Senior Nutrition Major at CSULB Receives $4,000 ConAgra Scholarship from American Dietetic Association Foundation

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CSULB senior nutrition major Estrella Atkinson (left) receives her $4,000 ConAgra Foods Scholarship from Gail Frank, CSULB nutrition professor and director of the campus' Dietetic Internship Program.

Estrella F. Atkinson of Long Beach, a senior nutrition major at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), has received the $4,000 ConAgra Foods Scholarship from the American Dietetic Association (ADA) Foundation.

In all, the ADA Foundation awarded 141 scholarships totaling $264,650 for the 2010-2011 academic year. These scholarships provide much needed support to ADA members currently pursuing educational programs, including internships and undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. programs.

“Estrella is a wonderful and logical recipient of the ADA ConAgra Scholarship. She is dedicated to her major, a leader and contributor to student organizations, maintains a good GPA and shows enthusiasm in all she attempts,” said Gail Frank, professor of nutrition and director of CSULBs Dietetic Internship Program. “It has been a pleasure working with her on community projects in Long Beach and as faculty advisor for Students Active in Community Health, for which she is vice-president this year.”

Atkinson said her selection as the scholarship recipient was based on a combination of different factors, including her grade point average, involvement in school and in the community, work experience and the letter of recommendation from a practicing dietician in the field. She is grateful for the financial assistance.

“This scholarship is going to help me support my dietetic internship, which I hopefully will be starting in fall 2011,” Estrella F. Atkinson pointed out. “After completing my dietetic internship, my future career goal is to become a registered dietitian and then get involved with the Peace Corps. I want to go to developing nations and assist with the nutritional and dietetic needs of people who are starving in these third-world countries.”

As the largest provider of dietetic scholarships, the ADA Foundation offers financial support to deserving students at a variety of levels of study. Over the last eight years, more than 2,000 students have been awarded scholarships from the ADAF, totaling nearly $2.5 million.

ConAgra Foods, Inc. is one of North America’s largest packaged food companies, serving consumer grocery retailers, as well as restaurants and other foodservice establishments. The ConAgra Foods Foundation, the philanthropic arm of ConAgra Foods, works to improve the quality of life in communities across the country.

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