Patience Ugwi

Before arriving at Harvard, Patience Ugwi worked as one of just two doctors serving 23 villages in rural Nigeria. She provided critical services, but many of her patients came to her only when their conditions had become desperate. And for every child she treated, she wondered how many more she would never see. She knew she wanted to work on a greater scale. Her acceptance to the School of Public Health was a dream come true, but she did not know if she could afford to attend. The real joy came a few days later when she learned that she had been awarded a grant of full tuition. Only then did she know she could take the next step toward creating lasting change for the people she serves.