Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Awards $464,700 in Scholarships for 2013-2014 Academic Year
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CHICAGO – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has awarded 208 dietetic scholarships totaling nearly $464,700 to students at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels of study for the 2013-2014 academic year.
As the largest provider of scholarships in the dietetics field, the Academy Foundation has awarded over $3.8 million in scholarships over the last 11 years to more than 3,100 students. 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 and Mead Johnson Nutrition.
"As nutrition and dietetics continue to play an expanding role in improving the health of people across the globe, it is vital that we support those outstanding students who are the future of our profession," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy Foundation Chair Kathy McClusky. "These scholarships help to alleviate some of the financial burden from these future professionals and open a clearer path for them to pursue their passion."
"Receiving a scholarship from the Foundation has played an important role in allowing me to accomplish my dream of becoming a dietitian," said Maranda Robison, a 2013 Academy Foundation scholarship recipient. "It is allowing me to focus less on finances and more on my dietetic internship rotations so I can become the best dietitian I can be."
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.
**Correction: A version of this release that was posted and distributed on 9/10/13 incorrectly stated the dollar amount of scholarships awarded at $405,900 and that 205 scholarships were awarded. The version above now includes the correct numbers. The Academy Foundation apologizes for the error.
All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy's Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use "registered dietitian nutritionist" (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.
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.
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.