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Penn Nursing Nutrition Gets a Boost with New Scholarship

The legacy of nutrition pioneer and Penn Nursing alumna JoAnn Nallinger Grant, HUP’62, Nu’72 continues with a new scholarship established in her honor by JoAnn’s husband, Igor Grant, MD, RES’71.

The JoAnn Nallinger Grant Award recognizes academic excellence and exemplary education, service, or research activities for Nutrition minors and double majors at Penn Nursing. The first recipient of the award, Charis Anderson, Nu’18, was chosen in 2018.

Charis notes,

“It is wonderful that there is an award which honors students who choose to major both in nursing and nutrition at Penn. This dual major program brilliantly integrates two complementary and important fields, and there is no doubt that the nursing profession will benefit from this advancement as students continue to graduate with both majors. Receiving the JoAnn Nallinger Grant Award emphasized for me that the future integration of nursing and nutrition is bright with possibilities—possibilities that I get to discover and pursue—and it was such an honor to share in this celebration of that future.”

JoAnn Nallinger Grant is an innovator in the field of nutrition. In 1968 she was part of the first interprofessional hyperalimentation support team inaugurated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; she was pivotal in the development of protocol for improving the infection rate of total parenteral nutrition. Additionally, JoAnn wrote Nutrition Support in Nursing in 1988, a textbook still viewed as the “blue book” by nutrition support nurses even today.