Consumer Science Scholarships
Dream of Becoming the Next Ralph Nader?
Then perhaps your passion for consumer science has you tracked for a college program in Family and Consumer Science. Programs such as these are designed to educate the next generation of professional consumer advocates, nutritionists, activists, food science experts, family counselors, and a host of other closely related professions. There are opportunities to earn Bachelors, Masters and even Ph.D. degrees in these fields.
Montana State University relies upon a cadre of privately endowed scholarships to help students foot the bill for their program. Among these funds are over a half-dozen solely devoted to the Family and Consumer Science major. MSU’s program is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and is designed by the College of Health and Human Development to offer a comprehensive preparation for the field. Students must major in Health and Human Development, but concentrate in Consumer Science with still the choice for an even more granular focus, such as nutrition or family science:
- Ramona Marotz-Baden Scholarship is reserved for graduate students in the program.
- Vivian Baker Scholarship.
- Bertha Cochrane Clow Scholarship goes to those Family and Consumer Science majors who are emphasizing nutrition.
The University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension is strong in agriculture programs in keeping with the traditional social and economic fabric of the region. The Family and Consumer Science major, a natural component of this target audience, may apply for the Brown County Family and Community Education Agriculture or Family Consumer Science Scholarship. Applicants are asked to provide a well-written essay on their career goals and need for the funding. The scholarship is awarded based on merit and motivation in the field.
Faculty in Family and Consumer Science at Penn State University may qualify for scholarship funds to assist them in their quest to remain up to date with their education and training. The Family and Consumer Science Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Helen E. Bell is offered to outstanding faculty members who have teaching duties that lead them into the public sector. Awards are $1,000.
The John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Science at the University of Arizona provides a list of scholarships exclusively funded for the use of students in the program. UA purports to have one of the most extensive family and consumer science programs in the country with undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degree programs all heavily supported. Among the awards are:
- Ruth Cowden Undergraduate Scholarships in Family and Consumer Science are given to top-notch majors upon recommendation from faculty. Award amounts vary.
- The John and Clara Bruhn Scholarship is given to outstanding undergraduates who are natives of Arizona and majoring in Retailing and Consumer Sciences. Awards average $1,000.
- Upper level students in the Retailing and Consumer Sciences major may qualify for the Joseph and Lillian Cacioppo-Young Scholarship. Eligible applicants must demonstrate academic excellence. Awards are $1,000.
- Kimberly J. McManus-Lopez Scholarship in Retailing is designed for the student who can prove financial need for the funds, in combination with solid academic scores. Awards are $1,000.
- J.C. Penney Company, Inc. Scholarships are not available everywhere which makes this an attractive award. Applicants must be undergraduates in the Retailing and Consumer Sciences major. Amount of award is $1,500.
- Wal-Mart Scholarships are based on similar criteria. Awards are up to $1,000.
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University provides a couple of scholarships for students in the major:
- Robbie and Charles Zunker Scholarships go to undergraduates with a combination of economic need and scholastic excellence.
- Azalete and Byron Little Scholarships also go to financially needy students with high academic scores.