Massachusetts Dietitians Education Foundation (MDEF)

MDEF Fall Fundraiser - Pet Costume Contest!  

Calling all pet parents, pet grandparents and animal lovers! Submit a photo of your adorable furry friend all dressed up for a chance to win prizes and support MDEF's scholarship fund for future dietitians at the same time! Entry photos must be submitted via email to by October 23, 2022 and the winners will be announced on October 31, 2022. The winning photo will be posted on the MDEF website through the end of the year!

How to enter: 

  • Email a JPEG or PNG photo to
  • Please include your name and your pet's name in the email 
  • Submit your photo by October 23, 2022

A suggested donation fee of $5.00 per entry would be greatly appreciated to help grow our scholarship fund. You can also donate in memory of a beloved pet or furry friend! Click the link below to make a donation!


First Prize: $25 Amazon gift card and $25 Chewy gift card

Second Prize: $25 gift card (choose either an Amazon of Chewy gift card)

Third Prize: $15 gift card (choose either an Amazon or Chewy gift card) 

Check back after October 23rd to place your vote! 

Disclaimer: Your name and photo may be posted on our social media platforms and website. 


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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! 

Easily donate through:

  • Venmo - @mdef-mass. This account is located under "Business Accounts" in Venmo.
  • PayPal - click the donate button above
  • Check - Mailing address: Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, PO BOX 68, Medway, MA 02053 

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.


Scholarship applications are closed for 2022 - thank you to all who applied and congratulations to our 2022 winners (below)! Please check back in the spring of 2023 for next year's application information.


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 2022 MDEF Scholarship Winners!

Grace Mooshian

 Dietetic Intern at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

My Background in Culinary Arts sparked my interest in the science behind food, which led me to pursue my Bachelor's in Dietetics as well as complete a Master's in Business and Analytics. In the long term I see myself working as a dietitian within companies or schools to help transform the nutritional value of their products or what they are serving. 

Isabel McDonnell 

Master's and CPD Student at Framingham State University

As a childhood cancer survivor, my diagnosis has fueled my interest in oncology dietetics as I have spent years researching the connection between cancer and diet. Most feel powerless when it comes to cancer and other chronic illnesses and I desire to help individuals reclaim a sense of control over their health both physically and mentally, as I have done, through the power of food. 

Gabriella Rao

Didactic Program in Dietetics student as Simmons University

As a lifelong foodie and avid runner, I was drawn to nutrition and dietetics when I realized how nutrition can transform running performance and how many runners struggle with their relationship with food. I plan to one day own a dietetics practice which promotes the idea that "all foods fit," working with runners to help them improve their relationship with food and understand the importance of nutrition for optimal performance. 

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