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Recipients Announced for the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship Opportunity: April 2020

Three outstanding students were selected by SOPHE to receive registration fees and study materials for the April 2020 examination.

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., (NCHEC) has announced the names of three recipients for the second round of the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship.  This award is designed to assist full-time undergraduate or graduate students with the fees associated with the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination. The recipients for this award have demonstrated both financial need and a passion for their chosen field of Health Education and Promotion during their academic careers. NCHEC sponsors this scholarship opportunity, and the awards process is administered by the SOPHE Awards Committee.

The names of the scholarship recipients are:   

Victoria Donnelly
Gabrielle Diaz
D. Rose Ewald

Victoria Donnelly is a graduate student at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health seeking a master’s degree in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. She has previously received the Rollins AmeriCorps Alumni Scholarship, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society. In regards to achieving this Helen P. Cleary Scholarship, Ms. Donnelly has said, “I know that by becoming a certified health educator, I will be better able to get jobs in my field and be better able to serve the communities that I work for. I look forward to the ability to demonstrate my skills of conducting community assessments, planning and implementing health promotion programs, conducting evaluation and research, and serving as an advocate for the health of the communities that I serve.”


Gabrielle Diaz is a graduate student at Sacred Heart University and will receive her MPH in Public Health with a Concentration in Communication Health in the spring of 2020. She has received the Sacred Heart University’s Department of Public Health Travel Award, which allowed her to attend the American Public Health Association annual conference in Philadelphia this fall.  According to Ms. Diaz, “In public health, you have to take chances. You may have to speak up and fight for what is the right answer, even when sometimes it is not the most popular one. I believe that taking the extra step to earn a CHES® certification is a chance that not all public health professionals take. I have learned to always strive for greatness and be the best public health professional I can be.”

Rose Ewald is an MPH student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a major in Community Health, and will graduate in May of 2020. Last year, the Public Health Education Department at UNC paid for her to attend SOPHE 2019 annual conference in Salt Lake City, where she presented a roundtable on Using the Power of Qualtrics and Mechanical Turk for Research.  “I am passionate about disability advocacy and enthusiastic about becoming a public health educator,” said Ms. Ewald. “I plan to obtain my CHES® certification so that any potential employers will have confidence in my skills, knowledge, and training.”


The Helen P. Cleary Scholarship was launched in March of 2019, in conjunction with NCHEC’s 30th Anniversary celebration, as a means to commemorate the many milestones achieved over the past three decades, including the continued delineation of the core competencies for CHES® and MCHES® over many different practice settings through a new practice analysis study, the administration of tens of thousands of certification exams across the country, as well as transition from a paper-based examination to an enhanced computer-based testing format with international reach.

The next application period for the Helen P. Scholarship will open in May of 2020, for the October 2020 CHES® examination.  For more information about the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship, please visit, or

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