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HRSA Nutrition Scholars Program

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In July 2020, the Department of Nutrition was awarded a $3.25 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The HRSA-Nutrition Scholars Program is designed to help cover college costs including tuition, fees, insurance, books, computer, supplies, and living expenses while pursuing an undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition – Dietetics (HND). Awards are available for low-income and/or first-generation college students enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits per semester) who demonstrate financial need through submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition to receiving funds to cover college costs, HRSA-Nutrition Scholars will participate in multiple program activities throughout the academic year.

As part of the HRSA grant, the Department of Nutrition offers Human Nutrition – Dietetics undergraduate students enrolled at MSU Denver the opportunity to apply for the HRSA-Nutrition Scholars Program which can award up to $26,000 per student per year.

The HRSA-Nutrition Scholars Program application is currently closed.

Please check back later; another application cycle may open in June.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be admitted to MSU Denver as a Human Nutrition – Dietetics major 
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours)
  • Must be a low-income and/or first-generation student 
  • Must have financial need as determined by FAFSA

How to Apply:

1. Complete a current FAFSA application. FAFSA information is required for award consideration. Any application without FAFSA information will not be reviewed.

2. Complete a general scholarship application. Students must first apply to the general scholarship application to receive access to the HRSA-Nutrition Scholars Program application.

3. Complete the HRSA-Nutrition Scholars Program application. You will gain access to this application only after completing the general scholarship application above. As part of the HRSA-Nutrition Scholars Program application, you must thoroughly and thoughtfully answer the following items:

  • Please describe anything that you think would help you be successful in the HND program and graduate from MSU Denver. Types of help could include tutoring/study skills, career advice or opportunities to follow nutrition professionals at their work, volunteer opportunities, advice on internship/graduate school/job applications, student clubs, seminars on topics such as budgeting or time management, regular academic advising, and/or anything you think would help you be successful.
  • Please describe your career goals after completing the HND program at MSU Denver. Please include short-term goals (1-2 years after graduation) and long-term goals (3-5 years after graduation).
  • How do you intend to use this scholarship if awarded?


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