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Gunnin Scholarship

The Gerry C. Gunnin, Ph.D. Public Health Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an eligible student enrolled in an accredited Texas school and pursuing a graduate degree or doctorate in Public Health.
Gerry C. Gunnin, Ph.D. Public Health Memorial ScholarshipThe scholarship is a tribute established to honor Dr. Gunnin's leadership and continue a legacy of advancement in Public Health.
To be considered for the Gunnin scholarship, an applicant must:
  • Be enrolled in an accredited Texas Public Health school and program
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Carry a GPA of 3.0 or greater
Questions? Call 682-236-7190 or contact us via email.
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2013 Award Winner

Mudita Upadhyaya

Mudita Upadhyaya, 2013 honoree
Mudita Upadhyaya
University of Texas at Houston, School of Public Health
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
Tulane University
Fulbright Fellow, Master of Science in International Health
"Growing up in India, I realized that one of the important indicators of development of a society is the quality of care offered to its weakest sections, which includes children, poor and sick people of all ages. My first brush with the field of applied Public Health came when I worked as a research associate at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, on a project aimed at improving access for emergency obstetric care for women below the poverty line. During this time, I started to become increasingly fascinated by the concepts and impact of preventative medicine. Thus grew my motivation to build a career in a field that would enable me to help a large number of people and would continuously challenge and motivate me to grow further.
"In the future, I see myself working as a technically sound and responsible researcher, to be able to bridge the gap between research and practice in real world settings. I would like to work in the area of maternal health, breast cancer and health service delivery. I wish to use my knowledge and expertise to encourage communities to foster positive collaborations and focus on their assets."

2012 Award Winner

Umber Shahid

Umber Shahid, 2012 honoree
Umber Shahid
University of Texas at Houston, School of Public Health
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
Health Services Academy/Quaid-E-Azam University
Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
Rawalpindi Medical College/University of Punjab
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.)
University of Punjab
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)
"I’m a second-year doctoral student with majors in Management Policy and Community Health in the University of Texas, School of Public Health Houston. By profession, I’m a physician then switched my field from clinical to preventive side and really enjoy working in public health.
"With regard to my past experience, I have worked seven years in health projects of HIV/AIDS and malaria with International NGOs, focusing on low-income, minority communities, with an attempt to increase treatment compliance, supportive care, self- and family counseling, in addition to epidemiological studies of high risk population.
"I have a passion of working for community based health projects with special interest in HIV/AIDS and cancer. I truly believe it is an emerging way to encourage meaningful evidence about practices in community; it empowers the community to take ownership. I aim to combine knowledge and action for social change to improve community health and eliminate health disparities.  I look forward to this challenge and to participate in such a dynamic field."

2011 Award Winner

Tricia VanCleef

Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health, College Station, TX
Master of Public Health (Border Health Concentration)
University of Texas-Pan American (UTPS), Edinburg, TX
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Arts in English (Minor Graphic Design)
"I have long struggled between the pursuance of art or science as my life's work.  I came to the realization that the area of study I was truly fervent about, health care, was not strictly one or the other, but a fusion of both."
"After having been a teacher at Santa Maria ISD, a school district that serves the underprivileged colonia community of Santa Maria, Texas, I felt the desire to walk the path toward nursing and public health to aid unique populations such as this."
"I was not born in the Rio Grande Valley, but I grew up here; it is my home.  I have seen the Valley flourish and progress at a rapid pace.  Still, many areas of the Valley have been left behind in terms of development and healthcare.  Not only are these areas usually rural and underserved, but they are in a unique situation as they are positioned on the border of Texas and Mexico.  I have chosen Border Health and nursing as my areas of concentration as they will help me adapt my deliverance of public healthcare to a specific population."

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