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.



Brooke busa

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!



  • 2018 Samantha Teneyck
  • 2017 Michael Cummings
  • 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