2023 SCHOLARSHIPS

The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (CA Academy Foundation) offers fifteen scholarships annually ranging from $500 to $2,000 for dietetic students and dietetic professionals.

Congratulations to the CA Academy Foundation 2023 Scholarship Winners!!

Dolores Nyhus Graduate Fellowship Fund ($2,000) Crystal Vasquez
Carol Hayes Torio Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) Danielle Brehmer
Carol Hayes Torio Memorial Dietetic Technician Scholarship ($2,000) Noura Diwouta Loth
Diversity Scholarship ($2,000) Kristine Wong
Consultant Dietitians (CDC) Scholarship ($2,000) Angela Smith
Corinne Williams Scholarship ($2,000) Christina Armendariz
Back to School for Master’s, Doctorate of Education (EdD) or Philosophy (PhD) Degree Scholarship ($2,000) Brooke Wickman
Virginia McMasters Graduate Scholarship ($1,000)

Claire Larkins

Mikayla Van Lewen

Helena Kennedy Memorial Scholarship – ($500)

Lily Reed

Erin Buyense

Jacqueline Saracino Scholarship  ($2,000) Sydney DiGrazia
Elizabeth C. Chu Post Graduate Memorial Scholarship –  ($1,000) Trisha Molina
Dolores Nyhus Graduate Fellowship Fund ($2,000)
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) or Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) or credential to be earned within 6 months of award receipt;
  • Enrolled or admitted to a graduate school or Future Education Model Graduate Program (FEMGP) in the area of public health, gerontology, or a community-related program;
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience;
  • Intends to practice in the field of dietetics and shows substantial contribution to the profession.
Carol Hayes Torio Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Entering at least the second year of an ACEND-accredited
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
    • Coordinated Program in Dietetics
    • Graduate Program
    • Future Education Model Graduate Program (FEMGP)
  • Entering a Dietetic Internship
Carol Hayes Torio Memorial Dietetic Technician Scholarship ($2,000)
  • In an ACEND-accredited Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) program or current NDTR.
  • NDTR entering an ACEND-accredited:
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
    • Coordinated Program (CP)
    • Graduate Program
    • Future Education Model Graduate Program (FEMGP)
    • Dietetic Internship
Diversity Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Identifies with an underserved population, including, but not limited to:
    • American Indian/Native American
    • Hispanic Non-White
    • Pacific Islander
    • African American
    • Asian
    • LGBTQIA2S+
    • Identifies as male
  • Entering the first or second year of an accredited Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) Program
  • Entering at least the second year or accepted into an ACEND-accredited:
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
    • Coordinated Program (CP)
    • Graduate Program
    • Future Education Model Graduate Program (FEMGP)
  • Entering Dietetic Internship
Consultant Dietitians (CDC) Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Graduate of, currently enrolled in, or accepted to an ACEND-accredited:
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
    • Coordinated Program (CP)
    • Graduate Program
    • Future Education Model Graduate Program (FEMGP)
    • Dietetic Internship
  • Prior experience in or intends to practice in the field of geriatrics or consulting.
Corinne Williams Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Entering first or second year of an accredited Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) program
  • Entering at least second year of an ACEND-accredited:
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
    • Coordinated Program (CP)
    • Graduate program
    • Future Education Model Graduate Program (FEMGP)
    • Supervised Practice Program
    • Dietetic Internship
Back to School for Master's, Doctorate of Education (EdD) or Philosophy (PhD) Degree Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN)
  • Enrolled in or admitted to:
    • Graduate School
    • EdD Program
    • PhD Program
  • Minimum years of professional experience for:
    • Master’s – 3 years
    • EdD or PhD – 5 years
  • Continue to practice in the areas of nutrition, health, or wellness.
Virginia McMasters Graduate Scholarship - Bay Area District Members - must reside in one of the Bay Area District Counties ($1,000)
  • $1,000 for up to two candidates annually.
  • Must reside in one of the Bay Area District Dietetic Association counties: Alameda, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, or Sonoma.
  • May be an undergraduate student in an ACEND-accredited Coordinated Program.
  • May be an RD/RDN, Registration eligible, graduate student, or Dietetic Intern pursuing an advanced degree within one of the Bay Area District colleges/universities.
  • The post graduate curriculum must involve the areas of nutrition, health, or wellness.
  • Demonstrate exceptional ability and initiative and exceed standard program performance criteria.
  • Demonstrate professional growth and commitment to the dietetics profession.
Helena Kennedy Memorial Scholarship - Central Valley District Members - must be CSU, Fresno Under/Grad Student ($500)
  • $500 for up to 4 qualified candidates annually.
  • A graduate or undergraduate student of  the CSU, Fresno Dietetics Program – completed graduation must have occurred within past 6 months.
  • Identifies with an underserved population, including but not limited to:
    • American Indian/Native American
    • Hispanic Non-White
    • Pacific Islander
    • African American
    • Asian
    • LGBTQIA2S+
    • Identifies as male
Jacqueline Saracino Scholarship - Los Angeles Region Members - must reside in Los Angeles County ($2,000)
  • Entering first or second year of an ACEND-accredited Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (N/DTR) Program
  • Entering at least second year of, or accepted to, an ACEND-accredited:
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
    • Coordinated Program (CP)
    • Graduate Program
    • Future Education Model Graduate Program (FEMGP)
  • Entering Dietetic Internship
  • Demonstrate community involvement within the areas of nutrition, health, or wellness.
Elizabeth C. Chu Post Graduate Memorial Scholarship - San Diego District Members - must reside in San Diego County ($1,000)
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Enrolled and admitted to:
    • Graduate School
    • EdD Program
    • PhD Program
  • Immigrant or first generation American
  • Continue to practice in the areas of nutrition, health, or wellness.