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Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship Winners

 

The Lewis Family Morning Star Scholarship

 The Lewis Family Morning Star Scholarship is funded by Diane and Robert Lewis. Undergraduate students with a major in Dietetics or graduate students with a major in Nutrition or the Dietetic Internship are eligible to apply. Our 2021 scholarships ranged from $937 to $1,000. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, with preference going to students with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Applicants must be involved in community activities relating to nutrition, as well as demonstrate outstanding accomplishments and character. The ISU Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is thrilled to have four students receive this honor for 2021. 

Bethany Hickey

Bethany Hickey portrait

Beth is an international student from Australia entering her senior year in the BS, Dietetics Program. She is a member of the Idaho State cross country and track teams, competing in distance events. Additionally, Beth works as a career path intern with ISU's sports dietitian where she is able to combine her passion for athletics and nutrition, working with athletes to reach optimal health performance. After completing her BS, she plans to apply to an MS, Dietetic Internship to become a registered dietitian-nutritionist. Beth is passionate about sports nutrition as well as sustainable food systems nutrition and hopes to ultimately build a career in these fields. Outside of her studies Beth's interests include running, cycling, hiking, gardening, and reading. She loves to travel and has a very large bucket list to explore. She also enjoys learning about nutrition outside of the classroom, applying, and experimenting with what she learns in the kitchen and in her running. Beth is excited to continue working towards becoming an RDN with the support of ISU and the Lewis Family Morning Star Scholarship. 

Kirsten Pfannmuller

Kirsten Pfannmuller

A native of the Boise area, Kirsten completed her undergrad in Montana and has returned to Idaho to complete the MS, Dietetic Internship at the ISU Meridian Campus. She became interested in nutrition through running, as sports were a great outlet for her energy as a child. Struggling through some injuries, Kirsten wanted to learn how to fuel her body for exercise. With her studies in nutrition, she developed a love for cooking, sustainability, and intuitive eating. Her ultimate goal is to start a private practice for nutritional counseling focused on her interest in pediatrics, women's health, and community nutrition. Kirsten's capstone project focuses on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed infant feeding practices in Idaho. When not busy with her studies, she likes to spend time outside and bond with friends, family, and her dog Ida. Additionally, Kirsten plays the violin and is learning to play the guitar. Kirsten is excited to become a registered dietitian by the end of the year!

Rebekah Ramsey

Married to her best friend Marcus and raising 3 children ages 10, 7, and 5, Rebekah is currently pursuing her MS in Nutrition. After earning her Bachelor's in Dietetics from ISU, she completed the dietetic internship. Rebekah has worked as a Registered Dietitian in southern Idaho for 15 years as a clinical dietician in several hospitals and long-term care facilities, as well as teaching many allied health courses offered by the CSI Mini-Cassia Center. The courses she teaches include Fundamentals of Nutrition, Introduction to Allied Health, and Medical Terminology. Raising her family is Rebekah's main hobby, and as a family, their hobbies are centered around lots of outdoor activities including canoeing, camping, fishing, Dutch oven cooking, and hiking. Additionally, she enjoys quilting, music (she plays piano, cello, and violin), vegetable gardening, swimming, and nutrition. Rebekah currently resides in Burley, Idaho. She feels honored to receive the Lewis Family Morning Star Scholarship and would like to thank them for their generosity. 

Shalissa Tomkinson

Shalissa Tomkinson

Shalissa has returned to school nearly 20 years after earning her Associate degree in another field. She is the mother of 5 girls and soon to be a grandmother to another girl! Residing in the small town of Rockland, Idaho, Shalissa enjoys coaching high school volleyball, running, baking, family, and school. She is passionate about good health and trying to improve lifestyles while making it fun and sustainable. Shalissa was honored with the Lewis Family Morning Star Scholarship and the Jeanette Rowe Memorial Scholarship through the Beta Rho Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society. Her goal is to use her passion to help change the lives of others for the better. 


 

 Jeannette Rowe Memorial Scholarship

 

The Jeanette Rowe Memorial Scholarship is awarded through the  Beta Rho Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U) National Honor Society. Phi U recognizes students in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences that are in the top 35% of their class, exhibit potential for professional and community leadership, demonstrate a spirit of service, and exemplify character through personal integrity and professional attitude. The Jeanette Rowe Memorial Scholarship awarded 4 scholarships to Phi U members at ISU, with awards ranging from $400 to $674. 

Robin Moreno

Robin is from the small Idaho town of Wendell. Currently in her senior year in the BS, Dietetic program, she plans on applying for the MS, Dietetic Internship and become a registered dietitian. In her free time, Robin enjoys exercising, cooking, and reading. Her desire to help others led to her interest in nutrition and dietetics. Robin aspires to use her skills to help improve health and promote the longevity of those in need. 

Lizzy Rowden

Lizzy Rowden on a mountain top

Lizzy grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology at BYU-Idaho. She always had the goal to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, so she began her journey at Idaho State University. Lizzy wants to become a dietitian because she wants to help educate those about an activity that is necessary for living and to help improve lives with simple and effective changes, such as changing one's diet. Lizzy loves to cook and bake, spend time with her family, and once she is done with school, hopefully develop a few more hobbies. She will graduate from the MS in Nutrition Dietic Internship in December 2022.
 

Elisabeth Stephens

Elisabeth Stephens

Elisabeth is from Mountain Home, Idaho, and will be starting in the MS, Dietetic Internship in the Fall 2021 semester. She is the current chapter president of Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society. Her goals include advocating for sustainable practices and reducing food insecurity determinants in a professional setting and in the community. 

Shalissa Tomkinson

Shalissa Tomkinson

Shalissa has returned to school nearly 20 years after earning her Associate degree in another field. She is the mother of 5 girls and soon to be a grandmother to another girl! Residing in the small town of Rockland, Idaho, Shalissa enjoys coaching high school volleyball, running, baking, family, and school. She is passionate about good health and trying to improve lifestyles while making it fun and sustainable. Shalissa was honored with the Lewis Family Morning Star Scholarship and the Jeanette Rowe Memorial Scholarship through the Beta Rho Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society. Her goal is to use her passion to help change the lives of others for the better.