Each spring during the decade I served as dean of HSPH, I met with current students who were completing their degrees. I invariably asked what their most rewarding experience here had been. And in ten out of ten years, the answer students gave was the same: “the other students.”
Students are the core of Harvard School of Public Health. They make HSPH a tremendously energizing, diverse learning environment like no other school of public health anywhere. And financial support for students is at the heart of our ability to recruit the best candidates and be the very best school we can be. No one should ever be unable to attend due to financial considerations—but unfortunately, finances are by far the number one reason students we would like to enroll give if they decline admission to HSPH.
When you support scholarships at HSPH, your gift has impact far beyond the walls of Harvard. You are investing in remarkable people pursuing knowledge, to quote Dean Frenk, as “the most powerful tool for purposeful, enlightened social transformation.” You are investing in the future of the field of public health. And you are investing in the millions of people whose lives our students and alumni work so hard to improve.
I hope you will join me in investing in this bright future by making a gift to the HSPH Scholarship Fund today.