Help for Those Who Help Others
Help for Those Who Help Others: Students Pursuing Public Health Studies Have New Scholarship Opportunity
One person's passion for improving health outcomes has led to the creation of the first endowed scholarship for students in UWM's new Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health.
Connie Greiser graduated from UWM in 1971 with her Bachelor of Science in nursing. After spending two years as a public health nurse for rural Oconto County in northeastern Wisconsin, Connie spent the next 20 years as the administrator of the Oconto County Public Health and Home Care Agency. She provided educational opportunities in areas such as child and adult immunizations and prenatal care. Connie also pursued graduate work as a nurse practitioner, studying how nurse practitioners can be utilized in public health agencies.
Last spring, Connie established the Constance A. Greiser Public Health Scholarship for students enrolled in the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health. A generous gift from Connie's estate will enhance the value of her endowment in the future, making it possible for even more students to benefit from the scholarship.
The scholarship, which will last in perpetuity, supports Master of Public Health students preparing to practice in underserved communities. This fall, the first recipients will continue their own journeys toward assuring health services for those who need them most.
"Public health affects everyone," Connie says. "I support graduates of the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health because they will provide public health services and educational opportunities to all populations, regardless of age, race and socio-economic status. These services will be delivered in many different community settings, such as homes, schools and workplaces."
The Constance A. Greiser Public Health Scholarships will have an enduring impact on the students who receive them as well as on the thousands of women, men and children who benefit from the work of these public health graduates. With this support, promising graduate students will be able to live out their commitment to serve as leaders for healthier communities.