Scholarship Program

Each year the Eating Disorder Foundation Chair, Vince Withers and his family invites applications for two $1000.00 Renata Elizabeth Withers Memorial Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to two individuals who are studying in a post secondary institution within NL and whose course of study is related, broadly speaking, to eating disorders/disordered eating and plan to continue in the healthcare field. Scholarships are presented during Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

2020 Renata Elizabeth Withers Memorial Scholarship Winners

Lindsay-Ann Bellows is a Master of Science student in the Experimental Psychology program at Memorial University. During her undergraduate studies in psychology Lindsay-Ann realized she had the determination and ambition to complete doctoral level studies and to contribute valuable knowledge to scientist-practitioners’ current understanding of best practices for the treatment of eating disorders. She is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Jacqueline Carter-Major completing thesis research as to how self-compassion may moderate the relationship between social bullying and later body shame or eating disturbance.
Lindsay-Ann is interested in pursuing a doctoral program with a focus on the treatment of eating disorders and then applying this knowledge in clinical practice serving patients with eating disturbances.


Samantha Scurrey is in the second year of the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program at Memorial University. Her interest in better understanding eating disorders began early during her studies for her psychology undergraduate degree, where she was drawn to complete written assignments on eating disorders. She went on to complete her Master of Applied Psychological Science at Memorial in 2018. In early 2019 Samantha attended Emotion Focused Family Therapy Workshop for Professionals offered by Dr. Adele Lafrance in May. In October she also attended the Binge Eating Disorder Workshop presented by Dr. Jacqui Carter-Major that the Foundation also sponsored.
Samantha is currently doing an 8-month assessment and intervention practicum at the Renata Elizabeth Withers Centre for Hope. Her future plans include applying to pre-doctoral psychology internship programs that contain a major rotation in eating disorders. She intends to return to this province with the knowledge and skills she acquires to better serve individuals whose lives have been impacted by an eating disorder.