The Impact of Giving at SPH

Each year, hundreds of scholarships are awarded to deserving students in the School of Public Health. These dollars make an impact - not only for the student recipients, but also for the field of public health. An investment in our students is an investment in future public health leaders.

The SPH Alumni scholarship is a unique award at SPH. Funded by alumni, the endowed fund supports scholarships for continuing students. Alumni support has been crucial to supporting SPH students pursuing their graduate degrees. Read more about the incredible SPH students who benefited from the SPH Alumni Scholarship in 2016-2017 and consider making an online gift today.

Subin Jang, MPH Student, Epidemiology
“In India, I got to see so many things that I would never have imagined. And now when I’m applying to jobs, I have a real-world, international experience that I’m proud of to share.”


Hannah Volkman, PhD Student, Environmental Health Infectious Diseases
"During my MPH, a group of SPH students and I co-founded a non-profit organization called TC Food Justice. We work to reduce food waste and hunger in the Twin Cities by partnering with local grocers and farmers markets to take their excess produce to hunger relief organizations such as food shelves and homeless shelters. Since beginning 'food rescues' in 2016, we have diverted more than 8,000 lbs of fresh produce from the landfill and delivered it to food shelves."


Valentina Lin, MPH Student, Public Health Administration and Policy
"When I was diagnosed with a serious illness at the age of 12, I was devastated because I knew my parents couldn't afford to pay for my surgery. It took months of working through the U.S. healthcare system with the help of my sister, healthcare provider, and social workers before I was finally able to get coverage through the Children's Health Insurance Program. It it wasn't for the public health infrastructure already in place, my quality of life would have been significantly decreased."


Teigan Dwyer, MPH Student, Epidemiology
Teigan Dwyer is motivated to investigate infectious diseases in an international setting. Scholarship support helped him spend the summer working with a community health team in Dodoma, Tanzania to survey secondary students on high risk behaviors and their sexual and reproductive health. The results will be used to implement an adolescent health program in the region. "Having a scholarship helps me focus on my studies and public health experiences instead."


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