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Major Donor Profile: Barry & Janet Lang

Dr. Frank Marcus

We are interested in public health because we place a high value on health and all of the benefits it brings to people. Healthy people experience a higher quality of life and are better equipped to succeed in life.

It is a widely accepted belief that earning a graduate degree increases employment and career advancement opportunities for job seekers. At the same time the pursuit of a graduate degree often creates a financial catch 22 when faced with the rising cost of tuition making higher education unattainable for many prospective students. With a strong belief in the benefits of public health, Barry and Janet Lang established The Barry and Janet Lang Scholarship to help students pursue a master of public health.

Between 2011 and 2014, the Langs have donated $75,000 to the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. This scholarship was matched with graduate tuition funding from the University of Arizona Graduate College. To date, the Barry and Janet Lang Scholarship has supported six students with comprehensive financial awards, fully funding two years of tuition and other significant educational expenses of the MPH program. The financial support ensures that the high cost of education does not deter promising students from earning a master’s degree.

“We are interested in public health because we place a high value on health and all of the benefits it brings to people. Healthy people experience a higher quality of life and are better equipped to succeed in life,” said Janet. “We believe health education is important so that the general population can learn how to prevent disease and live healthier lives.”

Looking to the future, the Langs will continue their support of public health students by contributing to the Joel Valdez scholarship fund that honors their friend who served as senior vice president for business affairs at the University of Arizona for 20 years before retiring in 2010. A total of two Joel Valdez Scholarships have been awarded for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 academic years, providing funding for an incoming DrPH and MPH students.

“These students go on to careers in public health, and will help people in our country, and others, to live healthier lives,” said Janet.

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For more information about the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health and giving opportunities, please contact:

Donna Knight

Donna Knight
Director of Development

(520) 626-6459
dknight@email.arizona.edu

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