Student Scholarships

Finding additional funds for your nutrition education has never been easier. Georgia Dietetics Foundation (GDF) awards one or more scholarships per year to qualified candidates in graduate, undergraduate, and supervised practice programs who are pursuing a career in the Nutrition or Dietetics field. Supervised practice programs include the variety of dietetic internships and coordinated programs in the state of Georgia. The amount of each scholarship changes yearly with the Ellen Jurgens Scholarship now awarding $1500.

Candidates do not have to be Georgia residents but must be enrolled in or accepted to a Georgia program. Expenses covered by the scholarship include;


  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Memberships or Affiliation dues
  • Education opportunities
  • Conferences
  • Workshops

Recipients of the student scholarship awards will be recognized at Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ (GAND) Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE), on the GDF website, and in GDF social media.

Scholarship Guidelines

The postmark deadline for submitting all the information requested is June 15th. All applicants will be notified by July 1st.

Applicants must apply for one of the following categories:

SUPERVISED PRACTICE PROGRAM - applicant must be accepted into a ACEND  accredited program (dietetic internship, coordinated program) at the time of the award presentation (June). Applicant must be either entering a supervised practice program or have at least 5 months or more remaining in the program. 

UNDERGRADUATE - applicant must be enrolled in an accredited DPD program at the time of the award (June).

  • Be a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association);
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 system
  • Be enrolled in, or accepted into an ACEND-approved program in Georgia.

SCHOLARSHIP: Grade point averages at all academic levels, publications, academic honors, etc.

PROFESSIONAL POTENTIAL: Reference forms, applicant’s letter of intent, and essay.

  1. Answer all questions on the application to the best of your ability. If a question is not applicable to your situation, write “not applicable” in the appropriate space.
  2. Applicants must send an email to if address changes after the application has been submitted and before notification date of the scholarship.
  3. An essay of 500 words or less from the applicant addressed to “Committee Chair”stating: 1) how you became interested in dietetics; 2) your short-and long-range professional goals; 3) your plans for the next academic year of study; 4) how this educational pursuit will benefit you as a practitionar; and 5) describe what you consider to be characteristics of a professionally successful person. 
  4. Please provide two references (must be completed). One of the references should be from an academic advisor and a faculty member whereas any additional references can be from another faculty member or a work supervisor who is familiar with your work experience (can be paid or volunteer work).  
  5. Unofficial transcripts from the most recent college indicating your GPA.
  6. Proof of acceptance into a program:
    Written verification from program director that applicant is currently enrolled in a program or has applied to one of the programs (undergraduate or supervised practice)

All application materials must be submitted in the "Signature & Document Upload" tab below (as a word document or scanned PDF) by the stated submission deadlines. Please make sure all of the appropriate documents are labelled. 

For any questions you may have, you may email:

NOTE:  You will be notified by email when your application packet is received.

For all references please include a title page that lists; 1) Reference's Name, 2) Official Title, 3) Place of Employment, 4) Email Address, & 5) Phone Number.

Please remember that one reference MUST be an academic reference.


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