Helen S. Mitchell Scholarship

Dr. Helen S. Mitchell (1895-1984), former head of the Department of Nutrition and Food and Dean of the School of Home Economics at the University of Massachusetts, established a scholarship fund specifically for students majoring in nutrition.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College in 1917, she received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Yale in 1921. She was named research director of the Battle Creek (Mich.) Sanatorium and taught physiology and nutrition there until she joined the faculty of home economics at UMass on 1935. During World War II, on leave from UMass, she was a principal nutritionist in the Office of Defense, Health and Welfare from1941-43, and the chief nutritionist with the State Department in the Office of Foreign Relief and Rehabilitation in 1943-44. She served as Dean of the School of Home Economics from 1947 until her retirement in 1960 when she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree. She also received an honorary degree from Mount Holyoke College in 1972.

After leaving UMass, she went to Hokkaido University in Japan as an exchange professor under the A.I.D. program. Upon her return, she became a consultant for the Harvard School of Public Health and the Head Start program.

Professor Mitchell was senior co-author of the standard textbook “Nutrition in Health and Disease”, which continued in print for 56 years through 17 editions in five different languages. She was also co-author of “Nutrition in Nursing” and author of more than 70 articles on original nutrition research as well as its application to human needs.


The Helen S. Mitchell Scholarship is awarded in two equal scholarships each, one to a graduate student and one to a senior Nutrition major. The scholarship recipients are selected by the department faculty. While emphasis is placed on academic performance, potential to contribute to the profession as well as financial need are taken into account in making the decision.

The amount of these scholarships range from approximately $400 to $1000 and is based on academic and professional achievement, financial need, and professional goals.

How to Apply

Check back soon for application deadlines, and to download the Scholarship Application.