With people suffering from malnutrition on one end and obesity in the other, dietitians and nutritionists are in high demand. If you are passionate about creating customized diets to help different people meet their unique nutritional needs, this may be an excellent career path for you.
Becoming a dietitian does require several years of study, which can be quite expensive. Fortunately, there are several scholarships offered to students pursuing this path.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation offers the most generous scholarships to students in the field of dietetics, nutrition, and food sciences. The organization funds over 200 scholarships via their association with several organizations, groups, and industries, with each scholarships ranging from $500 to $10,000.
To be considered, students must be enrolled for at least 4 months in an appropriate program during the academic year in which they apply for the scholarship. Programs include the junior or senior year of a baccalaureate or coordinated program in dietetics, or the second year of a dietetic technician program or a graduate program.
Some specific scholarships may require students to be members of certain clubs or dietetic groups or have residential restrictions and there might be certain scholarships earmarked for minorities or under-represented groups. It is recommended that applicants go through the entire list of scholarships and identify those that they are most suitable for.
Sometimes, the only thing keeping you away from a scholarship might be the membership of a certain group. If you look up these details early, you will have time to take appropriate steps to be eligible.
CANFIT stands for Community, Adolescents, Nutrition and Fitness and is an initiative of the Tides Center based out of Berkeley. It awards scholarships to undergraduates and graduates who belong to certain ethnic groups and demonstrate financial need and show interest in studying nutrition, physical education or culinary arts in California.
Applicants need to be enrolled in approved colleges in California and be pursuing a Bachelor or Master level course there. They need to have an ethnic affiliation to at least one of the groups mentioned in the scholarship details on the website and have a 2.5 GPA or above in the Undergraduate level and a 3.0 GPA in the postgraduate level.
The Clarkston Scholars Program supports one sophomore attending a four- year undergraduate course in Pennsylvania, with a major in a life- sciences related field. The scholarship amount is $10,000. The winner will also receive significant exposure in the industry through facilitated participation in Pennsylvania Bio events and mentoring with Clarkston Consulting.
Applicants need a 3.0 GPA and need to be available for an in-person interview with Clarkston consulting in the Greater Philadelphia area plus the scholarship award ceremony.