BADD Scholarships

Please note that this year’s award cycle has closed.  We will announce the awardees in the coming months.

BADD will be awarding two (2) $3,500 scholarships for individuals from historically excluded groups who have been accepted into either 1) an undergraduate or graduate ACEND-accredited academic program (e.g., Didactic Program in Dietetics, Coordinated Graduate or Undergraduate Program, Diet Technician Registered Program with coordinated fieldwork, etc.),  or 2) an individual admitted to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program (e.g. Dietetic Internship, Dietetic Technician Supervised Practice, etc.). Please be prepared to provide proof of acceptance or enrollment to a program in either aforementioned category.

The application is composed of three parts; demographic questions, scholastic-related questions, and qualitative supplemental materials such as short-answer essays and a creative element.  Demographic questions are optional, but completing them will help BADD achieve its mission.  The application opens June 1, 2021.  Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2021 for this year’s cycle.  A copy of the evaluation rubric for applications is also available.  Only Massachusetts residents are eligible for BADD scholarships given BADD’s mission to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Boston-area.

Below is a listing of the essay questions on the application:

Required  (10 points total)
  • Tell us about what your lived experience and/or unique perspective would bring to the field of nutrition as a future professional.

Choose 1 of the following: (20 points total)

  • Tell us a story about how food played a role in your upbringing and how this influences your choice to enter the field as a future professional.
  • If you were the President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, what would be one initiative/policy you would enact? Why?
  • If you were to start your own business, what kind of business would it be and what work would you be doing? Why?
  • How has your experience as a patient influenced the kind of professional you want to be?

Optional: Creative Element (worth up to 5 bonus points on final application score)

  • What does a diverse, inclusive dietetics field look like to you? You may showcase your ideas in any medium that you prefer, including (but absolutely not limited to) words, video, visual art, a recipe/dish, music, etc.

For questions or assistance, or to send a hard copy of your application materials, please contact Jay Patruno, Chair, Scholarship and Awards Committee at jpatruno14@gmail.com.  Information about BADD, including its mission and how to join us, can be found on this website.