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APHA's Get Ready campaign recognizes six scholarship winners

Washington, D.C., April 22, 2013 – The American Public Health Association congratulated the six recipients of its 2013 Get Ready Scholarship today, 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 essay applications submitted by high school, undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation. The winners were selected on the quality of their essays on the importance of emergency preparedness. Each of the awardees will receive $500 from the Get Ready campaign toward their studies and 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:

Colin Maloney: Saint Ignatius High School, Cleveland, Ohio

Brittany Yopp: Isaac Bear Early College High School, Wilmington, N.C.


Undergraduate college level:

Ashlee Benge: Goucher College, Cedar Park, Texas

Makedah Johnson: University of Maryland, Silver Spring, Md.


Graduate college level:

Fabienne Lorenz: California State University-Northridge, Reseda, Calif.

Anjani Parikh: Virginia Commonwealth University, Glen Allen, Va.


Students were asked to submit an essay on various topics, including flu prevention awareness, state-level emergency preparedness and improving flu vaccination rates among health workers. Visit the Get Ready website to read excerpts from the winning entries.


“Through the scholarship program, we are thrilled to help educate these dedicated students about the importance of emergency preparedness and provide financial assistance that will allow them to further their education,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “This year’s winners are among the best and brightest students in the country and will become exemplary public health leaders in their own communities one day. We join them in celebrating their hard work.”


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.



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