The Georgia Dietetic Foundation (GDF), established in 1995, is a 501(C)(3) non-profit foundation. Since 1998, GDF has awarded $52,000 to 48 dietetic students; since 2011, we have awarded 4 professional stipends totaling $3,750. 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).
Elyse Sartor (2014 Ellen Jurgens Memorial Scholarship winner; dietetic internship at Emory): Elyse Sartor is a recent graduate with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Pepperdine University and plans to complete the Emory Hospitals Dietetic Internship. She has pursued nutrition as her vocation since she was diagnosed with prediabetes and food sensitivities at age eight. Elyse fell in love with nutrition science during high school while researching resveratrol at Princeton University, and has continued to research at Pepperdine University in the area of food sensitivities. She is grateful to the Georgia Dietetic Foundation for the Ellen Jurgens Memorial Scholarship award, which will allow her to complete the Emory Hospitals Dietetic Internship.
Laura Marchese (2014 GDF scholarship winner; dietetics student at Life University):" Once I become a Registered Dietitian, I plan to utilize my prior career experiences in communications and media to launch educational nutrition programming in schools, online and within a broadcast media context. My previous undergraduate degree in Communications and Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction have inspired and prepared me to implement large-scope nutrition education initiatives that will enhance public access to life-altering nutrition knowledge. I am so thankful for receiving this generous scholarship award, which will greatly help offset the costs of continuing to pursue my passion and ultimate dream of someday improving the health of thousands of people."
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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