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The goal of the Nutrition and Dietetics Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) at Benedictine University (BenU) is to contribute to the reduction of the disparity among underrepresented populations entering the Dietetics field to better meet the need for a diversified workforce in Dietetics in the future. The MSP at BenU provides scholarships and funds supplemental opportunities to support the recruitment, engagement, mentoring, retention, and academic success and career preparation of underrepresented undergraduate students pursing a major in Nutrition and Dietetics at BenU. This five-year MSP is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and administered through the BenU Nutrition Department.
The BenU Nutrition and Dietetics MSP is open to students who meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
If more applicants apply than MSP Scholar positions available, level of financial need will be considered (as indicated from your FAFSA submission to the University).
In addition to a $3,250 scholarship per semester, for a maximum of four semesters, to each Nutrition and Dietetics MSP Scholar, the funding will pay for student memberships to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, partial to full coverage of a professional conference, lab fees for select NUTR courses, and funding of a RDN test practice program for senior year. Plus, there is funding to promote global engagement; a $3,000 award per Nutrition and Dietetics MSP Scholar is available towards participation in one BenU study abroad program. The overall value of the award approximately $19,000 per student inclusive of both years, assuming participation in a professional conference and study abroad (plus some administrative costs paid by the grant for teaching, supplies, and oversight).
To participate in the MSP, you must agree to the conditions detailed below. Confirm your agreement with your signature and date at the bottom of the application form.
You understand that the scholarship and other funding is awarded on a per semester basis, for up to four undergraduate semesters. This award is provided to juniors and seniors who are accepted and retained in the BenU Nutrition and Dietetics MSP. Students who are selected as Nutrition and Dietetics MSP Scholars for their junior (or 3rd) year do not need to reapply for the scholarship in their senior (or 4th/final) year. Progress and continued eligibility of each MSP Scholar are reviewed by the Nutrition and Dietetics MSP Team at the end of each semester.
If accepted into the MSP Scholars program, you agree to participate in the following activities during your junior and senior years:
You are strongly encouraged to discuss attendance/participation at a professional conference and BenU study abroad program, funded in part or fully by this grant.
You understand that to be reimbursed for expenses listed or as designated by the MSP Director, you must have written pre-approval for the expense and submit an original receipt within 21 calendar days, or sooner, following the expense. Pre-approval is required as BenU will pay a vendor directly in some cases.
You understand that you must maintain a cumulative BenU GPA above 3.00/4.00 and continue to actively pursue the Nutrition and Dietetics major as a full-time student (i.e. taking at least 12 hours per semester) to continue as MSP scholar. If MSP Scholar status is not maintained according to the eligibility and conditions outlined above by a MSP Scholar, a student could reapply again once the required eligibility and conditions have been met.