The CARE Scholarship for BIPOC

At ITN, we recognize the need for elevated voices and a more prominent presence of BIPOC in the health and wellness field. In recognition of this, ITN offers a BIPOC scholarship.

Why A BIPOC Scholarship?

Simply put BIPOC do not have the same opportunities as other people when it comes to health and wellness. We are choosing to do our part to fix that. Here are some statistics you might find interesting:

  1. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth than white women. 
  2. Hispanic women are 40 percent more likely to have cervical cancer and 20 percent more likely to die from cervical cancer than non-Hispanic white women.
  3. Black infant mortality is twice as high as white infant mortality. 
  4. The average life expectancy for Black Americans is 4 years shorter than that of the rest of the U.S. 
  5. 17.4 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives reported having fair or poor health compared with 8.3 percent of the non-Hispanic white population.
  6. Black men are 2 times more likely to die in the hands of police officers than white men.
  7. Over 7 million Black Americans reported having a mental health issue in the last year. 
  8. Blacks, Hispanics, and some Asian populations, when compared with whites, appear to have lower levels of health insurance coverage

Here, All Are Welcome and Celebrated

We believe a rainbow would be boring without all the colors. We also believe the world would be less interesting, impactful, and meaningful without the wide range of people in it. 

We understand that it is diversity and a wide range of thoughts and backgrounds that create powerful transformation in the world.

We respect all races, religions, creeds, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, national origins, disabilities, and backgrounds and have a zero tolerance policy for those who don’t.

The CARE Scholarship for BIPOC

We recognize the need for elevated voices and a more prominent presence of BIPOC in the health and wellness field. In recognition of this, ITN offers a BIPOC scholarship.
The Mission of the CARE Scholarship

Our mission is to CARE.

  • Create access to health information and coaching for BIPOC leaders and communities.

  • Amplify the voices of BIPOC in the health and wellness field.

  • Raise awareness of structural inequality so we can be a part of the solution.

  • Educate BIPOC communities on the power of Transformational Nutrition which includes not just physical health but mental and spiritual health as well.

We pair this with a next-level education on powerful coaching skills and business building skills to set BIPOC coaches, and their clients, up for success.

Cynthia Garcia - CEO - Institute of Transformational Nutrition
Cynthia Garcia - CEO - Institute of Transformational Nutrition
In order to better meet the needs of our BIPOC coaches, our Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach (CTNC) course includes education on
  • Cultural awareness

  • Racial inequities

  • Cognitive bias

  • Qualified immunity

  • Systemic racism

  • Racial profiling

  • The disproportionate rates in which violence, poverty, homicide, and police brutality affect the BIPOC community

  • And additional critical topics

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

To be eligible for the scholarship, all applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People Of Color)

  2. US Citizen

  3. Willingness to “pay it forward” by bringing coaching into your community and coaching 1 person per $1,000 awarded by ITN

Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Financial need

  2. Personal essay describing career goals as well as how you will use your education to pay it forward and support BIPOC community needs

  3. Two letters of recommendation – One personal and one professional. (Must be from non-relatives only)

  4. YouTube video submission

  5. Application

Applicants are first ranked based on consideration of items 1-5 above. If two (2) applicants are considered to be equal, the candidate with the greatest financial need is ranked higher.

Award Determination:

The amount of the scholarships awarded each student is determined by the ITN Scholarship Committee. Scholarships are based on evaluation criteria. Scholarship awards range from $3,000 to a full scholarship for the Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach (CTNC) course.

We have set aside over $150,000 to educate BIPOC students. We award 12 full scholarships per year, 1 per month. We also award 12 partial scholarships per year, 1 per month.