Elizabeth Van Dyne — Class of 2019



As a product of her own experience with health and physical fitness, Elizabeth Van Dyne decided on her major in human nutrition and dietetics and minor in exercise science as a way to help people achieve their fitness goals just as she did. “I want to be able to do for others what I did for myself, to help them find their passion and do it in the way that fits them,” said Van Dyne. When thinking of places to attend college, Van Dyne was inspired to stay close to home to be able to live with her husband and three kids, and the University of Maine fit the bill. She is now a fifth-year at UMaine, and also is an instructor at a local gym in Bangor.

“UMaine is a big college, but also a small one too. It gives you the variety of people and classes to your heart’s content. The professors are great and other workers are very friendly. With that said, getting the William W. Treat Nontraditional Student Scholarship has helped me with making sure that I was able to pay for my classes and books, and for other things that have helped me take care of my family too. Getting scholarships can help the needy by giving  people like me (non-traditional students) opportunities that others may take for granted.

Coming to UMaine was the best decision I have made and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.”