The First International Nutritionist/Dietitian (FIND) Fellowship Fund for Study in the USA was established through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation to assist foreign national students who are pursuing postgraduate work in the USA and who have a clearly articulated plan to return to their country. Each year the fellowship is given to promising nutritionists/dietitians who intends to practice in a developing country with whose culture they are familiar. With the assistance of these awarded funds, the recipient will be enabled to contribute to the nutritional well-being of his or her country. Alice A. Wimpfheimer MS, RDN, CDN and Paquita D. Erdell EdD, RD who established the award, wanted to give foreign students a chance since at the time, the Academy did not have a funding source for international students seeking scholarships.
The award is funded now through the Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Management. Alice Wimpfheimer, who established the fund believes that, “Everybody has a different niche and can make a mark in a different way.
” The award has been given to students representing 14 different countries, including: Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Tanzania.
The first FIND award was presented in 2000 to Jihyun (Barbara) Yoon, MS, from South Korea. Yoon is currently on the faculty at Seoul National University and served as a thesis advisor to the 2013 FIND recipient Miyoung Kim, MSC, who is also from South Korea. Of the mentoring she received from Yoon, Kim says, “I respect her motivation and energy as a young professor in nutrition. I feel honored to be the second FIND recipient from South Korea after her
The past recipients of the FIND Award continue their nutrition efforts around the globe. Maria Jose Romo Palafox, RD, the 2012 recipient from Mexico shared, “I have been working towards understanding the lunch packing habits of parents in order to elaborate better nutrition guidelines for them and their preschoolers. I have also been looking for non-profit and non-governmental organizations that work with malnutrition worldwide so that I can help not only Mexico but other countries in the fight against hunger.”
Tatyana Yousef El-Kour, MS, RD from Jordan who received the award in 2003 is currently a Program Officer, Health Promotion Disease Prevention at the World Health Organization. She also served as the Global Delegate Scholar for Research and Policy at the 2011 Summer Special Olympic games held in Athens Greece.
Winnie Okuli Jason, the 2005 FIND recipient from Tanzania, recalls:” I remember when I was new to America and attending a community college. I was in desperate need for tuition fees, as I had no other help apart from my parents, who were not even in a position to help me at that time. I applied for the scholarship and I was among the people who were selected. I was so happy
!” She went on to say, “I now have bachelors in nutrition and I am currently working as a nurse. I use my nutrition knowledge on daily basis, when providing education to diabetic patients, breastfeeding mothers, people living with HIV/AIDS or patients with cholesterol issues. I apply nutrition knowledge with almost all of my patients, whether they are kids, adult or elderly. I see many diseases and many of them have something to do with nutrition
To see a complete list of the past FIND award recipients, please visit: http://www.eatright.org/Foundation/content.aspx?id=6998
The deadline to apply for the 2015 FIND Award is February 1, 2015. The award amount is $2,200. For more information or to download an application, please visit: http://www.eatright.org/Foundation/content.aspx?id=6998