Nutrition Scholarships

It’s lunchtime in the school cafeteria and you are hungry with a capital H. Do you choose the burger topped with cheese and bacon, a salad with grilled chicken or the Hawaiian-style pizza? If you picked choice B, you clearly know how to make informed food selections and are aware of the short- and long-term effects of your diet. But ever thought about transforming that interest into a career?

As a nutrition major, you’ll study the foods we eat on the scientific level (which is why the major is also often called food science) and the impact they have on society. Your classes will include everything ranging from biology and chemistry to economics and psychology and though the curriculum will be as varied as it is challenging, your plate will be heaping with job opportunities after college. Becoming a dietitian or nutritionist is the most common path – schools, celebrities and athletes regularly hire personal ones – but majors can also parlay what they’ve learned into the fields of journalism, agriculture, education and medicine. All this knowledge doesn’t come cheap, though, so funding your education is a must and you can do this by applying to numerous nutrition scholarships, grants and fellowships.

The best place to begin your search for nutrition scholarship awards is with the American Dietetic Association Foundation, which awards more than $200,000 in nurtition scholarships every year ranging from $500 to $10,000 each. Next, try your school’s department: Michigan State, Simmons, Georgia State and the University of Utah all offer university-based nutrition scholarships and internship opportunities; Ball State even provides a few pages of links to outside awards. And, of course, there’s, which lists plenty of essay and merit-based scholarships in addition to the countless nutrition scholarships strictly for majors. We’ve included a few of those offerings below but to find more, complete a free scholarship search on our site today!

ARC of Washington Trust Fund Research Grants
Application Deadlines:
The ARC of Washington Trust Fund Research Awards offers stipends for upper division or graduate students who have a demonstrated interest in the field of mental retardation.

Funds are renewable as long as the student is enrolled. Applicants are invited to send a brief letter to the Trust explaining the nature of the planned proposal and how it relates to the Trust's purposes with an estimate [...] More

CANFIT Program Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
CANFIT Program Scholarships are open to undergraduate and graduate African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Latino students who express financial need and are studying nutrition, physical education, or culinary arts in the state of [...] More

CRAEF Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: May 16, Annually
Since its inception in 1981, the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) has awarded deserving students and educators more than one million dollars in scholarships and grants. Traditionally, these scholarships are allocated to eager and talented high school seniors and undergraduate students who dream of pursuing higher education in the restaurant, food service and [...] More

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
Application Deadlines: November 12, Annually
NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. Although [...] More

Franklin D. Boyce Annual Health Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The Franklin D. Boyce Scholarship Program was established in August 1996 in recognition of the long years of service provided by Mr. Boyce as CEO of John Randolph Medical Center, and as the first CEO of John Randolph Foundation. Funding for the Boyce Scholarship Program is provided through private donations and through the John Randolph Foundation Endowment. To promote a broad range of [...] More

GRCF Virginia Valk Fehsenfeld Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the Virginia Valk Fehsenfeld Scholarship, students must be full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree in dietetics, nutrition, education or general human services. Applicants must also be residents of Kent County, have financial need, and possess a 3.4 minimum GPA.

For more information about this award, please visit our [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must:
- Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment
- Be a United States citizen
- Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis

Application forms are only available through the high schools in the counties [...] More

NPFDA Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
In 1979, the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association Scholarship Foundation was developed. Since that time, the foundation has awarded over $110,000.00 in scholarships to outstanding students.

The NPFDA Scholarship Foundation is pleased to award scholarships to various students of agricultural colleges and universities across the US. Each student selected will receive a $1,500.00 [...] More

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
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The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of $1,000 or less to students from all areas [...] More

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
SHPE members who demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Merit and need-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded based on specific eligibility criteria listed in the application.

Please note: We have transitioned to a 100% paperless application process via STARS Online. You will be [...] More

Southwest Washington Medical Center General Health Career Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 03, Annually
SWMC General Health Career Scholarships: These scholarships are open to all graduating high school seniors accepted into a college of their choice, or returning college students residing in Clark or Skamania counties.

The three scholarship categories are funded by sales from Southwest Washington Medical Center’s two gift shops located on the main campus. The number of scholarships awarded [...] More

W. Price Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Each year, the Texas Restaurant Association awards the W. Price Jr. Memorial scholarship to students with a growing passion for the foodservice industry. The scholarship is named for W. Price Jr., the first executive director of the Texas Restaurant Association who served from 1953 until 1974. Two scholarships for $5,000 are awarded to students attending a four-year university or a culinary [...] More

Zannoni Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) Awards
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The purpose of the Zannoni Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) Awards is to introduce undergraduate students to pharmacology research in order to heighten interest in science as a career, with an emphasis on pharmacology graduate training to increase the number of young scientists entering the research discipline of pharmacology.

The Sponsor must be an ASPET Regular Member in good [...] More

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