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Zuckerman Challenge

Zuckerman Challenge - Double Your Impact


Our Goal

With your support we raised more than $2 million to create a sustainable scholarship endowment that supports our students financially, and to deliver community-engaged transformative wellness programming that will benefit public health in Arizona and around the world. We are so grateful for the matching $2 million gift from the Zuckerman Family Foundation that inspired others to give so that ultimately we raised $4,251,350 total for scholarships and programming combined.

The Opportunity

Each gift up to $2 million was matched, dollar for dollar, through The Zuckerman Family Foundation.
These gifts help ensure that deserving students are empowered to serve their communities through public health careers.

Fundraising Update

We exceeded our Zuckerman Challenge fundraising goals and raised $1,150,016 for Programming and $1,101,333 for Scholarships!

A big THANK YOU to all our donors who helped us achieve our goal!


Your Gift: Local Impact, Global Reach

Generous donors contribute to the Scholarship Endowment


J&J Vosila Scholarship

The Vosila Family funds scholarships for biostatistics graduate students in recognition and appreciation of the important role that biostatisticians play in public health.

- Anonymous Donor

Mullis Native American Scholarship

We give to increase the opportunities for our indigenous students.

- Buddy and Charlotte Mullis


Students share the impact of scholarships on their goals to eliminate health disparities

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“I am involved in Juntos Por La Salud, a mobile health unit that provides free health screenings for Latino populations. My career goals revolve around the aspirations of doing Border Health work. Your generosity allows me the opportunity to continue to seek my goals.”

- Priscila Ruedas
BS Public Health


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“Not having to worry about paying for expenses allows me to focus on my academics and other involvement that will ultimately shape me into the professional I am striving to be. My ultimate career goal is to return back to the Navajo Nation as a public health professional to create and implement health interventions that are culturally tailored not only to my community but others as well."

- Morgan Farley
BS Public Health


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“I am starting my dissertation research project to better understand the health effects of heat and pesticide exposure in migrant farmworkers. This scholarship will not only allow me to concentrate more on my graduate projects, but it motivates me to conduct research on issues associated with underserved communities in rural areas.”

- Nicolas I. Lopez-Galvez
PhD Environmental Health Sciences



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“Ultimately, I hope to return to my birth country, Congo DRC, where I plan to use my training and education to work as an epidemiologist and help combat high rates of disease in that region. Through your generous support, it is possible for me to continue achieving my educational and career goals.”

-Annie Haguma
MPH Public Health Practice


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“My ultimate career goal is to work for the Cancer Prevention unit of IARC and help to expand cancer prevention strategies throughout Latin America. The only way that I can continue to study and expand my knowledge and skills is with the help of scholarships.”

-Dora Valencia
MPH Family and Child Health - Global Health


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“I hope to continue my engagement in research throughout graduate school and gain valuable experience working with rural populations in and around Pima County. Using my education and experience in both public health and health science research will allow me to view health on a wider scope of practice and achieve improvements in the overall health of Native and Latino communities."

- Graciela (Zonnie) Olivas
BS Public Health



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