Excellence in Dietetics and Nutrition Scholarship
Carrie King was born in 1976 in Anchorage, the fourth generation of her family to be born in Alaska. She was raised in Sitka and graduated from Sitka High School in 1993.
After graduating from high school, King traveled to South Dakota State University. She wanted to stay in Alaska for school, but because there was no dietetics program in the state, she had to leave. She received her B.S. in 1997 went on to receive her M.S. in 2002 from Oregon State University and her P.h.D. in 2013 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
King currently works at UAA as a professor of dietetics and nutrition. She was part of the initiative to create the program, which as of fall 2018 has both an undergraduate and graduate program.
She is married to Dale King. Together they have two daughters, Eva and Beatrice. King enjoys exploring the outdoors and traveling around Alaska with her family. As her children get older, she hopes to travel more internationally.
King made this scholarship as a means to give back. “I received a lot of scholarships and I appreciated every one,” she said. As one of the developers of the dietetics program, she also felt like having a scholarship helped to complete the program. As a proud Alaskan, King wants to help to contribute to the health care workforce in the state and to give Alaskans more access to evidence-based nutrition information. Her hope is that students who receive the scholarship will be able to put more focus on their academic work instead of worrying about how to pay for school.