University of Maryland School of Public Health PhD student Ms. Izidora (Izzie) Skračić is among the new cohort of University of Maryland’s Alumni Association Scholarship recipients, an award given to those who show commitment to and involvement in the university community.
In her application, Ms. Skračić, a native Croatian studying family science, highlighted the need to reach out to alumni who live overseas as a unique way to expand students’ opportunities post-graduation, and the need to make the entire campus accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
The cohort was chosen based on their ideas for alumni engagement, as well as their service and academic excellence. Ms. Skračić is one of two PhD student recipients out of 27 awardees chosen from a competitive pool of 108 students.
Ms. Skračić came into the maternal and child health program in the family science department passionate about sexual and reproductive health. Now, as a third-year PhD student, she is a vital member of the UMD research team evaluating DelCAN (Delaware Contraceptive Access Now). As believers in the importance of contraception for all, Ms. Skračić and her research team are investigating DelCAN’s implementation process and are interested in what other states and countries can learn from Delaware’s experience in expanding contraception access.
After completing her PhD, Ms. Skračić hopes to work at the intersection of politics and academia, influencing sexual and reproductive health policy from within a think tank, foundation or non-governmental organization (NGO)
Ms. Skračić is using the $1000 per semester award to support her tuition. In September, she attended the Fearless Ideas Campaign event with alumni and supporters and will continue to engage with stakeholders throughout the year.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 08