NYSDA and District Scholarships


NYSDA and District Scholarships

NYSDA and it's districts fund several annual scholarship awards. Application and processing of these awards is administered by the AND Foundation.

ADAF Scholarship

Scholarships are available for the 2009-2010 academic year. Progress in the educational and scientific advancement of dietetics inspires friends of the profession to make funds available for qualified candidates to receive scholarships through contributions to the American Dietetic Association (ADA) Foundation. For the 2008-2009 academic year, 223 scholarships were awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to $3,000. The number and dollar amounts vary from year to year based on total donations.

All scholarships require ADA membership. 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 academic year August 2009 to July 2010. Scholarships are available for the following education program categories. The same application form is used for all categories.

Graduate Scholarships General Qualifications 

Planned or current enrollment in an advanced degree program in a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

  • Students who are already enrolled in a CADE-accredited dietetic internship (DI) and will be completing a graduate program in 2009-2010 should apply for a graduate scholarship.
  • Intention to practice in the field of dietetics.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • ADA member.

Some scholarships require specific areas of study (e.g., public health nutrition, foodservice administration, and medicine) and status as a registered dietitian. Such information is requested in the application form.

Dietetic Internship/Preprofessional Practice Program Scholarships General Qualifications 

  • Planned or current enrollment in a CADE-accredited dietetic internship (DI) to establish registration eligibility. Applicants to DI programs who are participating in computer matching must confirm appointments by the date specified on the application form. (Students who are applying to a DI combined with a graduate program should apply in this category, not the graduate category.)
  • Demonstrate or show promise of being a valuable, contributing member of the profession.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • ADA member.

Baccalaureate (Didactic or Coordinated Program) Scholarships
General Qualifications 

  • Completion of the academic requirements in a CADE-accredited/approved college or university Didactic or Coordinated program for minimum standing as a junior in the 2009-2010 academic year.
  • Demonstrate or show promise of being a valuable, contributing member of the profession.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • ADA member.

Dietetic Technician Program Scholarships General Qualifications 

  • Must be in first year of study in a CADE-approved or accredited dietetic technician program. If selected, the student may use the scholarship for study during the second year.
  • Show evidence of leadership and academic ability.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • ADA member.

The time schedule is as follows: 

  • Time to apply
    The year before the scholarship is applicable. Requests for 2009-2010 scholarship applications will be honored between September 1, 2008 and January 15, 2009. Because of the time required for processing, application forms will not be mailed from ADA after January 15, 2009. After January 15, applications can be obtained from the ADA Web site. See contact information below.

  • Submission date:
    Completed scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than February 16, 2009 and addressed to the attention of the Scholarships Committee.  

  • Notification date:
    Committee members review all applications. Recipients are selected in May. Applicants are notified in June.
    Applications can be requested from:

Contact information:

Accreditation and Education Programs Team
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606
800/877-1600 , ext. 5400
E-mail: education@eatright.org

Download Instructions
The scholarship application form can be downloaded from this Web site. The form CANNOT be e-mailed back to the ADA. E-mail address is only for application requests. Applications CANNOT be submitted via e-mail. Applications submitted via e-mail will be disqualified.

The form is in Microsoft Word 2003 format and in printable (not editable) Adobe Acrobat pdf format. The form will not be available in any other formats. Other word processing programs will alter the document and the form will be disqualified. Please make every effort to use Microsoft Word 2003, or later, or to print the Adobe Acrobat version. If you do not have access to Microsoft Word 2003 and cannot print with Adobe Acrobat Reader, please see the above instructions on requesting a hard copy of the application.

2009-2010 ADAF Scholarship Application (MS Word version)
2009-2010 ADAF Scholarship Application (PDF version)

If clicking on the above links does not start the download, please refer to your Web browser's documentation on downloading files.


District Scholarships

In addition to scholarships funded by NYSDA, several district associations provide scholarship funds.


Scholarship Recipients for 2007-2008

The American Dietetic Association Foundation Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships for the 2007 - 2008 academic year. Connie B. Diekman , MEd, RD, LD, FADA, and Susan C. Finn, PhD, RD, FADA, ADA Foundation Chair, express their gratitude to everyone who donated to the scholarship program this year and to the ADAF Scholarship Committee for their ongoing support of education in dietetics.

New York State Dietetic Association Scholarships

Rachel Garza — Syracuse University
Lucy Messerschmidt — Lehman College
Dorothy Petito — State University of NY at Stony Brook
Lorna Power — Hunter College
Christine Surber — UCSF Medical Center
Cheryl Williams



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