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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Awards $447,400 in Scholarships for 2012-2013 Academic Year


Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
800/877-1600, ext. 4769, 4802

CHICAGO – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has awarded 206 dietetic scholarships totaling nearly $447,400 to students at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels of study for the 2012-2013 academic year.

As the largest provider of scholarships in the dietetics field, the Academy Foundation has awarded nearly $3.4 million in scholarships to more than 2,400 students over the last ten years. Scholarships are funded by individual donors, the Academy’s state and regional dietetic associations, dietetic practice groups and Academy partners, including:

  • Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Mead Johnson Nutrition

“The Foundation takes great pride in providing scholarships to these deserving individuals,” said registered dietitian and Academy Foundation Chair Diane Heller. “With this support, we are helping them fulfill their educational goals, while we hope they, in turn, will help support the Academy’s vision of improving the health of Americans. Without all the continued support of our generous donors, this would not be possible.”

“I have returned to college as a mature-age student with a strong desire to help others improve their health and general well-being and I couldn’t do it without the kindness and generosity of the people such as you,” said Angela Cook upon receiving an Academy Foundation scholarship.

Each year, the Academy Foundation receives up to 750 scholarship applications that are reviewed by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, which evaluates applicants, reviews criteria for each scholarship fund and selects the most qualified recipients.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has received consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator, for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only 16 percent of the charities rated have received at least two consecutive 4-star evaluations. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that the Foundation adheres to good governance and other best practices and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity devoted exclusively to nutrition and dietetics. It funds scholarships and awards, public awareness and research projects and the Academy strategic initiatives, and is the largest provider of scholarships and awards in the field of dietetics. The Foundation’s mission is advancing public health and nutrition utilizing the expertise of registered dietitians. Visit the Academy Foundation at

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at