CSULB Graduate Student Brittney Widler Receives 2014 Patricia Rathmann Hartford Dietetic Internship Scholarship
2014-05-14 · By Editor
Brittney Widler of Long Beach, a dietetic intern and first year graduate student in the nutritional science program at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), has been awarded the 2014 Patricia Rathmann Hartford Dietetic Internship Scholarship.
Established in 2007, the dietetic internship scholarship was created with a $10,000 endowment from Rathmann Hartford, who was one of the first alumnae from the campus’ undergraduate nutrition program in the mid-1960s. Widler received a $400 scholarship.
“I am extremely grateful,” Widler said of receiving the award. “My journey in nutrition and dietetics has involved my undergraduate education at CSU Chico, various volunteer experiences, work experience, and now the dietetic internship and (CSULB master’s) program. I feel honored to be recognized for the hard work, and the scholarship is much appreciated toward my goal of becoming a registered dietitian.”
In the field of dietetics, Widler wants to focus on nutrition and aging, which she described as her “passion.” She said she finds the older segment of the nation’s population to be a very special part of American society, and she is excited to work with them in various settings to preserve their health and prevent or treat disease.
“I volunteered at several hospitals and senior centers during my undergraduate work, and then worked at a skilled nursing and rehab facility in Northern California before the start of my internship at CSULB,” Widler noted. “My favorite thing about working with seniors is learning through their wisdom and life experiences, and making them smile.”
The scholarship will help her reach her educational goals and allowing her to finish the master’s in nutritional science program at CSULB while starting her career as a registered dietitian.
“We, as a nation, are facing so many major challenges with diabetes mellitus, obesity, cancers and heart disease, that young nutrition professionals must step forward to change the course of disease in our multicultural society from infants to older adults,” said Gail Frank, professor of nutrition and director of the nationally accredited Dietetic Internship Program at CSULB. “The Patricia Hartford Scholarship is a tremendous help for our students to complete their education and become the professional registered dieticians needed to address these problems with healthy eating in all phases of life.”