December 11, 2018
MPH Nutrition student Sarah Ferguson was recently awarded the 2018 Colonel Frances G. Ballentine Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. The $2500 scholarship provides opportunities for graduate students to pursue careers in dietetics.
“When I received the email regarding my receipt of the Colonel Frances G. Ballentine scholarship, I was pleasantly surprised and truly overjoyed,” says Ferguson. “It felt like a confirmation that continuing to pursue my MPH-Nutrition despite significant adversity was the right decision. This scholarship helped me to feel financially supported while working towards reaching my academic goals.”
The scholarship award comes at a fortuitous moment for Ferguson, who was forced into a year-long absence from the MPH program following a serious car accident.
“The Master of Public Health Nutrition program allowed me to combine my two passions, nutrition and public health. This program is unlike any other and I’ve learned so much through this academic experience,” adds Ferguson, who will use the scholarship to offset some of her tuition costs for the upcoming semesters.
The scholarship is named after Colonel Frances G. Ballentine, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member and U.S. Air Force Colonel who had a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, serving as Consultant Dietitian for the Air Force Logistics Command as well as Consultant in Dietetics for the Surgeon General’s Office. She established the award in 2004, and bequeathed more than $250,000 to the Academy Foundation upon her passing in 2017.