Virginia A. Beal Scholarship

Virginia A. Beal, Professor Emerita of Human Nutrition, who retired from this department in 1986, has established a scholarship fund specifically for students in the Department of Nutrition.

A graduate of Simmons College in 1939, she received a M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health in 1945 and continued working there in the Department of Maternal and Child Health. In 1948 she joined the University of Colorado School of Medicine as a member of the Department for the Study of Human Growth and later with the Department of Pediatrics. During that time she also served as nutritionist with the Child Research Council in Denver. She became a member of the nutrition faculty at UMass in 1971.

A fellow of the American Public Health Association and member of the American Institute of Nutrition, the American Dietetic Association, Society for Nutrition Education and the New York Academy of Sciences, she was also named Centennial Scholar, Case Western Reserve University on 1980, and awarded the Medallion Award by the American Dietetic Association in 1982 and the University of Massachusetts Chancellor’s Medal in 1985. Her pioneering work and expertise in nutrition and growth was called upon by various national organizations, including National Institutes of Health, Children’s Bureau, National Research Council, American Heart Association, the Nutrition Foundation, and Center for Disease Control as a consultant or as a member of expert committees.

Professor Beal is the author of the standard textbook “Nutrition in the Life Span”, co-author of “Roberts’ Nutrition Work with Children, 4th Edition” and co-editor of “Proceedings of the Symposia on Dietary Data Collection, Analysis and Significance”. In addition to authoring chapters in a variety of other books, she is the author of more than 40 research articles.


The Virginia A. Beal Scholarship is awarded to two to four graduate students and senior Nutrition majors. 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. The total funds available will be awarded as two or three equal scholarships, one given to a graduate student and one or two to seniors.

How to Apply

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