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Megan Lehnerd, N14, often talks with vendors at the Government Center Farmers Market about programs like Boston Bounty Bucks, which encourages people from underserved communities to purchase fresh produce at farmers markets. By helping to make fresh fruits and vegetables available and affordable for everyone, Lehnerd aims to improve community health.

A student in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts, Lehnerd co-leads a program that teaches nutrition and gardening to third-grade classes in Chinatown. And she partners with the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness as part of her Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, which supports graduate student projects addressing health disparities in vulnerable communities.

None of these efforts would be possible for Lehnerd without the scholarship she receives, which is funded by Ellen H. Block, BSOT66, chair of the board of advisors of the Friedman School. The scholarship supports outstanding Friedman School master’s students who are committed to working in direct service to communities in the United States after graduation. Lehnerd’s activities at Tufts underscore her already deep commitment to helping communities improve their health and well-being.

“The Friedman School is unique in how it looks at all the aspects that feed into nutrition and creating better food systems,” Lehnerd says. “I knew I wanted to come here but was unsure about the financial piece of it. Thanks to the Block Scholarship, I’m privileged in being able to continue my education and I know that I will pay that forward.”