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Georgia Dietetic Foundation

The Georgia Dietetic Foundation (GDF), established in 1995, is a 501(C)(3) non-profit foundation.  Over the past 20 years, GDF has awarded $55,000 to 50 students, $17,303 for professional development grants, and $4,500 for five professional development stipends.  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.

Mission Statement

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.

Scholarship Program

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

Scholarship Application (Click here to access)

GDF is pleased to announce the support of a professional development stipend and four student scholarships this year:  Josana Nagasaka received the Ellen Jurgen Memorial Scholarship.  The recipient of this scholarship must be enrolled in an ACEND accredited supervised practice/internship program in Georgia.  Additionally, due to a large number of strong applications, the following three students will also receive student scholarships from GDF: Emily Rollins, Taylor Moree, and Hannah Wilson. 

Professional Development Stipend

The Georgia Dietetic Foundation (GDF) provides an annual professional development stipend up to $750.00 to one registered dietitian nutritionist who is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 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 in the GAND President’s Platform and at ACE the following year. The application deadline is September 8th, and the winner will be notified by September 15th.

Stipend Application (click to access application Word / pdf)

Dawn McCoy, MS, RDN, LD was the 2016-2017 GDF Professional Stipend winner. Dawn has been in practice as a registered dietitian for 35 years and currently serves the Clinical Nutrition Manager at UPSON Regional Medical Center in Thomaston, Georgia. Being in a small, rural hospital with 10 ICU beds and complicated cases, Dawn was able to attend the A.S.P.E.N. Clinical Nutrition Week in February 2017 with the goal of furthering her nutrition support education. The conference provided Dawn the tools and confidence she needed to update enteral and parenteral nutrition protocols for UPSON Regional Medical Center.

"In applying for the Georgia Dietetic Foundation stipend, my two stated goals were to learn about current assessment & practice guidelines and to develop my skills in nutrition support.  Attending ASPEN’s Clinical Nutrition Week in Orlando, Florida was not only an amazing experience, the number & type of learning opportunities at this conference, combined with the vast & varied number of topics offered, exceeded the expectations for meeting my goals!"  Click here to read full wrap-up from ASPEN CLINICAL NUTRITION WEEK 2017- "Green Tea KitKats, Boot Camp & Other Life Forms"


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

The Georgia Dietetic Foundation Board (GDF) has begun a new fiscal year with the following board members:

Cindy Gumucio, MS, RDN, LD: President
Cathy McCarroll, MPH, RDN, LD: Past President
Jenny Askew, MS, RD, LD, ACSM-HFS: Vice President
Carolyn Silzle, MS, MBA, RDN, FAND: Scholarship Chair
Diane Heller, MMSc, RDN, LD, FAND: Treasurer
Meredith Hornbuckle, MS, RDN, CSP, LD: Professional Stipend Chair
Roseann Hoeye,  MBA, RDN, LD
Holly Thaw, MS, RDN, LD: Social Media Chair
Jessica Collet, MS, RDN, LD: GAND liaison
Marcy Steinberg, BSN, CRNA: Community Member
Lesley Baradel, MBA, MS, RDN, LD
Barb Hopkins, MMSc, RD, LD
Teryn Keller, Student liaison

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