Athlete of the Year & Scholarships

The CPSDA "Athlete of the Year" Award recognizes one male and one female collegiate, Olympic, professional or tactical (military, police or fire) athlete whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of the sports dietitian, reflect dedication to sports nutrition. The two nominating sports dietitians whose athletes are selected will be recognized at CPSDA's Annual Conference Awards Banquet.

CPSDA members can nominate one or more athletes who represent the very best of performance nutrition:

  • Used sports nutrition to help overcome a health or performance hurdle.
  • Taught you nearly as much as they learned from you.
  • Inspired how you deliver sports nutrition to benefit others.
  • Impacted the sports nutrition culture of those around them.
  • Used sports nutrition as a turning point to meet performance goals.
  • Made a simple change (eating breakfast regularly, carrying a water bottle, improving sleep patterns) that resulted in improved performance.
  • Used a food-first approach while learning to wisely choose third-party tested dietary supplements.

The nomination period for the 2021 Athlete of Year Award will open Tuesday, December 1, 2020 through midnight EST Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Professional Scholarships:

CPSDA awards two $1,500 scholarships for two current CPSDA professional members looking to utilize the scholarship to advance their practice or enhance their knowledge.  Members can be creative in how they choose to use this scholarship. For example, attending conferences, seminars, workshops, webinars and additional certifications.
Scholarship criteria includes:
  • Explained desired outcome and how it will enhance you as a professional
  • Financial Barriers/Challenges

The application period for 2021 scholarships are open Tuesday, December 1, 2020 through midnight EST Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Student Scholarships:

CPSDA awards two $1,500 scholarships applied for the 2021-2022 academic year (July 2021-June 2022) for two current CPSDA student members studying to become a sports dietitian in an undergraduate academic or dietetic internship program or graduate academic program. The scholarships will be awarded to two individuals - one undergraduate and one graduate - who exemplify all that it takes to be a sports dietitian.

Scholarship criteria includes:

  • Leadership and community service
  • Nutrition-related experience
  • Paid or unpaid work experience
  • Sports nutrition mission statement explaining your vision of the future of sports nutrition

The application period for 2021-2022 scholarships is Tuesday, December 1, 2020 through midnight EST Sunday, February 7, 2021.

CPSDA Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Dietetic Internship Scholarship:

CPSDA will award 1 (one) $7,000 scholarship to a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC) student pursuing a career in sports nutrition to attend an accredited dietetic internship of their choice for the 2021-2022 calendar year. The scholarship winner will also receive complimentary registration to the 2022 CPSDA Sports Nutrition Boot Camp and a 1 year CPSDA student membership. This scholarship will be awarded to one candidate who best demonstrates the characteristics it takes to excel as a sports dietitian.

To be eligible for the CPSDA Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship, the applicant must:
  • Have or be anticipating an undergraduate degree conferral in Dietetics, Nutrition, Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Chemistry, Biology or other nutrition related field.
  • Identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern and North African, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, and/or multiracial statement.
  • Applicant's may currently be enrolled and completing their Dietetic Internship, however cannot have completed of the DI prior the scholarship award being announced.
  • Applicant selected to receive the award must show proof of a Dietetics Internship match by April 12, 2021.
Application Requirements:
  • Submission of an unofficial or official transcript
  • Current resume
  • An Interest and Qualification Statement that describes your interest in the field of performance nutrition, outline your experience with athletics, and address how you meet the application qualification of being from an underrepresented group. (1 page in length)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation from a current DPD director, academic advisor, employer, professional CPSDA member, or professional mentor. References should give pertinent information as to the applicant's character, scholastic ability, and professional

Questions? Contact CPSDA Scholarship and Awards Committee Chair Beth McCall at [email protected].