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.

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."


Meggie Howell, MHA Student
"In the summer of 2017, I completed an internship in Moshi, Tanzania at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. There, I helped open and operationalize the country's fourth oncology clinic, working hand-in-hand with Tanzanian physicians, nurses, and hospital staff. Not only was the opportunity a life-changing cultural experience, but I felt honored to get to use some of the skills I learned in the UMN MHA program to get the clinic off to a great start."


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."


Maria Sundaram, PhD Student, Environmental Health Infectious Diseases
"I hope, as I think everyone hopes, that one day I'll write a report or publish a paper that will change a situation for the better. We all know that this can be both rare, and an enormous struggle, but even the possibility of that change is something that inspires me."

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