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SLU Nutrition and Dietetics Department Awards Scholarships to Multiple Students

The Saint Louis University (SLU) Nutrition and Dietetics department recently awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to four of its current students. Scholarships were awarded to three undergraduate students – Olga Goumas was awarded the Culinary Scholarship while Grace Keane and Josephine Wiles were awarded the Healthy Futures Scholarship. In addition, graduate student Margaret Conte was awarded the Sr. Mary Carola Sellemeyer Scholarship. 

SLU ND Scholarship Recipients 2022
SLU Nutrition & Dietetics Scholarship Recipients (left to right): Margaret Conte, Olga Goumas, Grace Keane and Josephine Wiles

The Culinary Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate Nutrition and Dietetics student with a culinary concentration and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Goumas was honored to receive the scholarship and explained what inspired her study the culinary concentration.

“I started my undergraduate experience not on the culinary track. I soon switched over after I spoke to an older culinary student who told me about the unique, hands-on courses students were able to take: pastry, world cuisines, advanced meat analysis, beverage courses and more,” Goumas said. “Pursuing the culinary track was one of the best decisions of my undergraduate experience. It truly made me appreciate and understand the art of food and its nutritional qualities.”

The Healthy Futures Scholarship is for undergraduate students in the Nutrition and Dietetics department who demonstrate a commitment to diversity through their academic achievement, leadership experiences and volunteer experiences. Keane discussed what it meant to be awarded this scholarship.

“When I learned that I had been chosen as a recipient of this scholarship, I felt extremely honored,” Keane said. “Everyone in the Nutrition and Dietetics department here at SLU has always gone above and beyond in every aspect of supporting my education and being offered this scholarship is another example of that.”

The Sr. Mary Carola Sellmeyer Scholarship is for students in the internship/graduate level of the Nutrition and Dietetics department with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Conte discussed the privilege of being named the recipient.

“I was honored to be named a recipient of the award,” Conte said. I study nutrition because it joins my excitement for how things are made with my passion of caring for others. Food is biological, psychosocial, economic and political. I have many varied interests and nutrition touches them all.”

SLU Nutrition and Dietetics Interim Department Chair Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D., ATC, FASAHP, FNAP, was very proud of all the students’ accomplishments and appreciative of the opportunity the department has to award these scholarships.

“We are so grateful for the support we receive that makes these scholarships possible for such deserving students,” Dr. Breitbach said. “I know that these, and all of our, students will go on to make an important impact in the health and lives of others.”

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.