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Scholarship Recipients, Donors Recognized at Annual Celebration

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The 2014-15 recipients of scholarships in the College of Health and Public Affairs -- and the generous donors who funded the scholarships -- were recognized at the Seventh Annual Reach for the Stars Scholarship Dinner, held Jan. 30 at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center. 

The college honored 60 students who received financial aid through 64 scholarships. Many of the scholarship recipients had an opportunity to dine with the donor(s) who funded their scholarship.

The guests heard from retired associate dean Pam Kirby, who established the Robert and Pamela Kirby Endowed Scholarship in memory of her late husband, Bob. Both had taught for the college as adjunct faculty members in legal studies, and Pam created the scholarship in part to thank the college for the opportunities to teach.

The guests also heard from Carole Becker, a graduate of the minor in nonprofit management program, current student in the master's degree program in health services management, and recipient of the Joan S. and Aaron Liberman Endowed Scholarship. Becker spoke of the tremendous value of scholarships to her as she prepares for a career focused on helping others.

After dinner the recipients were invited on stage to receive a scholarship certificate. They also were photographed with the donor(s) and/or a representative of their academic program and college Dean Michael Frumkin.

At the conclusion, the guests enjoyed a short video of thanks featuring the scholarship recipients. Watch the video at

View photos from the dinner at (All photos by Abi Bell)

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— Michael Neimann M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
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— Jamie Dyson Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
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