Helen P. Cleary Scholarship Recipients Announced for Students Seeking the CHES® Credential in October 2024

June 6, 2024 – The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., (NCHEC) have announced the names of three recipients for the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship for the October 2024 CHES® examination. 

This award, first instituted in 2019, is designed to assist full-time undergraduate or graduate students with the fees associated with the examination. Applicants for this award were to demonstrate both financial need and a passion for their chosen field of Health Education and Promotion during their academic careers. NCHEC sponsors this scholarship opportunity, offered twice yearly, and the awards process is administered by the SOPHE Awards Committee.

“We are so pleased to work with NCHEC to provide these three exemplary students with this tremendous opportunity,” SOPHE CEO Dr. William Datema said. “Each one has earned this, and we wish them the best of luck moving forward.”

The names of the October 2024 scholarship recipients are:  

  • Devin Osborne, Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Nelta Timothee, University of Florida
  • Erin Chocklett, Liberty University

Devin Osborne holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and is pursuing his Master of Public Health from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Devin is a driven health education specialist, motivated particularly by his rural Western-North Carolina roots, where the need for quality health education is at an all-time high. He looks forward to receiving the CHES® credential with the help of the Cleary Scholarship to prove his dedication to the field.

“By being able to sign off on documents with ‘Devin Osborne, CHES®,’ I can showcase my expertise in the field of health education and demonstrate my dedication to the field.” said Osborne.

Nelta Timothee is a graduate student at the University of Florida with a major concentration in Health Education and Behavior. She is passionate about subjects related to health disparities, particularly obesity and physical activity.

Says Timothee, “I believe that CHES® certification is not only a personal aspiration but a vital step in increasing my knowledge and sharpening my skills to provide the best possible care to the world. CHES® credential-holders inspire trust and confidence among their peers, patients and families.”

Erin Chocklett is a Master of Public Health student at Liberty University with a 4.0 GPA and is working toward a potential career in maternal and child health.

“Accidentally stumbling upon the field of public health was the best thing that ever happened to me,” said Chocklett. “I feel so at home when I can educate populations through various professional experiences, aiming to improve positive health outcomes and the quality of life in the long term.” The next application period for the Helen P. Scholarship will run from September 23 – 27, 2024, for the April 2025 CHES® examination.  For more information about the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship, please visit www.nchec.org/scholarships, or www.sophe.org.