Meet the 2021 NEHA/AAS Scholarship Winners
Date posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Blog poster: Jonna Ashley
Each year NEHA and our partner organization, the American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS), provide scholarships for three deserving students. NEHA and AAS began the scholarship program 25 years ago out of a shared desire to support well-educated and well-prepared environmental health students committed to working as environmental health/sanitarians professionals and contributing to the public health of communities. This year the scholarship selection committee was faced with the challenging but rewarding task of evaluating many outstanding applications.
We would like to thank the Scholarship Committee members James J. Balsamo, Jr. (committee chair), Bob Powitz, Petrona Lee, Keith Krinn, Robert Nelson, Marie Woodin, Harry Grenawitzke, Michele Samarya-Timm, and Bob Washam for their great due diligence in scrutinizing the applications and choosing the best students for the undergraduate and graduate scholarships.
Congratulations to the 2021 student recipients:
Graduate Scholarship, Saba Wube
The graduate scholarship winner is NEHA member Saba Wube. Saba is enrolled in the Master's in Public Health-Environmental and Occupational Health track at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and has maintained a 3.74 GPA. Saba expects to graduate in 2023. She is presently employed in the Southern Nevada Health District. Saba started as a generalist in inspecting pools and public accommodations, solid waste management, and complete restaurant inspections but is now specializing in food safety on the Las Vegas Strip performing inspections and training new sanitarians in Nevada. She works with private-sector sanitarians and executive cooking staff at major casinos in the area.
When Saba graduates from school, she has stated that she wants to use her knowledge to continue her career growth and mentor future generations of environmental health specialists. She has been said to be a self-sufficient, diligent, and dedicated student who is an excellent and engaged listener with good presentation and communication skills, good academic writing ability, and a strong ability for critical thinking with a powerful desire to make a difference for public health.
Undergraduate Scholarships, Samson StricklandSamson Strickland is an undergraduate student at East Carolina University majoring in environmental health and expects to graduate in 2022. He has worked as an intern in the Wake County Department of Environmental Services as a swimming pool technician performing inspections for over 500 pools. He is a student who is involved in many university activities and service organizations. He feels that environmental health offers him the opportunity to truly help people stay safe, protect the environment, engage in many new experiences, and make a difference in the world. He has maintained a 3.938 GPA through his third year of college taking courses in microbiology, safe drinking water, principles of food sanitation, air pollution, industrial hygiene, physics and chemistries, and institutional and recreational sanitation. Samson is a varsity student-athlete who excels in his academic work and has an enthusiasm for environmental health. He is said to be self-motivated, has good communication skills, and can apply knowledge and skills learned in class and labs.
"This scholarship means a lot to me. I am extremely grateful to those who donated toward this scholarship so that it could be an opportunity for me and anyone else who is fortunate enough to receive it. I have many plans and goals ahead. I am currently working toward an internship with my university on Covid-19 wastewater surveillance. I'm in the process of applying for a few more upcoming internships including one at Duke Energy, before I get started on my inevitable career. Again, I would really like to thank everyone who made this possible and I won't let them down." --Samson Strickland