The University of Cincinnati MS in Nutrition Sciences program has a variety of scholarship opportunities and a high percentage of students receive funding. 

Established in 2012 from the Charlotte E. Smith Trust.  Supports students (graduate or undergraduate) majoring in either Nutrition or Dietetics. The recipent should have financial need and be in the top 25% of their class at the time of the award.

Established by Timothy B. and Terri A. Hollenkamp, a speech-language pathology alumna and owner of REHAB on the Run and Rehab Resources, as well as Scott and Tina Whalen with matching funds from the University of Cincinnati Health.  Recipient(s) must be enrolled in the College of Allied Health Sciences, and have a diverse background, based upon factors including, but not limited to, socio-economic status (family income, wealth, etc.), parental education, cultural awareness, and history of overcoming adversity.  Recipient(s) must have and maintain at least a 3.2 GPA.  Preference shall be given to a first-generation student. Scholarship is awarded based on program director nomination of eligible students.

A Graduate Assistant (GA) is a graduate student who is given financial support, either with tuition remission and/or a stipend, for work in the graduate program in Nutrition Sciences.  A teaching assistant (TA) is a GA whose work predominately involves an instructional assignment (usually grading for a course and teaching a small section of a course) in the department. Graduate students who hold assistantships benefit educationally and professionally. They gain expertise in their field and enhance their research and teaching skills. Through their work, they acquire experience in leadership, interpersonal effectiveness, academic administrative experience, and enjoy collegial collaborations with advisors that may result in joint publications and other professional activities. Skills learned in assistantships prepare students not only for the academy, but also for corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations.  Assistantships also provide graduate students with the financial resources necessary to pursue their degrees. This financial support—stipend, tuition remission, and benefits—is part of the university’s commitment to the success of our graduate students.

The department will award assistantships to exemplary first year graduate students that meet the high end of the requirements for admission into the program with 3.0 GPA or higher, demonstrated research and teaching experience, and strong letters of recommendations. GA and TA recipients must register for at least 12 graduate credit hours for fall and spring semester of the year they are working. The GA will work with their advisor for 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.  The TA will typically work with the course instructor for the Personal Nutrition course for 10 hours per week in the fall and spring semester. The TA stipend award may be renewable for a second year based on good performance.

The Graduate Incentive Scholarship is funded by the Graduate School. The appointing program sends scholarship offers to students who apply to the program, including information about the amount and duration of the award and the terms of the offer. Students must maintain all of the required eligibility requirements in their offer letter to maintain their tuition scholarship.

Established in 2016 by an anonymous donor and the Gerber Foundation with matching funds from UC Health.  Provides tuition assistance for recipient(s) enrolled in the Bachelor of Sciences in Nutrition & Dietetics or the Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences programs. Recipient(s) must have a diverse background, based upon factors, including, but not limited to, socio-economic status (family income, wealth, etc.), parental education, cultural awareness, and history of overcoming diversity.  Recipient(s) must have and maintain at least a 3.2 GPA. Students eligible for this award must be engaged in clinical work or research with UC Health. Students who have applied and been accepted into these programs will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship.  

Established in 2009 by department faculty, this award recognizes exemplary second year graduate students for their (a) academic achievement, (b) critical thinking skills, (c) initiative and motivation, (d) professionalism, and (e) potential for leadership/success in the field of food and nutrition. Students must be enrolled in either the Nutrition & Dietetics (undergraduate) or Nutrition Sciences (graduate) program during the fall semester in which they apply and subsequent spring semester with a GPA 3.5 and no grade lower than a C in any course to qualify for this award. Students will submit an application packet which includes academic information, professional experience, written responses to essay questions, and a personal statement. 

Current students will be sent information on how they can apply for the scholarship in October each year.  Awards will be disbursed in the spring semester.  Information can also be found on the blackboard home pages for graduate students. 

Provides emergency funds for currently enrolled CAHS students who are in good standing and experiencing financial need. Recipient(s) can be undergraduate or graduate students.  Submit online Emergency Scholarship Application

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Established in 2016 by UC Health.  Recipient(s) must be enrolled in the College of Allied Health Sciences, entering their professional program. Eligible programs are: Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) (seniors), Dietetics Coordinated Program (juniors), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Advanced Medical Imaging Technology (AMIT) (juniors), Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Master of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Audiology, Master of Social Work (MSW).  Recipient(s) must have a diverse background, hold a 3.2 GPA or better and must have desire to practice in a hospital setting.  Available funds dependent on annual contributions. Scholarship is awarded based on program director nomination of eligible students. 

We have curated a list of national Nutrition Sciences scholarships for you to review and apply for if you meet the criteria. 

National Nutrition Sciences scholarships (PDF)

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