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Meet the 2020 Student Scholarship Awardees

Date posted: Monday, June 8, 2020
Blog poster: Jonna Ashley

For 24 years, NEHA and the American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS) have partnered to offer scholarships to deserving environmental health students. The purpose of the NEHA/AAS Scholarship Program is to encourage students to make an early commitment to a career in environmental health as well as to inspire past and present graduates to pursue postgraduate studies in environmental health sciences. NEHA is pleased to announce the following 2020 scholarship awardees:

Graduate Scholarship Awardee, Summer Holloway

Summer Holloway is a graduate of Simpson University with a BS in Biology, (magna cum laude) and is currently enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas majoring in Environmental and Occupational Health. She has maintained a 4.0 average during her first year in graduate school and expects to graduate in the fall of 2021. Summer is a member of NEHA and the Nevada Environmental Health Association and has been employed by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) as an EHS since 2017 in the Food Operations office of the Environmental Health Department. Summer earned her REHS Credential in 2020. She is a Core Trainer for SNHD Food Operations Henderson Office and was the Secretary for the Nevada Food Safety Task Force. After graduating with her MPH, she intends to stay at SNHD and hopes to work in other environmental health areas such as vector control, solid waste compliance, and aquatic health. Summer has been described as one who displays great talents in communication, teamwork, dependability, and initiative, and understands the importance of professional growth. It was stated that Summer has a mastery of key concepts of environmental health such as population dynamics, sustainability, and risk assessment that will equip her to be able to contribute significantly to our profession and to make a difference in her community.

Undergraduate Scholarship Awardee, Amanda Ruckey

Amanda Ruckey is a student at Montana State University with a major in Microbiology-Environmental Health and expects to graduate with a B.S. in December 2021. She obtained her Associate of Science Degree in 2015 from Rowan College of South Jersey, Cumberland Campus. Amanda is an Assistant Manager at a Town and Ranch True Value business while pursuing her bachelor's degree from an EHAC accredited program. She served in an internship from May to August of 2019 working with Sanitarians at the DPHHS Food and Consumer Safety Section in Helena, Montana. DPHHS was so impressed with her work, she was asked by that department in February to do some further environmental health research work for them. Amanda is a Certified Food Protection Manager and a Certified Pool and Spa Operator. After graduating, Amanda wants to become a Sanitarian-in-training and take the NEHA exam to become a Registered Sanitarian. She wants to work for a small EH office so she can learn about environmental health in the areas of food safety, land use, pools and spas, and tattoo establishments. While working she intends to earn her MPH degree. Amanda feels that as a Sanitarian she can help people better understand public health and their local communities. She is said to be self-motivated, self-directed, and independent with a wealth of integrity. She is said to be entirely committed to a career in public environmental health.

Connor Henderson, Undergraduate Scholarship Awardee

Connor Henderson is a student at Western Carolina University (WCU) with a major in Environmental Health and Art and expects to graduate with a B.S. in May of 2021. She has maintained a 4.0 average during her first 3 years of college. Connor has been employed at the WCU Bardo Arts Center since August 2019 where she monitors the building for safety and compliance with fire marshal rules. She is a member of the Environmental Health Club and the University Honors College at WCU and is an Ambassador for the Honors College. After graduating, Connor wants to attend graduate school to earn her MPH degree concentrating on Environmental Health, and eventually work as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Her interest is in water quality and onsite wastewater treatment with its potential impact on groundwater. She wants to eventually become a Director of an Environmental Health Department. Connor has been described as one who excels at integrating her strong academic background and experience with her intellectual curiosity and motivation to accomplish her objective of pursuing a career in environmental health. Connor's attention to detail and the unique creativity that she brings to her classes in environmental health makes her stand out among her peers.

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