The Georgia Dietetic Foundation (GDF), established in 1995, is a 501(C)(3) non-profit foundation. Since 1998, GDF has awarded $49,000 to 46 dietetic students; since 2011, we have awarded 4 professional stipends totaling $3,000. Foundation activities have included monetary donations to local community organizations; support for statewide educational meetings, including the GAND Annual Convention and Exhibition; and promotion of delivery of up-to-date nutrition information and services to Georgians.
The mission of GDF is to promote the health and well-being of Georgia citizens through nutrition education by supporting the education and professional development of dietetic and other health care professionals.
GDF awards one or more scholarships per year to qualified candidates in graduate, undergraduate, and supervised practice programs. The amount of each scholarship is $1500. Candidates do not have to be Georgia residents but must be enrolled in or accepted to a Georgia program. The recipients of the awards will be recognized at the Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE). The 2014 application deadline is April 30th, and recipients will be notified by June15th.
Scholarship Application (pdf or Word).
“After becoming a registered dietitian, I would like to work with families in order to alleviate the obesity epidemic. If the whole family is working together and is engaged in physical activity then that calls for a happier AND healthier unit.” ~ Ivbaria Akhabue (2013 Ellen Jurgens Memorial Scholarship winner; dietetic internship at Emory)
“I feel so blessed to have received the Georgia Dietetic Foundation scholarship. This award will greatly assist me in continuing to pursue my passion of becoming a registered dietitian as I complete my dietetic internship at Southern Regional Medical Center. I plan on doing my best in order to assist many individuals improve their health through proper nutrition as my career in dietetics continues to advance.” ~ Paola Aldana (2013 GDF scholarship winner; dietetic internship at Southern Regional Medical Center)
Professional Development Stipend
The Georgia Dietetic Foundation (GDF) provides an annual award stipend up to $750.00 to one registered dietitian who is a member of the American Dietetic Association, and resides in the state of Georgia. This stipend is applied toward costs associated with a regional, national or international dietetics or nutrition conference or symposium. Expenses covered by the stipend include (but are not limited to) registration fees, travel and lodging. The recipient of the stipend will be recognized at the Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE). The application must be postmarked on or before February 15th.
Stipend Application (pdf or Word) or Click here to complete and submit application on-line.
Tonya Nicole Cooksey, MS, RD, LD used the stipend to attend the 2013 American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) 17th Annual Health and Fitness Summit and Exposition at Paris Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV). Read about her experience!
How to Contribute to GDF
Your tax exempt contribution to GDF will support its scholarship program and professional development stipend.
To make a donation on-line using a credit card, click here.
Or send your contribution check made payable to GDF using this donation form (pdf or Word). Please send to:
Georgia Academy Executive Director, Kelly Schriver
4780 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Suite A #512, Atlanta, Georgia, 30338-5504
GDF Board of Trustees
Cathy McCarroll, MPH, RD, LD (President)
Joanna Skinner, MBA, MS, RD, LD (Vice President)
Diane Heller, MMSc, RD, LD (Treasurer)
April Rascoe, MS, RD, LD (Secretary)
Roseann Hoeye, MBA, RD, LD (Immediate Past President)
Lesley Baradel, MBA, MS, RD, LD (GAND Representative)
Holly Cheek Thaw, MS, RD, LD
Crystal Duncan, MBA, FMP
RJ Harvey, RD, LD, CEC
Barb Hopkins, MMSc, RD, LD
Kinley Perno (Student Liaison)
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