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Massachusetts Dietetics Education Foundation Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Scholarship Application 2022
All scholarship applicants must have a current Academy membership and have Massachusetts as their affiliate state. For information on how to become a student member of the Academy, please click here: Scholarship applications without a member number will not be considered!

To be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a current MAND member and self-identify as a person from an underrepresented group in the field of nutrition and dietetics, such as one or more of the following: Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino/Latinx, Asian, Native American, person of color, LGBTQ+, male, person with differences in ability, or a veteran. Demographic data will not be considered in review of your application. Answering these questions is voluntary and they include an option for “Prefer not to disclose.” The supplemental qualitative questions are what impacts the review process.

If awarded a scholarship, students must provide a verification statement from their university/internship stating that they are enrolled in the program as noted in the application. This must be done prior to the scholarship disbursement.        

All questions and required documentation must be completed to be considered for this scholarship. If you have any questions, please email Lisa Lombardini at Thank you!

All applications are due by May 31.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. NOTE: Applicants who apply for both the MDEF and the MDEF DEI scholarships can only be selected as a recipient of one type of scholarship.
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Email *
Are you a current academy member and affiliated with the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND)? *
What is your Academy membership number? *
Are you a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States? *
Applicant full name (Last, First, and Middle initial) *
What are your preferred pronouns? (i.e. she/her/hers, they/them, etc.)
Current mailing address - please include street name and number, apartment # (if applicable), city/town, state, and zip code *
Telephone number (for contact if selected) *
Do you self-identify as a person from an underrepresented group in the field of nutrition and dietetics, such as one or more of the following - please check all that apply: *
Education Program Categories - only choose one (must select the program you will be enrolled in during the Fall 2022 semester): *
School or Program Name *
Expected Graduation/Completion Date (Month and Year) *
Most recent GPA (if selected, you may be asked for official verification): *
Paid work experience: *
Please list any paid work experience that you have had over the last 3 years. Please include job title, place of employment, length of time/years employed, and a brief description of your roles and responsibilities.
Unpaid volunteer experience: *
Please list any unpaid volunteer experience that you have had over the last 3 years. Please include volunteer position, location, length of time/years of service, and a brief description of your roles and responsibilities.
Achievements or creative works: *
Please list scholarly activities (presentations at a conference, published books or articles, etc.) or creative works (successful blog, cooking shows, awards, etc.) or other recognitions (if applicable). Please provide a short description of the activity if needed.
Please tell us about yourself, state why you think it is important for people from diverse backgrounds to enter the field of nutrition and dietetics, and how you hope to help foster increased diversity in the field of nutrition and dietetics (about 300 words or less) *
Describe your personal financial situation - indicate your total level of debt, the yearly cost of the program you are applying/enrolled in, and your expected income for the year including any other scholarship awards received (about 100 words or less) *
Two letters of reference are required. One must be from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  Please list referee names and credential(s) if applicable. Reference letters must be sent from referee directly to: Lisa Lombardini MS, RD, LDN at  All letters MUST be received by the due date. The applicant is responsible for making sure the letter is received by the deadline in order to qualify. *
CERTIFICATION: All of the information in this application is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. Please type your name and date the application is completed. *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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