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Scholarships & Awards


MDEF sponsors several scholarships. See the MDEF page for more details.

2024 Award Winners

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year (Annie Galbraith Award)

Jane Warden Folkman, MS, RD, LDN

Award being given posthumously.


Young Dietitian of the Year

Jamie Ekstrom, RD, LDN, CLC



Emerging Dietetic Leader

Sue-Ellen Anderson-Haynes, MS, RD, CDCES, LDN, NASM-CPT


Outstanding Preceptor

Kimberly Sabada, MD, RD, LDN, CDCES


Outstanding Educator

Paula Quatromoni, DSc, RD 


Outstanding Dietetics Student in a DI

Elizabeth Zalis


Outstanding Dietetic Student in a DPD

Regina Barrera Flores


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President's Welcome

Message from Outgoing MAND President, Sangeeta Pradhan

Hello RD and NDTR friends,

As my term as President draws to a close, I am filled with an immense sense of gratitude to be given the incredible honor of serving as your President. I ask for your indulgence as I share a few parting words with you.

Everything about food and nutrition inspires and energizes me. Do you feel the same way? This innocuous entity called food holds the power to transform health, to be a game changer, and to arguably change the course of chronic disease. Which itself is awe-inspiring!

And RDs are uniquely positioned to be stewards of that change!

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Dietitian The Dietitian is responsible for implementing the overall nutrition program for the Elder Service Plan (ESP) and assists the Dietitian Manager to ensure that the nutrition programs are in compliance.. Read more >

Clinical Dietitian To provide complete nutritional care of high priority and at-risk patients, in the inpatient setting, based on preceding nutritional assessment and work cooperatively with representatives from other.. Read more >

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MDEF Scholarships

For 2024, MDEF will be giving out two MDEF scholarships and one MDEF Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) scholarship to deserving nutrition students, each in the amount of $1500. Please pass along to any nutrition students or interns who may be eligible to apply!

All applications are due by May 31st