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Alumni Profile: Elizabeth Churchill
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Alumni Profile: Elizabeth Churchill, '09

A Desire to Help Others

I have spent the last five years of my life volunteering and studying abroad, while pursuing dual master's degrees in public health and anthropology at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, I realized how health interacts with all aspects of life. Because of my education and scholarship support, my life has been invigorated and I have discovered my life purpose.

The impoverished lifestyle and lack of health care available to the villagers of Ghana simultaneously engaged and inspired me, underscoring that a truly happy life is not possible without good health. My education at USF has proven invaluable. Before graduation, I was able to travel to Cambodia where I worked with a NGO in a rural village as a health adviser while performing research for my thesis.

The timely process of getting my thesis approved was costly and frightening. The scholarship support I received enabled me to take the time to truly understand and translate the needs of rural Cambodian people, and has assisted me in finding employment after receiving my degrees in public health and anthropology from USF. By receiving private support, I was able to concentrate on changing lives rather than focusing on how to meet my own financial obligations.

Please join me in leading the charge and consider making a gift to the Annual Fund for the College of Public Health today, to help open doors of opportunity and discovery for USF students. My hope is that they, too, may share in the successes I have been so graciously given.

Bif Churchill, '09
USF College of Public Health, Community and Family Health
Masters of Public Health and Anthropology

 

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