(from the KMF website)
After reviewing 119 submitted applications from 38 universities, the Katie Memorial Foundation (KMF) is proud to announce three recipients of the 2010 Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship. They are:
Mara K. Hansen (Harvard University)
Mara K. Hansen will spend parts of the next year working in India and Morocco to design a comprehensive program to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STI's) in Morocco. Specifically, Mara will study the success of The Corridors Project, an internationally renowned project , supported by the Gates Foundation, that has been working on the reduction of STI and HIV/AIDS transmission among commercial sex workers in three districts of Karnataka, India since 2005. Mara intends to use the Corridors Project as a template for a similarly successful program that she will design for and present to her Moroccan colleagues. As a Peace Corps volunteer working previously with the Moroccan Ministry of Health, Mara created educational, prevention , and testing programs to protect the health of sex workers in the city of Boumia. She is currently a master of science degree candidate in global health and population studies at the School of Public Health at Harvard University.
Norah Herzog Meyerson (The University of Washington)
Norah Herzog Meyerson will work with Health Alliance International (HAI) in the newly independent country of Timor-Leste, to encourage healthy practices regarding maternal and child health at HAI's Birth-Friendly Facilities. Birth-Friendly Facilities (BFF's) are culturally competent, effective and sustainable medical facilities that provide an institutional alternative to home-births. In Timor-Leste, roughly 90% of women deliver at home, where medical complications are not handled safely - leading to one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Norah's program will ultimately expand the function of BFF's to include use as a women’s community center for education, discussion, and access to family planning methods in addition to offering mentorship to women in becoming champions of health in their own households and communities at large. Norah was previously a health care professional in Seattle, WA and Brooklyn, NY and a graduate of Pitzer College, where she received a scholarship based on leadership and community service. She is currently enrolled as a master of public health degree candidate at the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.
Megan C. Slaughter (The University of Minnesota)
Megan C. Slaughter will work this summer with the Uganda Village Project to improve preventative health education and healthcare provisions related to malaria, safe water, hygiene and sanitation, reproductive health, and immunizations in the marginalized Iganga district. Megan will serve as the leader of a team that develops partnerships with local community members and other organizations to facilitate collaboration in reducing health disparities, while increasing the sustainability of community health programs. Megan has worked previously with Americorps, the Independent Medico Legal Unit in Nairobi, Kenya, and the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis. She is currently a master of public health degree candidate in community health education, with a concentration in global health and human rights, at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.
The recipients, finalists, and semi-finalists for this year’s scholarship are listed below and posted on the KMF website shortly.
This year’s applications were reviewed by multiple board members, KMF volunteers, and public health experts, in a six-stage evaluation process. Among many impressive applicants, we feel that this year’s recipients and their projects embody those qualities of leadership, innovation, and sustainability that we are especially keen to recognize with Katie Evans Memorial Scholarships.
The Katie Evans Memorial Scholarships award one-time scholarships of up to $3,000 to graduate students in support of work in the field of international health. They are the only graduate scholarships awarded annually by a family foundation in support of grassroots international public health projects in the developing world.
Since 2007, the Katie Evans Memorial Scholarships have supported public health pioneers doing important work in communities from Mae Sot, Thailand to Pohnpei, Micronesia to Kingstown, Jamaica, at schools including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Arizona, and Katie’s alma mater, Florida International University.
The Katie Memorial Foundation (KMF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission to advance excellence in the international field of public health by supporting innovative, pioneering, grassroots-level projects undertaken by students follows from the things that Katie Evans believed and did throughout her remarkable life.
Mara K. Hansen, Harvard University
Megan C. Slaughter, The University of Minnesota
Norah H. Myerson, The University of Washington
Michelle Desmond, University of Washington
Devina Kuo, University of California, Berkeley
Jesse McKenna, Boston University School of Public Health
Brooke Nichols, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Kimberlee Roxburgh, University of South Florida
David Sanders, Oregon Health and Science University
Elizabeth Bunde, Tulane University
Patrick Ercole, Saint Louis University
Kathleen Maloney, Tulane University
Krystal Rampalli, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Kimberlee Roxburgh, University of South Florida
Sean Trafficante, Tulane University