Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow

In May 2014, four incoming George Washington University doctoral students were selected as the inaugural cohort of Michael and Lori Milken Public Health Scholars.

The scholarship program is funded by a generous $10 million gift from the Milken Family Foundation, which was awarded to the Milken Institute School of Public Health in March 2014.

As the Milken Institute School of Public Health continues to increase its global presence and address the world’s most challenging public health issues, the new funding will allow the school to recruit and retain top candidates in the field.

"The scholarship program allows us to offer outstanding students from diverse backgrounds the financial support to work toward an advanced degree in public health," said Dr. Lynn R. Goldman, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of Public Health. "For the first time in our school's history, we are able to recruit the most talented scholars in the world into our graduate programs. These students will be the public health leaders of tomorrow."

Meet the Scholars

Wendy Ellis

Wendy Ellis

Wendy is pursuing a Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy and currently works as the manager of child health policy at Nemours, a children’s health system.

Wendy's path from journalism to public health
Vinu Ilakkuvan

Vinu Ilakkuvan

Vinu is pursuing a Doctor of Public Health in Health Behavior and currently works as a research associate at the American Legacy Foundation.

See how dance and journalism have inspired her career goals
Qiushi Huang

Qiushi Huang

Qiushi is pursuing a Ph.D in Epidemiology and is currently a M.P.H. student at GW and an intern at Integrity Management Services.

Learn about her vision to make a difference in her home country
Jennifer Schindler-Ruwisch

Jennifer Schindler-Ruwisch

Jennifer is pursuing a Doctor of Public Health in Health Behavior and is currently a contractor for the National Cancer Institute.

Learn how she works to connect education and health