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Meet Our Scholarship Students

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health was able to award 47 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students and friends of the college were able to connect a face to the name and complete the circle of giving at the Annual Student Scholarship Luncheon held at Hacienda Del Sol in Tucson on November 9, 2017.

It is a day when we express our deep gratitude to those who generously open doors for our students in need. We celebrate the students, many of whom have risen above great odds to pursue their college degree. We acknowledge that without the help of donor support, the dreams of a higher education and a better future for those who are the recipient may not have been realized.

“This event is truly the highlight of our year and represents what we are all about,” said Dean Iman Hakim. “Matching the passion of our donors with our students that have a dream to earn a degree and make an impact on the world through public health.”

During the event, Mel and Enid Zuckerman were honored in a video tribute for their continued financial support to the College that bares their names and commitment to the University of Arizona.

Mel and Enid Zuckerman with three of the students who spoke at the luncheon. From left, Christina Harris, Teresa Sosa, and Hershel Clark.Mel and Enid Zuckerman with scholarship recipients who spoke at the luncheon. From left, Christina Harris, Teresa Sosa, and Hershel Clark.

Mr. Zuckerman also spoke at the event expressing his pride in the accomplishments of the college and particularly in the students who upon graduation will go out into the world and make a difference to improve the health of underserved minority populations.

Mr. Zuckerman also announced a generous gift of $2 million to the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Three of the students shared their remarkable and inspiring stories. Listen as they share their personal journey here…

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Christina Harris
Degree: BS, Public Health
Award: George H. Dean – The Victoria Foundation Scholarship

“This scholarship has made it possible for me to take my focus off of the financial stresses and to open myself up to experiences that will ultimately help me continue to grow as a future public health professional.”

Christina she spent the summer as an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium Minority Health Disparities Scholar researching roles of education and competency in the public health workforce. She is also very involved with the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, where she serves as a student ambassador and the social chair of the Public Health Undergraduate Network while working as the student assistant in the Office of the Associate Dean of Academics. Christina plans to pursue an MPH in Health Behavior Health Promotion and an MBA with an emphasis in health care. She aspires to work in hospital administration after completing her education.

Hershel Clark, Diné
Degree/Concentration: MPH, Family and Child Health
Award: Zuckerman Native American Scholarship

“I am passionate and committed to the field of public health to help develop best practice methods to improve the health care system and address problems of health inequalities that American Indians face today.”

Hershel’s passion is to raise awareness and foster solutions for the adverse social determinants of health that tribal communities face. He also has a passion for expanding the disciplinary study of American India Studies within the world of public health. After completing his MPH, Hershel plans to work in tribal, state or federal governments to help develop best practice methods to improve the health care systems and health disparities challenges that American India communities face.

Teresa Sosa
Degree/Concentration: MPH, Health Behavior Health Promotion
Award: Hispanic Women’s Corp., Zuckerman Family Foundation and The Victoria Foundation Student Scholarship

“This scholarship literally allows me to finish my degree, as I will have exhausted federal student loans next semester. Aside from the academic rigors of graduate school, financial stressors can prevent student retention and completion – and this scholarship helps alleviate those stressors.”

As the first member of her family to graduate from college and attend graduate school, Teresa attributes her public health calling to personal experiences, political activism and volunteering for the nation’s first AIDS service organization, facilitating HIV prevention and education workshops which led to a full-time job. Teresa’s primary public health interests include sexuality and reproductive health, focusing on harm reduction, STI/HIV prevention and college populations. She would also like to work with LGBTQIA communities to create population-centered health education and promotion interventions by eliminating stigma and shame, particularly in the Latino/a/x community. Her future plan is to teach at a Hispanic-serving community college in the areas of sexual and reproductive health by improving culturally relevant educational interventions for better outcomes.

Previous Recipients

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