Massachusetts Dietitians Education Foundation (MDEF)

MDEF will be hosting our first annual DAY OF GIVING on RD Day, March 10, 2021. We would love to have 100% participation ~ imagine if each of our 2,000 members gave just $10? We could fund even more scholarships next year! 

Easily donate through Venmo (@MDEF-MA), PayPalor Check (Mailing address: Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, PO BOX 68, Medway, MA 02053).


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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, a copy of your transcript, and two letters of reference (one should be from a Registered Dietitian) to Lisa Lombardini MS, RD, LDN at by May 15 of each year.

Awards will be announced in June of each year.

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 Lisa Lombardini MS, RD, LDN at 

Meet Our 2020 Scholarship Recipients:

Elena Bergomi, RD 
Master's Program at Simmons University



Kate Killion
MPH Coordinated Program at University of Lowell

Gabrielle Redner
Coordinated Program In Dietetics at Framingham State University


MDEF Tax ID: 04-6116736
Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Due to health concerns due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 ANCE. Stay safe and we hope to see you in 2021! 

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