Friedhelm Kirchfeld Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Friedhelm Kirchfeld, NUNM’s first professional librarian, credited with bringing many rare books to the university and building the library’s collection with skill and resourcefulness during his long tenure. Friedhelm was an avid student of the history of naturopathic medicine, and this scholarship, made possible by the generosity of Eric Blake ’04, ND, MSOM, is intended to encourage students to make use of the library’s rare book room and to pursue study of the historical roots of naturopathic medicine.

This non–need based merit scholarship will be awarded to current students entering their second year or higher in the ND or Dual–Track Programs.  


All current full–time students entering their second year or higher in good academic standing may apply. Finalists will be selected based on a record of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, service to the college and community, dedication to the profession of natural medicine, and a commitment to honoring and celebrating diversity.


$1000 awarded to one student for the 2015-2016 academic  year.

Graduating students and students not already enrolled at NUNM are ineligible to apply for this scholarship. 


Limit your answers to one- two pages, or approximately 500-1000 words.

Special Essay Question

In the concise 30 page handbook from 1924, The Principles and Practice of Naturopathy, EW Cordingley, a prolific contributor to the naturopathic professional literature, provided the first “comprehensive survey of practically the entire field of our science from a distinctly naturopathic viewpoint as regards its own pathology and therapeutics.”

Two Questions to be answered:

  1. In this first comprehensive survey, 30 years into the growth of the profession beyond it’s nature cure limited roots,  he lists three divisions of naturopathic therapeutics. Notably absent from these three divisions, and not included anywhere in them, are homeopathic, botanical, or any pharmacological medicines. Indeed, he does not even mention them to exclude them. Why?
  2. Using the methods of the three divisions described in the handbook as your treatment options, outline a treatment plan including specific description of type(s) of treatment, frequency of treatment administration, and predicted duration of treatment course for at least two of the following conditions:
    • Asthma – in a 10 year old thin boy with a barrel chest
    • Gastritis due to Ulcer – in a portly/stout middle aged business man
    • Constipation – in a thin anxious 7 year old school girl
    • Cholecystitis due to hepatic torpor, with fever – in a middle aged heavy set woman
    • Lumbago with sciatica – due to poor posture and overwork in a small jointed women in her late twenties
    • Pneumonia with Fever – in a thin 70 year old woman, with heavy bones and large joints