Gerry C. Gunnin, Ph.D. served as president of the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation and vice president of the Community Health Improvement Department for Texas Health Resources from 1995-2001. His passion for the community made him an irreplaceable member of the Texas Health Presbyterian family and his community. The Gerry C. Gunnin, Ph.D. Public Health Memorial Fellowship, or Gunnin Fellowship, is a tribute established to honor the late visionary's leadership and to continue a legacy of advancement in community health improvement efforts.
The Gunnin Scholarship was instituted in 2006 to assist individuals pursuing a graduate or doctorate degree at a Texas accredited institute of higher learning in establishing a career in promoting community and public health. The Gunnin Fellowship, established in 2017, annually presents one student with a $10,000 tuition award. Additionally, the selected fellow will intern with the Texas Health Resources Community Health Improvement department for 400 hours where he or she will be paid a total of $5,000 over the course of the fellowship.
An applicant must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for the Gunnin Fellowship:
- Enrolled full time in an accredited academic institution in the state of Texas.
- Enrolled full time or accepted for full-time enrollment in a graduate or doctorate degree program accredited in public health.
- Must begin classes for the fall term on or after July 1, 2020.
- Ability to work on-site at Texas Health for a 10-week internship (timeframe is flexible and will be discussed with the recipient), which equates to 400 hours. The fellowship must be completed before a recipient graduates from a post-graduate program. While the start date is flexible and based on their school schedule, the applicant must reside in (even if temporarily) and be able to travel within the Dallas-Fort Worth area during the fellowship.
- Have proof of identification and eligibility to work in the United States.
- Must complete a Texas Health employee application prior to starting the fellowship and pass a criminal background check, a drug screening and an employee physical examination. Texas Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
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