CNM Nutrition Student Receives $50,000 Scholarship from USDA

Aug. 8, 2013 -- Suzanne Porter-Bolton, a Central New Mexico Community College nutrition major, has been awarded a $50,000 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) scholarship funded by a Healthy Meals Fit for Life grant. It is one of the largest scholarships a CNM student has ever received.

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Porter-Bolton will be recognized during the Sept. 10 CNM Governing Board meeting.

“I am so excited to receive this scholarship,” Porter-Bolton said. “It will help make my dream come true of earning a BS (Bachelor of Science) and MS (Master of Science) in nutrition and becoming a registered dietitian. My long-term goal is to work with pregnant women, people with diabetes and children.”

The Albuquerque-native added that she wants to help economically disadvantaged people and teach them that there are better options than the “value menu.” She also would SuzanneWeb.JPGlike to teach classes on nutrition, cooking and exercise in elementary schools and through continuing education programs – all in the effort to stem the obesity epidemic.

Porter-Bolton is graduating with her associate degree in Nutrition this summer and plans to attend the University of New Mexico studying nutrition and dietetics in the fall.

The Healthy Meals Fit for Life competitive grant is intended to promote and strengthen the ability of Hispanic Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. The purpose of the USDA scholarship is to enhance a CNM student’s attainment of undergraduate and graduate degrees by attending a New Mexico university offering an approved and related transfer degree program.

“It’s an honor for CNM to have received this USDA grant. As one of the first graduates of CNM’s new Nutrition degree, we look forward to seeing the impact that Suzanne will make on the community after she completes her education at UNM,” said Donna Diller, dean of the School of Business & Information Technology.