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 Scholarships.com, 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!

AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship seeks to increase communication skills in student scientists. From grant writing to interaction with their community, these skills will benefit a student's career path and increase public understanding of science and technology. Students must be enrolled as a college or university student (graduate, doctoral, or upper-level undergraduates) or [...] More

GRCF Virginia Valk Fehsenfeld Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

    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 [...] More

Naugatuck Valley Medical Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Naugatuck Valley Medical Scholarship Fund (NVMSF) is a fund dedicated to financially assisting graduating high school students who plan to major in a medical or biomedical field. The NVMSF extends scholarships to students in the lower Naugatuck Valley area of Connecticut, which is made up of the towns of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton, Oxford, and Beacon Falls.

    Applicants must have a GPA [...] More

NPFDA Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The National Poultry & Food Distributors Association is pleased to award scholarships to various students of agricultural colleges and universities across the US.

    To qualify, applicant must be enrolled as a full time college junior or senior the upcoming (award) year at a U.S. institution and must be pursuing a Poultry or related Agricultural, Ag Business degree – Agricultural Business, [...] More

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2019
  • Amount: $60,000
  • Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarships are open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who will graduate or have graduated from high school in one of the following Middle Tennessee counties: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, [...] More

SHPE Professional Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • SHPE will provide $2,000 to applicants who are employed full-time in the U.S. or Puerto Rico in a technical career field and enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degree program and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the academic year. Applicant must be pursuing a first master's or doctoral degree. Applicant must be a paid SHPE member in good [...] More

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/5/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage in obtaining a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, undergraduate students and graduate students. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum of 3.0 GPA for high school students. A minimum of 2.5 [...] More

The Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/20/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. Entries may only be sent by [...] More

Valparaiso University Ament-Benner Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Ament-Brenner Scholarship is for members of a Lutheran congregation in the greater St. Louis area. Applicants must be preparing for a career in the healthcare field (e.g., nursing, physical or occupational therapy, pre-med etc.). Scholarship amounts vary, based on financial need. Applicants must complete the undergraduate admission application and file the FAFSA by the deadline. For more [...] More

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Last Reviewed: April 2019