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The Department of Allied Health Sciences celebrated its 10th annual Scholarships and Awards Brunch, designed to celebrate donors and students across eight departmental programs.

Dozens of esteemed donors joined nearly 100 student scholars from the Department of Allied Health Sciences to celebrate the department’s tenth annual Scholarships and Awards Brunch on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Student scholars represented eight programs within the department.

In 2016, the average award accounted for about 35 percent of tuition costs for an in-state undergraduate and 15 percent for an in-state graduate student.

Programs represented at the brunch included:

  • Division of Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • Division of Physical Therapy
  • Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science
  • Division of Radiologic Science
  • Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Highlights included Lindsey Walker, a senior in the Division of Radiologic Science, who served as a student speaker. Walker, a Phyllis Ann Canup Pepper Radiologic Science Memorial Fund scholar, spoke of how a car accident changed affected her life. “Every day is a step closer to recovering,” Walker said. “Every day I learn something new, like how much I love the human heart or how in my element I feel when I’m working in the lab.”

“This scholarship gives me hope. It allows me to worry less about money and more about upcoming tests. I can spend more time studying rather than splitting it between work and school. I can focus more on myself and the care I provide to my patients,” Walker said.

Dr. Stephen Hooper, chair of the DAHS, said each year the department strives to increase gifts to lessen the burden of debt for its students. “Your generosity already has had a significant impact on reducing the tuition costs for our students,” Hooper said. “Your support has helped us to address our key program values with vigor, integrity, and an outstanding level of quality on the part of our students, faculty, and staff.”

The annual brunch was held at the Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill.