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Academy Foundation Student Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, through its many association groups, offers a variety of scholarships and educational stipends to individuals pursuing undergraduate and advanced degrees in dietetics or food and nutrition related areas. General scholarship and educational stipend information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, the dietetic practice groups and affiliate (state) and district dietetic associations can be accessed from the respective group's information listed on this site.

Scholarships Offered Through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

Scholarships, including funds set up by many of the affiliate (state) dietetic associations and dietetic practice groups, are available to encourage eligible students and members to enroll in dietetics programs. All Foundation scholarships require Academy membership; some may require specific dietetic practice group membership and residency in a specific state.

While all students are eligible for most Foundation scholarships, some are specified for dietetics students who are members of underrepresented groups.

Eligibility and Application Information

Academy membership is required for all scholarships, except for 10 which are awarded to doctoral students for which Academy membership is preferred but not required. Some scholarships require specific dietetics practice group (DPG) membership, and/or residency in a specific state; some are earmarked for underrepresented groups. The same application form is used for all available scholarships. To be eligible, applicant must be enrolled in the program a minimum of four months during the applicable academic year. The same application form is used for all program categories. On the link below, student members can view the general eligibility requirements for each program category (Didactic Program, Coordinated Program, Dietetic Technician, Dietetic Internship and Graduate).

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Other Sources of Financial Aid

Scholarships Offered by Other Academy Groups

Scholarships from the dietetic practice groups and the affiliate and district dietetic associations generally require membership in that group or residence in its area. Individuals interested in scholarships offered by the DPGs and affiliate or district dietetic associations should contact these groups directly for more information.

Free International Financial Assistance and Resources Directory

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has released the third edition of the Directory of Resources for International Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics Professionals. This publication was made possible through the Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management.

The 90-page directory is a reference for U.S. and international students and professionals who are seeking funding for professional study, work experience or research in their home country or abroad. The publication lists more than 100 groups offering financial assistance and features education organizations, loan programs, literature and Internet resources. Download the free pdf version.

State and Local Sources of Financial Aid

Financial assistance is essential for many students enrolled in dietetics education programs. Information about student aid should be sought from the financial aid office or administrator at individual institutions. Additional sources include the state higher education agency and local civic, professional and community organizations or foundations.

Detailed information about federal grants and loans administered by the United States Department of Education is available via the Internet at

Source: ACEND/April 2015