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DYC Student Awarded Scholarship by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

Buffalo, New York – September 15, 2013 – Maria I. Aguero, a D’Youville College student, majoring in dietetics is a recipient of a $5000 Commission on Dietetics Registration Diversity Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation in recognition of her academic work in dietetics.

Scholarship requirements include maintaining a B grade average, be a junior or senior student enrolled in a Coordinated or a Didactic Program in Dietetics, be accepted by a supervised practice program, and be in a program of graduate student in an accredited college. The student should also be in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Maria has volunteered at Beechwood Continuing Care, serving both English and Spanish speaking residents and served as a volunteered at Camp Alabare Holy Family Ministries, a camp for low-income Hispanic families.

“She demonstrated the leadership, intelligence, and experience that are needed to be successful,” said Dr. Edward H. Weiss, Professor of Dietetics, in proposing her for the scholarship. “She has developed an important record of community activities that enrich our local area and expand her job skills, “ he wrote. “These include working with Women, Infants and Children (WIC) mothers and children planning, preparation, and serving of a Thanksgiving meal at Santa Maria Towers.”

“Dr. Weiss encouraged me to apply for the scholarship” Maria said. “It will be a big help toward paying tuition and books.”

Maria, a native of Paraguay, transferred as an honor student from Erie County Community College into D’Youville’s five-year program in 2011. She is the mother of four children, all in college locally, and works part time at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) as a Dietetics Technician.

Earlier this year, she received a $1000 D’Youville scholarship. She will graduate in 2014.

The Chicago based Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals and have provided more than $3.8 million in scholarships during the past 11 years.

“As nutrition and dietetics continue to play an expanding role in improving the health of people across the globe, it is vital that we support those outstanding students who are the future of our profession,” said Academy Foundation Chair, Kathy McClusky.

“These scholarships help alleviate some of the financial burden from these future professionals and open a clearer path for them to pursue their passion,” she added.