The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., (NCHEC) has announced the names of three recipients for the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship for the October 2020 Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination. This award was designed to assist full-time undergraduate or graduate students with the fees associated with the exam, as well as provide the study companion publication. Applicants for this award were to demonstrate both financial need and a passion for their chosen field of Health Education and Promotion during their academic careers. NCHEC sponsored this scholarship opportunity, and the awards process was administered by the Society for Public Health Education, Inc. (SOPHE) Awards Committee.
The names of the October 2020 CHES® exam scholarship recipients are:
Dayana Leyva is an undergraduate student at the Arizona State University pursuing a degree in Health Education and Health Promotion. Recently, Leyva engaged in a hands-on health advocacy study abroad trip to the Dominican Republic, and is also Vice-president of the ASU’s Health Promotion and Health Education Student Organization. About receiving the award, Leyva said, “The CHES® certification would also bring me closer to my long-term goal of starting my own non-profit organization that addresses food insecurity while also empowering communities to take the lead in their own development.”
Katherine Chan is an MPH student at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine seeking a graduate degree in Health Education and Communication. She discovered her passion for the field during her study abroad experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Earning the CHES® certification goes beyond a piece of paper or letters at the end of one’s name,” said Chan about the credential. “It is imperative to meet certain expectations and principles, and I aspire to be an exemplary health education specialist in my professional career.”
Robin McClain is an undergraduate at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey, seeking a degree in Public Health, with a concentration in Community Health Education. Her dream of becoming a health education specialist propelled her to pursue a degree so that she could contribute to the nation’s improvement of the health status of individuals and their families. In regards to achieving the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship, McClain said, “I look forward to the time when I am able to fully become a passionate Certified Health Education Specialist in our local County of Atlantic, New Jersey.”
The Helen P. Cleary Scholarship was first launched by NCHEC in 2019. The next application period for the Helen P. Scholarship will open in November 2020, for the April 2021 CHES® examination. For more information about the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship, please visit www.nchec.org/scholarships, or www.sophe.org.