The Nancy DeMuth Ruhle Scholarship recognizes outstanding dietetics students for their academic achievements and emerging leadership. If you know a deserving student who exemplifies these qualities, please encourage him or her to submit an application. Applications will become available again in September, 2018.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT, Brooke busa!
2019 Scholarship Winner
Samantha obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Management from RIT in May 2019. She plans to complete her dietetic internship at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.
While a student at RIT, Brooke was a member of the Women’s Cross Country and Track team from 2015-2019 and served as the captain in 2018. During her senior year, she was the president of the Student Dietetic Association at RIT from 2018-2019. Brooke had the opportunity to conduct an independent research project titled “Common Misconceptions in Nutrition” in 2016 and was the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Award. During her undergraduate career, Brooke volunteered as the student liaison for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
When asked about her career path, Brooke says, “my athletic career inspired me to pursue the career of dietetics. I always noticed so many athletes struggling to fuel themselves properly, and that drove me to want to do something about it. As I have grown into nutrition, my “why” is different. I now want t help people find confidence in their lifestyle instead of being controlled by diet culture.”
In the future, Brooke plans to open a private practice with a focus on Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. Her goal as a dietitian is to not only help individuals feel confident in their own body but also to help the dietetic profession become more well known and respected among our society.
We wish Brooke the best of luck as she begins her Dietetic Internship at the University of Maryland!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT, Samantha TenEyck!
2018 Scholarship Winner
Samantha obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Management from RIT in December 2017. She is currently working as a School Nutrition Assistant at Gates Chili Central School District. She plans to complete her dietetic internship at University of Maryland in College Park, MD this Fall.
While a student at RIT, Samantha had the opportunity to serve as the Peer Mentor Coordinator, as a peer mentor for undergraduate students, and the GDA Representative for the Student Dietetic Association. She represented the Nutrition Management program as an open house ambassador for new and prospective students during her junior and senior year. Additionally, she had the opportunity to present her senior project “Influence of Shape of Fruit on Preschool Children’s Consumption and Perception,” at the RIT Spring Research Spotlight and the upcoming NYSAND Conference in Buffalo, NY.
Samantha has volunteered for Foodlink, Meals on Wheels, Lollypop Farm, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, Ronald McDonald House, Cameron Community Ministries, St. Peters Kitchen and the American Cancer Society. She seld Executive Council and Director positions as a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, a national women’s fraternity. Additionally, she has held an Anatomy and Physiology Teaching Assistant position, worked at Eddie O’ Brien’s Bar and Grille as a server, for RIT Sports Medicine as a Student Trainer, and for RIT Dining Services as a CBORD Food Service Suite Assistant, completed community and clinical internship positions with Red Jacket Orchards, the JCC of Rochester, Unity Hospital, and Iroquois Nursing Home.
Samantha’s clinical experiences have inspired her to pursue a dietetic career utilizing nutrition support to manage disease and empower individuals towards behavior change. During her internship, she hopes to gain knowledge and experiences among pediatric and oncologic nutrition support.
In the future, Samantha’s goal is to attend a Master of Public Health program to merge her interest in nutrition with public health initiatives.
We wish Samantha the best of luck as she begins her Dietetic Internship at the University of Maryland!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT, Michael Cummings!
2017 Scholarship Winner
The Genesee Dietetic Association’s Nancy DeMuth Ruhle Scolarship recipient for 2017 is Michael Cummings. Michael graduated with his BS in nutrition management from RIT in May 2017. He previously attended MCC for his Associate’s Degree. He will be completing his dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic this fall. While a student at RIT, Michael served on the Student Dietetic Association as the activity chair and as a peer mentor. As extracurricular activities, he was involved in nutrition education to RIT students this past spring, volunteer work at Meals on Wheels, Foodlink Rochester, and represented the Nutrition Management program as an open house ambassador for new and prospective students. Michael worked at City Grill as a server and at Strong Hospital as a Diet Technician during his senior year. While working the nutrition department at Strong Michael realized his passion for clinical work, specifically in endocrinology and diabetes. He would also someday like to work with athletes at the collegiate level.
We wish Michael the best of luch as he begins his Dietetic Internship at The Cleveland Clinic!
2016 Scholarship Winner
The Genesee Dietetic Association’s Nancy DeMuth Ruhle Scolarship recipient for 2016 is Karlee Bushnell. Karlee graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Management from RIT in May 2016. She is planning to complete her dietetic internship at Simmons College in Boston, MA this fall. Though we received several exceptional scholarship applications this year, Karlee’s GPA, academic achievements, letters of recommendation, and volunteer work set her apart from her fellow applicants. She attended both Monroe Community College and RIT to pursue her dietetics degree. While a student at RIT, Karlee had the opportunity to serve as Co-President of the Student Dietetic Association, as well as a peer mentor for undergraduate students in the program. She was the first Nutrition Management student elected to represent and speak at the College of Health Sciences and Technology graduation at RIT. When not busy with academic work, Karlee volunteered for Foodlink and The Healing Connection. It is at the Healing Connection that Karlee discovered a strong interest in helping those affected by eating disorders. Karlee states that all aspects of nutrition interest her, and “I can’t wait to find my niche!”.
We wish Karlee the best of luch as she begins her Dietetic Internship!
PREVIOUS YEAR’S WINNERS
- 2016 Karlee Bushnell
- 2015 Kelsey Buecheler
- 2014 Reneé Ortolani
- 2013 Molly Mallette
- 2012 Kirby Jo Moore
- 2011 Amanda Picaretto
- 2010 Janel Kelly
- 2009 Jenna DiVincenzo
- 2008 Melissa Pratt
- 2007 Meghan Hyatt
- 2006 Jennifer Whigham and Kristie Antonitto
- 2005 Michele Groden and Shannon Keck
- 2004 Amy Alquist and Amanda Urban
- 2003 Amanda Urban and Joy Valvano
- 2002 Amy Lougan and Andrea Vasilovski
- 2001 none
- 2000 Deborah Kelly
- 1999 Christine Wanamaker