SHRS Scholarship Applications

On the advent of her 40th year of service to Indiana University, Professor Emerita, Karyl Rickard, PhD, RDN, FADA, FAND, and her husband, Eugene Rickard, PhD, honored Karyl’s colleagues and students who partnered in improving the lives of infants, children and youth through nutrition education, service and research by creating and permanently endowing the Dr. Karyl Rickard Pediatric Nutrition Award.
The annual award recognizes graduate students who demonstrate potential for significant contributions or leadership in the field of pediatric nutrition.

Meet the 3 criteria below

  1. Registered Dietitian
  2. SHRS N&D graduate of one of the following
    • E-learning Clinical Pediatric Nutrition Program (Leadership in Clinical Pediatric Nutrition Certificate)
    • Pediatric Nutrition fellowship based at Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University Health

3.Current student in either a Doctoral or Masters program in SHRS or in another institution’s program with emphasis in pediatric nutrition (Priority: Doctoral student)

Pediatric Dietitian (Indiana University – Riley Hospital pediatric nutrition graduate) with leadership project in the field of pediatric nutrition (e.g., Cystic Fibrosis standards of care, Bright Futures guidelines, etc.) or pediatric nutrition research

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of potential for significant contribution to the profession of nutrition and dietetics in the area of pediatrics with the following:

  • Personal statement and CV
  • Evidence of Leadership in any of the following areas:
    • Academic leadership activities
    • Clinical leadership activities
    • Public health practice leadership activities
    • Public policy and advocacy leadership activities
  • Publications and presentations
  • Research initiatives
  • Coursework in pediatric nutrition (e.g., Pediatric Nutrition Fellowship, Leadership in Pediatric Nutrition e-learning Certificate)
  • Written commitment about how funds will be used to advance leadership initiatives or doctoral studies
  • Three letters of support from individuals familiar with the applicant's professional practice
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts


    • If the awardee is a current IU Nutrition and Dietetics student, the award will be processed through student’s IU bursaraccount, reducing school expenses (tuition, fees, books), OTHERWISE the award will be paid directly to the awardee.
    • Award recipients will be required to submit a report one year after award receipt, documenting how funding was used.


  • Annual award – minimum of $2,000 award
  • Timeline:
    • Award announcement/marketing - fall/winter
    • Applications due March 6, 2017
    • Award decision by faculty and Karyl Rickard within 4 weeks following application deadline
    • Notification to award recipient and non-selected applicants
    • Public recognition in school magazine, departmental communications, press release to recipient’shometown newspaper, and public event