As the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health kicks off fall semester, incoming Master of Health Administration student Ms. Violetta Saldanha is ahead of the game. Over the summer, she was awarded the $40,000 HCA Corris Boyd Scholarship from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and HCA Healthcare.
Ms. Saldanha is the third scholarship recipient from UNC’s Department of Health Policy and Management since the Scholars Program was established in 2006. Her recognition was based on her leadership qualities, academic achievements, community involvement, and commitment to health care management as a career path. The $40,000 scholarship will support her tuition and expenses over the next two years.
“We are thrilled that Violetta was selected as this year’s Corris Boyd Scholar,” said Dr. Paula Song, associate professor of health policy and management at the Gillings School. “This honor recognizes her health care management leadership potential and her clear drive to improve quality of care for vulnerable populations.”
A 2018 graduate of the Lehman College of the City University of New York, Ms. Saldanha has proven her dedication to improving health care administration both in and out of the classroom. She interned at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and Montefiore Medical Group, and also traveled to Jamkhed, India, to work with the Comprehensive Rural Health Program.
“I am honored to be selected as the Corris Boyd Scholar and to attend a program as prestigious as UNC’s,” Saldanha said. “Being a minority and coming from a huge city like New York, I hope to learn how to transform minority patient experiences in urban hospitals. My ultimate goal is to work with low-income communities to reduce health care disparities.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on September 06