures, cuisines and inclusion, while showcasing the expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists. Our Academy provides us with many great resources to use throughout this month to spread these messages of good nutrition and the importance of an overall healthy lifestyle for all. A great way to celebrate National Nutrition Month is ...
Job/position title : Director, Food & Nutrition Services Employer : State of Michigan Walter P. Reuther Psychiatric Hospital Current role/duties : Currently, I am the Director of Food & Nutrition Services at Walter P. Reuther Psychiatric Hospital (WRPH) in Westland, Michigan. WRPH is a 180 bed State facility for the mentally & physically ill. I am responsible for the provision of Nutrition & Food Services as well as an active member of the Hospital Management Team. We recently began the process of demolishing our existing kitchen and renovating it to better meet the needs of our patient population. I began my employment with the State of ...
In honor of Black History Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation celebrates pioneers who have made a lasting impact. Sarah M. Wilder, PhD, RD, was a trailblazer within the Academy and the nutrition and dietetics profession. As a founding member of the Academy’s National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition member interest group, she served as NOBIDAN’s executive director for 24 years. Wilder was one of the organizers and charter members of the Dietetic Technicians sub-unit within the Academy’s Dietetics in Health Care Communities dietetic practice group . She was a member of the Academy’s Nominating Committee from 1998 ...