Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health was able to award 88 scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Our students and their benefactors gathered together to share a meal and connect a face to the name to complete the circle of giving at the annual Scholarship Luncheon held at the Arizona Inn on Nov. 15 in Tucson.
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 may not have been possible.
“This event is truly the highlight of our year and represents what we are all about,” said Iman Hakim, dean and professor of the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. “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.”
Meet our scholarship students who spoke at the event.
Degree: BS – Public Health, BA - Global Studies, SPanish Minor
Awards: Chicanos Por La Causa/Zuckerman Family Foundation Scholarship
Armando is from Nogales, Arizona, which is where he first got to experience medicine and helping people who needed it most while volunteering at St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic as a translator. He is a public health major with an emphasis in global health, as well as a global studies major with concentration in global health and a Spanish Minor. He has a desire to go into the medical field and pursue a career in orthopedics, with a concentration in either pediatrics or sports medicine. His ultimate goal is to either participate in an international medical group that provides medical assistance to people in countries where the help is needed or develop his own NGO that would work in rural areas within the United States or aid Border towns.
Degree/Concentration: MPH – Family and Child Health– Global Health
Award: Kent and Liz Campbell International Public Health Internship Endowment Award
Over the summer, Rowena completed an internship in partnership with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania forged by Dr. Aminata Kilungo. She traveled with a recent MUHAS graduate to neighborhoods in and around Dar es Salaam to gain knowledge of the on–the–ground water and sanitation situation in primary schools, resources that have been provided to the schools, and resources the teachers would deem helpful to address the critical need for students to have adequate handwashing stations and sufficient toilet facilities. Rowena would like to work with local governments, agencies and entities to coordinate needs, resources, and delivery of resources with national and international non–profit and government agencies to ensure uptake and usability of aid. As a result, her future career goals involve looking internationally at the intersection of research, large aid agencies, and local people and organizations.
Degree/Concentration: MPH – Health Service Administration
Award: Zuckerman Native American Scholarship
Tanner hopes to tackle and alleviate health disparities affecting Native populations in the southwest.
Degree/Concentration: MS/PhD – Health Behavior Health Promotion
Award: College of Public Health Community Advisory Board Scholarship
Namoonga’s research interests are in racial/ethnic health equity, cross–cultural health, organizational justice and sleep. While at MEZCOPH, she hopes to gain expertise in the utilization of behavioral change models to impact long term health outcomes. At the culmination of her academic pursuits, Namoonga hopes to work in public health at the community level using community mobilization and participation to foster the development effective normative cultures of health and wellbeing within the respective social/cultural contexts.