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Schweitzer Fellows Program Director
Loyola University Chicago Students Awarded Schweitzer Fellowships for Innovative Community Work
Four Loyola Students Receive Award for their Commitment to Helping Those In Need
CHICAGO, April 24, 2008 – The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program, a service-learning program for graduate students committed to helping Chicago’s underserved communities, recently awarded five Loyola University Chicago students with Schweitzer Fellowships. The Loyola students were among 31 awardees, who were chosen from 100 applicants. The awardees represent 23 different university programs including medicine, nursing, law, psychology, public health, pharmacy, art therapy, and music.
The Loyola awardees include two Stritch School of Medicine students, Angelina Shigeura and Mark Stoltenberg, two School of Law students, Kymian Ray and Paraisia Winston, and one School of Nursing student, Darla DeWolff. Each student was asked to submit a personal statement and a proposal for a project they would like to conduct that involves 200 hours of service for an underprivileged community. Each Schweitzer Fellow will be directing their innovative program to improve health and access to health care for populations that are recognized as medically underserved, including the uninsured, immigrants, the homeless, minorities, and the working poor.
Named in honor of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program encourages students in health professions and related fields to “make their lives their argument” by serving the most vulnerable members of society. Now in its 13th year, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship addresses the serious and life-threatening needs of Chicagoans without sufficient access to health care services while encouraging aspiring professionals to honor their idealism.
The new Fellows’ projects will address such needs as implementing a Native American health promoter program to provide culturally appropriate information about healthier lifestyles, book reading and art therapy to reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem of children in a shelter, and expanding access to health and social resources for immigrant, undocumented, and day laborers in Chicago. The Fellows will also work together to organize public symposia and community service days.
“This Fellowship provides an expression of the strong altruistic impulse of young people even while they pursue the most demanding professional training programs in the country,” says Quentin Young, MD, chair of the program. “After 13 years, we’ve found that their experience as Schweitzer Fellows informs and carries into their full professional lives. These remarkable young individuals are the best and the brightest, and they are committed to making a difference.”
For a complete list of the 2008-09 Schweitzer Fellows visit www.schweitzerfellowship.org/features/us/chi/chi_fellows.aspx.
About The Chicago Area Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program
The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program, a program of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, provides service opportunities and support for aspiring health professionals who seek to help those currently underserved by our healthcare system. With the generous help of Chicago-based contributors, the Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program unites a diverse range of health professional students, faculty, and community-based providers who share a commitment to public service. For 13 years, the program has worked to help meet the healthcare needs of Chicago’s poor and underserved communities by selecting outstanding students from the city’s health professional colleges and universities
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu.