CEHS Diversity Scholarship Luncheon

Smiles, tears and laughter filled the Farragut Inn Ballroom at Touro University California (TUC) early May as four students from the College of Education and Health Sciences (CEHS) became proud recipients of this year’s inaugural diversity scholarships.

Maintaining its commitment to the promotion of health and well-being of local and global communities through education, service, and research, the CEHS provided a total of $12,000 in scholarships - all funds generously donated by the CEHS faculty and staff. The goal of these scholarships is to retain and support underrepresented minority students and those from disadvantage backgrounds, as well as encourage scholarship recipients to use their degrees to improve the health and educational status among poor and disenfranchised communities locally and abroad. Four students, one from each of the CEHS programs, received a scholarship.

For Leah Galbraith, recipient from the School of Nursing, the moment signaled years of motivation and resilience at becoming a stellar nurse. “She overcame obstacles that would have deterred most people from achieving their goals,” said Ann Stoltz, PhD, RN, CNL, Director of the School of Nursing. “She is the first and only person in her family to graduate from college and is a role model for her seven children. She is poised to give back to her community through advanced nursing leadership.”

Public Health’s recipient, Alyssa Perry, was selected for her passion of serving the underrepresented population in Solano County. Perry began working in the WIC program as a Peer Counselor and was eventually promoted to the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program’s Lactation Educator and Counselor.

“She continues to help lead and shape community engagement efforts in her work,” said Jayleen Richards, Public Health Administrator of Solano County Health & Social Services. “She is an active contributor to activities she pursues and brings a wealth of experience, expertise and positive energy to her endeavors.”

Keith Jackson, who represents the Joint PA/MPH program, serves in the California Army National Guard as an Army medic. He is a leader among his peers and is the inaugural recipient for the PA/MPH program. As Joy Dugan, MSPAS, MPH, PA-C at TUC, stated, “Keith actively volunteered with many organizations supported by his local church. He is dedicated to serving our country and his community, and wants to further serve by becoming a Physician Assistant.”

As Monique Rountree walked to the stage to accept her award on behalf of the Graduate School of Education, family members stood and clapped proudly in her moment of recognition.

“Underrepresented communities are home to me because I am a product of one. These communities have so many amazing things to offer which brings forth its diversity. Diversity exhibits more than just ethnicity; it encompasses dialects/language, tradition, identity, and many other things that make these communities unique,” Rountree said.

The event garnered over 50 people from the CEHS program who helped celebrate its inaugural diversity scholarship awards.