Meet McKenna Welshans, CPAND's 2017 Scholarship Recipient!
I am a senior double major in Nutrition & Dietetics and Exercise Science at Messiah College
and am enrolled in Messiah’s Dietetic Internship for the 2017-2018 school year. I plan to put the scholarship money toward paying for that program. I have been a CPAND member for 2 months.
When I was 11, both my mom and my grandfather were diagnosed with cancer within 8 months of each other. During this time, my parents and grandparents did a lot of research on various diets—looking for ways to cure cancer through nutrition. This experience whetted my interest in the way food interacts with our bodies on both a biological and psychological level, and my passion for understanding the human body through the lens of nutrition and exercise only grew from there.
Ultimately, I’d love to run a multi-faceted business centered around inspiring others to pursue health and wellness in their lives through the avenues of nutrition and exercise. I currently own a small horse business where I teach students how to ride and care for horses, so if I can incorporate all of these passions into one, that would be my ideal goal.
Thank you, CPAND, for such a great opportunity. This scholarship is a big help for me as I work to fund the internship. I look forward to serving this community in the future as a Registered Dietitian.