Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) in Culinary Medicine

msp_picNow accepting applications for 2021-2023 Scholars

Program Description

The University of Arizona Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) in Culinary Medicine addresses the need for skilled, diverse graduates working at the intersection of nutrition, food and human health. Aligned with the national Food Is Medicine initiative, our goal is to recruit, engage, retain, and mentor Scholars to become skillful leaders in culinary medicine, an emerging practical discipline characterized by the integration of the science of nutrition and the art of food and cooking. Additionally, students engage with tools to address access to and consumption of high quality culturally relevant meals with consideration of fixed budgets of both time and money as a means to help prevent and treat diseases and improve quality of life.

Program Requirements

During the two-year program, Scholars will: (a) complete nine academic course units in culinary medicine (3 courses); (b) participate in one, 8-hour entrepreneurial leadership workshop; (c) attend 6 academic advising sessions; (d) develop a structured research project; and, (e) complete 135 hours of experiential learning in partnership with collaborating programs.

Program Benefits

  • Obtain financial support ($6,500 stipend per year for 2 years)

  • Network with peers, professors, and community members

  • Work in partnership with community organizations

  • Develop strong communication skills

  • Travel to attend professional development events/activities

  • Prepare for graduate or professional school

  • Earn elective course credit

  • Gain training and mentorship in entrepreneurial leadership

  • Receive mentoring and advising guidance throughout the program

Preparing Your MSP Application

  • Name
  • NetID
  • Please confirm that you meet all eligibility criteria and are able to complete all program requirements

Eligibility criteria

  • Majoring in Nutritional Sciences or Nutrition & Food Systems
  • Rising junior in Fall 2021
  • Identify as: Black, African-American, Latina/o/x, Hispanic, Native American, American Indian, Indigenous, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or multi-racial of the aforementioned.  (If you have questions about this eligibility criterion, please contact
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Able to complete all program requirements

Program requirements

  1. Completion of nine academic course units in culinary medicine
  2. Participate in one 8-hour entrepreneurial leadership workshop
  3. Complete 6 academic advising sessions
  4. Complete one structured research project
  5. Complete 135 hours experiential learning completed in partnership with collaborating programs

For questions regarding how this program and required coursework can apply towards your degree requirements, you are encouraged to discuss with your academic advisor. - please make an appointment via or walk-in to Shantz 238 each Monday between 12pm and 3pm. 

Please answer the following 3 questions

Q1 Please share a little bit about yourself and why you are interested in nutritional sciences and this training program. (300-500 words)

Q2 What do you hope to gain from your participation in the Multicultural Scholars Program in Culinary Medicine (100-250 words)

Q3 Which academic experience have you found most rewarding and interesting up to this point in your career and why? (100-250 words)

Now accepting applications for 2021-2023 Scholars




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