Massachusetts Dietitians Education Foundation (MDEF)

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 by clicking here
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.

To Donate to the Scholarship Fund:

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!
RADA Cutlery link:



Special ANCE 2019 Announcement:

At ANCE 2019, the MDEF will be having a silent auction, Gift Cards to some of the major supermarkets, and also selling RADA Cutlery to support the scholarship fund. Any donations will be greatly appreciated and will go towards helping recipients further their dietetics education.   

Also, MDEF is now accepting credit cards! 

A special thanks to local supermarkets and retailers for their generosity:
Big Y, Star Market, Roche Brothers, Wegman's, Whole Foods, Market Basket, and Orgain. 

Meet Our 2018 Scholarship Recipients:

Taeylr Hair, 
Framingham State University

Taelyr is currently a master's student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Framingham State University, and holds a B.S. in Film and Television from Boston University. After working in commercial production, her passion for food and health guided her to the field of nutrition and dietetics. Taelyr is working toward a future career in pediatric nutrition with a special interest in critical care and inborn errors of metabolism.

Annabelle Harari, MS,
Dietetic Intern

Anabelle graduated with her Master's in Nutrition Communications and Behavior Change from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Her background includes urban farming and public policy work with anti-hunger organizations across California. Anabelle is passionate about mindfulness and intuitive eating, and hopes to work with women struggling with infertility, hormone imbalances, and weight management. Anabelle will be an intern with Be Well Solutions in Cleveland, Ohio and complete her internship in October 2019.

Melanie Zakin,
Boston University 

Melanie studied microbiology at the University of Michigan, and is currently in her final semester of the DPD/MS+DI program at Boston University. After the internship, she plans to work in the clinical setting, counseling patients with GI disorders and food allergies.

Past Scholareship Recipients
To view a list of past MDEF Scholarship recipients, please click here.
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