Family & Consumer Sciences

Organizations/Scholarships

Dietetics Club
FCS Student Association
Kappa Omicron Nu
Scholarships

Harding University Student Dietetic Club

The Dietetics Club is devoted to communicating relevant information on academic and professional issues and to creating a spirit of camaraderie among the dietetics students.  Trips to local and state professional meetings, guest speakers in the area of dietetics and nutrition, and service projects aimed to have a positive impact on the campus and community are key activities of this group.  The Dietetics Club is open to all dietetics majors.

Advisor:  Dr. Lisa Ritchie, RD, LD

Family & Consumer Sciences Student Association

The Harding University Family and Consumer Sciences Student Association brings together students in each of the FCS specialty areas to develop leadership, support, relationships and knowledge.  The Harding FCS Association prepares new professionals by providing opportunities to serve individuals, families, communities and one another in association sponsored programs and service projects. In addition, students will gain leadership experience as officers in the Harding FCS Association and in the Arkansas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. In the fall the students attend a leadership conference that is planned by the current student president of the ArFCS Association. In the spring the students are encouraged to attend the two day conference of the ArFCS Association. Students have the opportunity to network and associate with other FCS majors and professionals in the state of Arkansas.

Advisor:  Mrs. Rebecca Teague, CFCS

Assistant Advisor:  Mrs. Rebecca Moore, CFCS

Kappa Omicron Nu

Kappa Omicron Nu is a national honor society for Family and Consumer Sciences.  Its mission is to empower leaders through scholarship, research, and leadership.  This mission enables the organization and chapters to prepare scholars and researchers in the 21st century.  Kappa Omicron Nu provides:

  • Recognition and honor for distinguished academic achievements and potential as a professional
  • Opportunities for networking
  • Personal development and growth
  • Professional growth through education and service

The Nu Delta Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Harding University, holds monthly scholarly meetings, conducts a service project each semester, and inducts new members during the spring semester.

Advisor:  Dr. Beth Wilson, CFCS, CFLE

Assistant Advisor:  Dr. Denise Fisher, CFCS, CFLE

Membership Criteria:

   I.    Undergraduate students must:

  • Have declared a major in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Have completed 45 semester hours or equivalent
  • Have earned a minimum of 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Rank in the top 25 percent of their class
  • Be recommended by the FCS faculty

 II.     Professionals not previously initiated into the honor society and those with degrees outside the profession who are making distinctive contributions are eligible, based upon minimum undergraduate or graduate student criteria.

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Scholarships

Mildred L. Bell Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship
Faculty, friends, and family members established this scholarship as a tribute to Dr. Mildred L. Bell, Chairman of the Harding University Home Economics Department from 1959-1984.

To be eligible for the award the applicant must:

  • be a junior or senior majoring in family and consumer sciences.
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • be a member and active participant of AAFCS.
  • show evidence of high moral and ethical standards.
  • show evidence of leadership.

Selection is made by the current faculty members of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Harding University. The scholarship is awarded for a one year period. Recipients are eligible to re-apply for the scholarship on an annual basis.

The scholarship funds will be applied toward the university tuition fees for the year in which the scholarship is awarded.

Each applicant must submit three letters of recommendation. Each letter of recommendation should include information concerning moral and ethical standards, personality, appearance, and academic ability of the applicant. Persons from whom recommendations would be helpful include teachers, administrators, counselors, ministers, or elders. Ask each person to send the letter of recommendation directly to:

Dr. Beth Wilson, Professor and Chairman
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Harding University
Box 12233, 915 Market Ave.
Searcy, AR 72149-2233

Deadline for receiving all application materials will be set by the department each year.

Reba F. Sloan Dietetics Scholarship
An annual scholarship of $500 is available to students majoring in dietetics at Harding University.

To be eligible for the scholarship the applicant must:

  • have completed at least one semester at Harding prior to applying.
  • be actively pursuing acceptance into an ADA Approved Dietetic Internship.
  • be a junior or senior majoring in dietetics.
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.50.
  • show evidence of high moral and ethical standards.

Selection is made by the current faculty members of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Harding University. The scholarship funds may be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, and supplies.

Application forms must be completed and returned to:

Dr. Beth Wilson, Professor and Chairman
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Harding University
Box 12233, 915 Market Ave.
Searcy, AR 72149-2233

Deadline for receiving all application materials will be set by the department each year.

Dale and Joan Coleman Endowed Scholarship Fund for Family and Consumer Sciences

Dale and Joan Coleman established this fund to provide scholarships for students majoring in family and consumer sciences at Harding University.

To be eligible for the award the applicant must:

  • Be a full-time student.
  • Be pursuing a degree in an area of family and consumer sciences.
  • Maintain a satisfactory GPA.
  • Be a member and active participant of the Student Member Section of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).
  • Show evidence of high moral and ethical standards.
  • Show evidence of leadership.
  • Have a good reputation among faculty and staff at Harding University.

Selection is made by the current full-time faculty members of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Harding University.  The scholarship is awarded for a one year period.  Recipients are eligible to re-apply for the scholarship on an annual basis.  Preference is to be given to need-based students and first generation college students.

 The scholarship funds will be applied toward university tuition fees, textbooks, and supplies for the year in which the scholarship is awarded.

Each applicant must submit three letters of recommendation.  Each letter of recommendation should include information concerning moral and ethical standards, leadership potential, need for the scholarship to complete degree at Harding, and academic ability of the applicant. 

Applications must be submitted by March 5, 2010 to:

          Dr. Beth Wilson, Professor and Chair

          Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

          Harding University

          Box 12233, 915 Market Avenue

          Searcy, AR  72149-2233


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