Greater Spokane Dietetic Association



Congratulations to our 2024 GSDA Scholarship Winner, Norma Castro! 

My name is Norma Castro, and I am a Masters in Dietetics, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology student at Washington State University, as well as a Student Member of the Greater Spokane Dietetics Association. After obtaining my RD, I plan on moving back to my hometown of Wenatchee. I plan to work as an RD to expand my knowledge and get my hours to sit for the diabetes educator exam. While in my undergraduate/graduate program, I learned that Hispanic people are more likely to develop diabetes. I grew up in Wenatchee where a big part of the population is Hispanic. Having access to diabetes educators, especially educators who are bilingual and bicultural would be beneficial to the community. I am confident that the WSU MS-CPD will prepare me to reach my goal of specializing in diabetes education and giving back to my community. My goal is to work in Wenatchee at Confluence Health to serve my community by helping individuals improve their quality of life by educating and supporting them on diabetes. Something else I would love to do is visit different surrounding rural areas, so I can offer free educational diabetes prevention classes in Spanish and English.

 Congratulations to Norma and we wish her the best of luck on her future career in the dietetic field! 

GSDA Scholarship Opportunity

The Greater Spokane Dietetics Association is pleased to announce the opportunity for a $500 scholarship for eligible Washington State University and Central Washington University students. The funds available are to assist a student who is pursuing a career in dietetics.

 Scholarship criteria include:

1.) Student must be currently enrolled in an ACEND accredited dietetics program (DPD, DI, or CP)
2.) Student must be in their senior year by fall 2024
3.) Current GSDA member

*Preference will be given to students active in GSDA  

Application Materials

1) Student's resume.
2) In 500 words or less (cumulatively), applicants will answer both of the following questions:
• What is it that made you want to become a Registered Dietitian and what do you hope to contribute to the profession?
• If you could be any specific macronutrient or micronutrient, what would you be and why? 

Application information
Email questions and complete application to:
Greater Spokane Dietetics Association (GSDA)
Please send applications as noted below
PDF format § Subject Line: 2024 GSDA Scholarship (insert last name) § Attach student resume (PDF) with address, phone, email § Program coordinator’s name, phone, email; Photo to be used on GSDA website & social meida to announce winner 

Deadline for application receipt is December 15th, 2024

For further questions, please contact:

Julie Larsen ( or Simone Pappalardo (

Scholarship recipient will be notified by December 31st, 2024

WSAND President

Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Melissa Molloy, MS, RDN, CD (2023-24 Washington State President)