Awards and Scholarships

Are you a program faculty or preceptor that would like to nominate a dietetic student for their emerging leadership and achievement? Students must be enrolled in an ACEND-accredited dietetics education program and must be Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics members by January 1 to qualify.  ALL APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 4th.

Recognized Young Dietitian Application

Know young RD who needs to be recognized? CAND would like to share the RYDY award to a young RD who shows commitment and leadership in our field.  We are accepting nominations for RDs, 35 years of age or younger, who have shown excellence in legislation, research, education or management both with the association or in their employment.

Emerging Dietetic Leader Application

This award recognizes new dietitians at the beginning of their dietetics careers, regardless of their age, who have made distinctive contributions to our field, especially in the areas of legislation, research, education and management.

Recognized Dietetic Technician Application

Do you know a Dietetic Technician, Registered who goes above and beyond? Nominations are being accepted for DTRs with active membership with the AND and active participation in national, affiliate or district associations.

Outstanding Dietitian Application

Please nominate outstanding dietitians to be recognized by both CAND and the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Outstanding Dietetic Student Application

This award recognizes students enrolled in Nutrition program at any course level.

Applications and Nominations

Each year the Colorado Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics receives nominations for awards and scholarships in the listed categories. Once the winners are chosen, recipients are notified in early April. If you know someone who you believe deserves one of these awards, please send applications to

2022 Award and Scholarship Winners

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year
Diane Mettler, RD

Emerging Dietetic Leader of the Year
Leisa Arft RDN, LD, UZIT

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year – Central Colorado
Alyssa Thomas, MPH, RDN, CLC

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year – Northern Colorado
Kristen Arnold MS, RDN, CSSD

Outstanding Dietetics Student – Master’s Program
Nicolette Thompson

Outstanding Dietetics Student – Dietetic Internship
Alexis Guttilla MPH

2021 Award and Scholarship Winners

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year
Kathy Heyl MS, RDN

Young Dietitian of the Year
Corinna Ruf MS, RDN

Emerging Dietetic Leader
James Fazzio, RDN

Outstanding Dietetic Student
Leah Kerrigan

Outstanding Dietetic Student (DPD)
Kara B. McIver

CAND Annual Conference Scholarship
Laura Larson MS, RDN