AFDO Scholarship Awards

In 1981, AFDO established a scholarship fund with the excess funds from the 75th Anniversary of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act celebration. The “George M. Burditt Scholarship” and the “Betsy B. Woodward Scholarship”, both in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded annually to a worthy recipient who is in their third year of college. 

A third scholarship, the “Denise C. Rooney Scholarship,”  worth $2,500 was created in June 2008 and will also be awarded annually to a worthy recipient who is in their third year of college. 

The following qualifications and conditions have been established for the award recipients:

The recipients should have demonstrated a desire to serve in a career of research, regulatory work, quality control, or teaching in an area related to some aspect of foods, drugs or consumer product safety; should have demonstrated leadership capabilities; be in their third year of undergraduate college; and must have attained at least a 3.0 grade point average during the first two years of undergraduate study.

How to apply

To apply, in addition to completing an application, an official and complete college transcript must be submitted along with letters of recommendation from two faculty members. Applications must be submitted by March 1st to be considered for the current year’s award.  Awards are presented at the AFDO Annual Educational Conference in June.

Use the application below to apply now:

Scholarship Award Application

  • ASSOCIATION OF FOOD AND DRUG OFFICIALS Application for the George M. Burditt/Betsy B. Woodward/Denise C. Rooney $2,500 Scholarships

    Only juniors preparing to enter their senior year are eligible to apply. This application, along with an official and complete college transcript, plus the two required letters of recommendation must be postmarked by March 1st of the current year to be considered.
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  • Max. file size: 40 MB.
  • I certify that all the information provided in this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.




  • Along with this completed and signed application please attach the following documents if they are NOT being sent directly to AFDO by your school:

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