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APHA Announces Winners of Get Ready Scholarship

Washington, D.C., April 25, 2011 – The American Public Health Association today announced the six recipients of its 2011 Get Ready Scholarship, an annual award given to high school, undergraduate and graduate students who display a strong commitment to improving public health and emergency preparedness.

This year’s scholarship recipients were chosen from among hundreds of applications submitted by students across the nation. The winners were selected on the quality of their essays on preparedness. Each of the awardees will receive $500 from the Get Ready campaign to further their education and pay for school costs as well as a free one-year APHA membership. Below is the list of the students who have been selected for this year’s scholarship award.

High school level:
Katherine Double, Bear Creek High School, Lakewood, Colo.
Amy Miller, Yukon High School, Yukon, Okla.

Undergraduate college level:
Alex Ghenis, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.
Katelyn Somers, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

Graduate college level:
Alana Massey, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
Leanne Piña, University of Texas, Houston, Texas

Students were asked to submit an essay on various topics ranging from planning a successful Get Ready Day event and assessing their university’s emergency plan to discussing the role of social media as a tool for emergency preparedness. Visit the Get Ready website to read excerpts from the winning entries.

“We are very pleased that for the third straight year, we have been able to not only help educate these dedicated students about the importance of emergency preparedness in their own communities but also to provide financial assistance that will allow them to further their education,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA.

Started in 2009, the scholarship is a component of APHA’s Get Ready campaign, which works to help Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all health hazards and disasters, including pandemic flu and infectious disease. Learn more about the Get Ready Scholarship at For additional Get Ready materials, go to the Get Ready blog or listen to a recent podcast.

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