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Student & Alumni Achievements

South Florida: Graduate Student Sharonda Lovett is a 21st century scholar

University of South Florida College of Public Health graduate student Ms. Sharonda Lovett was awarded the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) 21st Century Student Scholarship. Through SOPHE’s Campaign for the 21st Century: Building SOPHE’s Future, the scholarship supports full-time undergraduate and graduate students interested in attending SOPHE’s fall summit or annual spring conference.

To receive the scholarship, students must be a member in good standing within the national chapter of SOPHE and sponsored by a faculty member. To date, the campaign has funded more than 120 scholarships and provides up to 21 scholarships each year for national/chapter members.

“I was excited and surprised when I received the scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to build a strong pipeline of public health scholars across the country and further develop their skillset to address public health challenges,” she said. “It meant a lot to be recognized for the work I have done.”

As part of the scholarship’s award, recipients are able to attend SOPHE’s three-day Annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, that allows public health professionals and students to engage in effective advocacy for a common agenda at the national, state, or local level. Following the summit, attendees are encouraged to build upon some of the advocacy skills discussed during the summit and apply them to projects in their own community.

This year’s summit was titled, “Championing Health for Vulnerable Populations.”

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