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Helen P. Cleary Scholarship Recipients Announced

Four outstanding students selected by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) to receive registration fees and study materials for the Spring 2022 CHES® examination


The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., (NCHEC) has announced the names of three recipients for the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship for the April 2022 CHES® examination.  This award, first instituted in 2019, is designed to assist full-time undergraduate or graduate students with the fees associated with the examination. 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 sponsors this scholarship opportunity, offered twice yearly, and the awards process is administered by the Society for Public Health Education, Inc. (SOPHE) Awards Committee.

The names of the April 2022 scholarship recipients are:   Gabriel Sosa; Lakeysha R. Mutcherson; Celena Slowick; and RoShonda Welch

Gabriel Sosa an undergraduate student at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a B.S. in Health Systems Management graduating in the spring of 2022. He is a member of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. a Latino-based organization that primarily seeks to take a leadership role in meeting the needs of the Latino community through academic achievement, cultural awareness, community service and promotion of the Latino culture and people. He also serves as an intern at Camino Research Institute, conducting research and evaluation on Latino immigrants through Community Based Participatory Research in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“As a future public health professional, I seek to reduce disparities and address inequities among the Latino population through health education and providing the resources they deserve,” said Mr. Sosa. “With the help of CHES® credentialing, I will be provided with the opportunity to further serve as a catalyst to better the quality of life to those that have similar cultural backgrounds as myself.”

Lakeysha R. Mutcherson is a current Doctoral Candidate at Georgia Southern University, where she is pursuing a DrPH with a concentration in Community Health Education and Behavior.  She is a current member of Chi Pi Zeta Sorority Inc. and a U.S. Army Veteran hailing from Ellabell, Georgia. She has previously completed internships at St. Mary’s Health Clinic and The Savannah Commons retirement living community, which served to strengthen her recognition of the importance of community educational support.

“In the long term, I would like to build a program that empowers women and minority groups through incorporating self-help classes, counseling, and health literacy along with other aspects that will add value to themselves and their community,” said Ms. Mutcherson. “Being certified in community education will aid in the knowledge and skills I need to achieve my career goals and objectives in healthcare research and community policy development.”

Celena Slowick is a second-year graduate student enrolled in a Public Health program at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale. Currently, she serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at SIU and teaches foundations of human health to undergraduate students. She will also receive her certificate in college teaching upon graduation in May of 2022. Ms. Slowick loves teaching and watching her students learn and develop a better understanding of their health and wellness, and sharing her knowledge and experience in public health and in healthcare.

“Obtaining the CHES® certification will help me to become a more qualified educator in my field and ensure that I have a complete grasp and sound understanding of pertinent health topics,” said Ms. Slowick. “Knowledge is power, and I feel that having the CHES® credential after my name would make me a prominent candidate for any health education opportunity following graduation.”

RoShonda Welch is a graduate student at Georgia Southern University pursuing her DrPH in Community Health Behavior and Education. She has a passion for health education, especially among minority Maternity and Child Health populations. 

She has completed HIV Peer Educator Training with the Florida Department of Health and Great Indoors Training with Miami Children’s Initiative. In addition, she served as an intern for both The Community Health and Empowerment Network and Carrfour Supportive Housing where she was able to conduct health and wellness presentations with a formerly homeless population as well as serve on a planning committee for a fundraising gala targeting women’s health and HIV/AIDS awareness in African American and Black Women.

“In the words of Shai Reshef, when you educate one person you can change a life, when you educate many, you can change the world,” said Ms. Welch. “Pursuing CHES® certification will allow me to give back to the community by educating minority populations living in low socioeconomic status communities through outreach programs and interventions.”

The Helen P. Cleary Scholarship launched in March of 2019, and continues on a bi-annual basis. The next application period for the Helen P. Scholarship will run from April 11-15, 2022, for the October 2022 CHES® examination.  For more information about the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship, please visit, or



Established in 1988, NCHEC is the only accredited U.S. certifying agency for the health education/promotion industry. NCHEC is a highly recognized and well respected non-profit credentialing organization administering two professional credentialing programs including the CHES®, designed for entry-level health education specialists, and the MCHES®, targeted to advanced-level practitioners. For more information about NCHEC’s certification programs, visit



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