With the hope of further developing emerging leaders in the field of Global Health, Drs. Jan and Phyllis Updike are generously offering one $4,000 scholarship to an incoming fall 2012 applicant. The scholarship will be awarded to an individual who has a long-term professional and personal commitment to the field of global health.
“It is our hope that this endowment might spearhead an accelerated movement toward further developing leaders in the emerging field of Global Health and Global Diplomacy,” Jan and Phyllis Updike said.
Brad Miller, Director of Graduate Admissions, said the 'Christian O. Updike M.D. Endowed Scholarship for Global Health' offers the Josef Korbel School an opportunity to attract rising talent in the field of Global Health.
“I am pleased that this scholarship gives qualified students the opportunity to study a field that meets the mission of the University of Denver: a private university for the public good,” Miller said.
Randall Kuhn, the Director of the Global Health Affairs (GHA) Program, said that this scholarship should help attract experienced applicants to one of the best places possible to study global health programs, policies, and diplomacy.
“We bring Washington and Geneva to our classrooms every week, and we encourage students to visit those places,” Kuhn said. “But we spend just as much time discovering and developing the next generation of global health innovations, whether in the villages of Bangladesh, the slums of Nairobi, or on mobile phones just about anywhere.”
The GHA program has always promoted students as global health leaders through their work in field research projects, through participation in the global health student association Sante, and by setting up their own courses or service projects. Graduating students from this program have moved on to work at places such as the CDC, Medicins sans Frontiers, Partners in Health, Clinton Foundation, Global Health Corps or the World Bank.
“Students who already have that kind of experience can set an example for their fellow students and play an even more active leadership role in our program,” Kuhn said.
“This scholarship is a huge step forward for this program and a huge opportunity for future recipients, but it is also just the beginning. Phyllis and Jan Updike have been lifelong pillars of global health practice in Colorado and abroad. We fully expect that their gift will signal to other potential donors the importance of global health affairs, and the global and local benefits of endowing future scholarships in this area.”
- M. Schwinn, MA Candidate, International Security
Josef Korbel School of International Studies