SOPHE awards four students with Helen P. Cleary Scholarships

These awardees are on track to enhance their careers

Washington, DC – May 26, 2022 – The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) in partnership with The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., (NCHEC), awarded four students the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship. The Helen P. Cleary Scholarship provides financial support to students enrolled in a health education-related degree program to take the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination

The scholarship honors Dr. Cleary who was instrumental in establishing NCHEC in 1989 and received the very first CHES® credential. The scholarship covers the examination registration fee and study materials for these students to take the exam in fall 2022. 

“NCHEC is thrilled to continue this scholarship program along with SOPHE to assist students in pursuing career aspirations in the health education and promotion field. We are very pleased to award four individuals with the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship for the upcoming fall exam.”

Linda Lysoby, NCHEC Executive Director

The Helen P. Cleary Scholarship is a program of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. and administered by SOPHE.

“SOPHE is proud to work with NCHEC to recognize and reward these health education and health promotion students. The Helen P. Cleary Scholarship is instrumental in helping students reach their goal of earning their certification as a health education specialist. These students are so deserving of the prestigious Helen P. Cleary Scholarship.”

Tammy Dillard-Steel, MPH, MBA, CAE®, SOPHE’s President & CEO

Katelyn Brown is a senior community health student at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She is an active volunteer serving in various capacities with Impact Retreat, Sisterhood of Aggie Mentors, Texas Runners Against Cancer, and CHI St. Joseph’s Hospital Systems. Currently, Katelyn is an intern with Texas A&M’s Living Well Team.

Kaleigh Bryan is a recent graduate from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in public health with a concentration in community health and a minor in sociology. She begins her career as a care services coordinator at the ALS Association’s Arizona Chapter this month.

Megan Echevarria is a study administrator in the Department of Outcomes Research at City of Hope in Duarte, California. She helped to develop and launch several studies focused on understanding the late effects of cancer treatment and conducted a program evaluation of the vaccination clinic. Megan is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Aishwarya Potluri is a dentist and currently a doctoral candidate at Georgia Southern University in Statesville, Georgia. She is a teaching assistant at the university with an interest in refugee health in communities and bringing change in underserved communities using health education as a tool. Aishwarya received her master’s degree in healthcare administration from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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