"This scholarship makes possible my continued education as a Dietetic Intern in the Program in Nutrition, Teachers College, Columbia University. By alleviating the financial hardship, both due to the unpaid nature of the dietetic internship and impact of COVID-19, this scholarship allows me to focus on learning new skills, cultivating competencies, and gaining exposure and insight to the world of dietetics. Additionally, I’m incredibly passionate about improving diversity and inclusion in our profession, and because of this scholarship, I am able to dedicate more time to my volunteer position with the non-profit Diversify Dietetics as a mentor and writing coach, providing personalized feedback and support on personal statements and resumes."
- Rebecca Valdez
2020 Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity