Food & Nutrition: Scholarships Resource Guide

Information regarding scholarships is available in the Financial Aid Office and the website. Watch the Department’s bulletin board for notice of additional scholarships.

Framingham State University and Foundation Scholarships for Food and Nutrition

FSU Scholarships and Foundation Scholarships are awarded based upon academic success and sometimes financial need (determined from the FAFSA). They are awarded to both new and returning students.

In an effort to maximize the awarding of merit and need-based scholarships to FSU student a scholarship application is not needed for either for a first or renewal awards. Instead, FSU identifies all students who are eligible for the various scholarships and makes awards according to merit, need, or a combination of both considerations. Freshmen and transfer students are evaluated for scholarships based upon their admissions application, including official transcripts.

Please note:

  1. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be considered for or to be renewed for any scholarship with a need-based component. If you do not have a FAFSA on file - you should consider completing one as soon as possible.
  2. If your scholarship has a merit component, such as a minimum QPA, you must remain eligible under the scholarship's criteria in order to be renewed for that scholarship.

A description of the current scholarships are available online at

Department of Food and Nutrition Annual Awards

The faculty in the Food and Nutrition Department are responsible for choosing students for the following awards.  No application is required.



Award Type

Outstanding Food and Nutrition Senior

A graduating senior in Food and Nutrition; top ranking student with overall grade point average of 3.0 or better; exhibits scholarship, leadership and, professional commitment; promotes awareness of nutrition on campus and the community.





Outstanding Health and Wellness Senior

A graduating senior in Nutrition and Wellness/ Health and Wellness; top ranking student with overall grade point average of 3.0 or better; exhibits scholarship, leadership and, professional commitment; promotes awareness of health, wellness and/or nutrition on campus and the community.





Louisa A. Nicholass Scholarship


FSU Financial Aid Office 


 This scholarship is given to students majoring in Food and Nutrition with a minimum QPA of 3.0. Must have been enrolled for at least one year before award is given

Amount varies but usually between $800 and $1100.

Rachel Bangs Outstanding Consumer Sciences Department Senior

Overall grade point average of 2.5 or better; member of the Family and Consumer Science Club (Phi Upsilon Omicron); graduating senior; exemplifies professionalism, demonstrates leadership, radiates enthusiasm for Consumer Sciences


Marion L. Cronan Memorial Award




To be granted to an undergraduate or graduate student, with at least one full semester left to complete their program at Framingham State University, who has demonstrated ability and a passion for the field of nutrition



Dr. Marilyn Abernethy


Marilyn M. Abernethy Endowed Fund

Given to a junior or senior majoring in Food and Nutrition who has a minimum grade point average of 2.75 who show leadership potential in the field of Food and Nutrition





Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA)

The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni offers scholarship opportunities from 25 funds each year. The awards range from $100 to $1000 depending upon the fund, number of applicants, and available resources. 

You can find the application form for IAFSA scholarships on the Association's website at  by clicking on Awards, at the office in Alumni House at 42 Adams Road, by calling 508.872.9770. Hard copies are usually available in the Financial Aid Office and the Food and Nutrition Department Office in Hemenway 215 starting around February 1st for the following academic year. All applications are due March 15th of each academic year.

Most scholarships are for full-time, undergraduate students at Framingham State University. The descriptions specify if they are also available for graduate or part-time students.

Read the application carefully.  Requirements include:

  • Personal Letter of Qualification should include: your academic goals; campus and community activities; honors and awards; work experience; financial needs; special considerations; information about other family members who have special financial needs; and your plans for the future. The readers want to learn more about you.
  • Your letter must be organized, well-written, and follow all grammar rules. 
  • Letter of recommendation from an FSU professor, advisor, or administrator. One copy only, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Consult pages 2 and 3 to see which scholarships require a printed copy of this completed form. It is required in those cases whether or not you have submitted the application for federal financial assistance to the Federal Student Aid Programs Processing Center or to Framingham State University.

Off-Campus Scholarships 

1. Massachusetts Dietetic Association (MDA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics scholarships are also posted on the Department’s bulletin board. Both of these scholarships require the student to be a student member of the AND.