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1. What is the CANFIT scholarship program?

The CANFIT Scholarship program provides funds to students of African-American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, or Latino/Hispanic descent to help achieve their college education undergraduate or graduate degrees in nutrition, physical activity, or culinary arts. Since 1994, CANFIT funds 2-5 scholarships each year. For eligibility criteria, click here.

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2. Why does CANFIT support students from low income communities and communities of color?

Traditionally, communities of color are underrepresented in the nutrition and physical education field. By providing scholarships for communities of color, CANFIT hopes to encourage more students to pursue careers representing nutrition and fitness.

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3. What forms are needed to apply for the CANFIT scholarship?

The most recent forms will be found on the Scholarship Page for the corresponding year. Here’s a sample of the forms you will need to fill out along with a scholarship checklist:

Form 1: Application Instructions
Form 2: Application Cover Sheet
Form 3: Financial Statement
Form 4: Recommendation Form

Scholarship Checklist (*Send original + 3 copies)

-Application Cover Sheet*
-Personal Letter*
-Community Change Essay (500-1000 words)*
-Financial Status Form *
-TWO recommendation forms*
-A picture (for the website)
-Official School Transcript (only one copy)

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4. When is the CANFIT scholarship due date?

Unless noted otherwise, all applications are due and must be postmarked by March 31st. Recipients will be notified in June when the next round of scholarships are available.

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5. Can I send my transcripts or recommendations separate from my scholarship forms?

Yes. If your school or references prefer sending your official transcript or recommendation forms directly to CANFIT, please label the envelopes with your information to ensure easy processing. You may call CANFIT at 510- 644-1533 or email at to confirm delivery of your complete application.

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6. Who should I consider to fill out my recommendation forms?

CANFIT recommends that you choose the leaders and mentors in your life that understand your involvement in community, nutrition, physical activity, or academic work. This may include, but not limited to, an influential professor, academic advisor, counselor, coach, boss, supervisor, director, community organizer, or community leader.

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7. Where do I send my completed scholarship application?

After completing the forms, mail, email, or fax the application to the following address:

Attn: Scholarship Application
2140 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 1110
Berkeley, CA 94704
Fax: 510.644.1535

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8. Where does CANFIT send my scholarship check?

CANFIT requests the address of your school’s financial aid office in your application. All scholarship checks are mailed directly to the school listed in your documents to be used for tuition and college fees.

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9. When will the scholarship winners be announced?

Scholarship winners will be announced in June and the award will be delivered to the recipient’s university in the fall. Scholarship winners will also be announced on the CANFIT website and online newsletter. View our Current Scholarship Recipients!

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10. How do I contact CANFIT if I have a question about the scholarship process?

CANFIT values its relationship with scholarship applicants and invites you to directly contact us with any questions.

Phone: 510-644-1535
Phone Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

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11. How can I support the CANFIT scholarship program?

You can DONATE to CANFIT on our website or by mail to support the scholarship program that grants awards to students from low income communities and communities of color. CANFIT scholarships are made possible by our generous funders. Become a CANFIT compadre/comadre with a $20.00 or more donation to our Scholarship Fund.

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