Massachusetts Dietitians Education Foundation (MDEF)

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The Scholarship fund needs your help desperately. With just a $5 donation you can help fund three $1500 scholarships for this year. Donate today! 

About MDEF

The Massachusetts Dietitian’s Education Foundation (MDEF) is a nonprofit (501c3) organization founded by the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND). Its purpose is to serve as a fundraising and charitable foundation for nutrition in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the goal of providing financial support for the education and recognition of dietitians in the form of scholarships and awards. Every year MDEF provides scholarships to outstanding individuals seeking undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and dietetic internships in the field of nutrition.


Scholarships currently available include:

  • Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Graduate Scholarship
  • MDEF scholarship – non-specific, may be awarded to Dietetic Internship, Undergraduate, or Graduate Students.

To apply for a scholarship:
1. Download and complete application.
2. Send application electronically to by May 15 of each year.
3. Send one copy of your transcript to
4. Send two letters of reference (one letter must be from a Registered Dietitian) electronically (in Word Documents) to by May 15.

Awards will be announced in June of each year.

Update your cutlery to support MDEF!
MDEF is partnering with RADA Cutlery to raise funds for scholarships for dietitians.  Click the link below to check out their catalog of cutlery and home products at discounted prices.  Approximately 40% of your purchase cost will be directed to our scholarship fund.  Happy shopping and thank you for supporting MDEF!
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To Donate to the Scholarship Fund: 

With only a very modest endowment that does not generate sufficient funds to be self-sustaining, we rely on member donations and sponsors to keep the scholarships going. Click Donate below to make your gift to MDEF.



Volunteers Wanted:

MDEF is seeking volunteers with fundraising experience to help raise funding for scholarships.  Please consider donating your time in exchange for flexible hours, nice colleagues and the satisfaction that your efforts are going to a critical purpose.  For more information, email Nora Saul at 

Meet Our 2019 Scholarship Recipients:

Jamie Ekstrom 
Coordinated Program In Dietetics at Framingham State University

Chandler Tucker
Dietetic Intern at Brigham & Women's Hospital

Christina Ypsilantis
Master's student at Simmons College 

Past Scholarship Recipients

To view a list of past recipients click here.

MDEF Tax ID: 04-6116736
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